Matthew Henry Murton, or Matt as he is popularly known, is a professional baseball player from the United States of America. Matt was a student at the Eagles Landing High School where he played baseball before moving on to Georgia Tech to play collegiate baseball for the Yellow Jackets.

Murton was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 2003 MLB Draft and was sent to the A-League to play with their affiliates, the Lowell Spinners. Murton hit at .286 with 29 RBI and 2 home runs for the Spinners. This was good enough for the Chicago Cubs to bring him in to their team at the end of the season in a trade that also saw Nomar Garciaparra come over from the Red Sox.

However, unlike Garciaparra, Murton spent most of the year with the Daytona Cubs in the A-League. In 2005, Murton began with a stint at the AA-League West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx before receiving a sudden call-up to the Cubs to replace the out-of-sorts duo of Corey Patterson and Jason Dubois. Adam Greenberg also followed him to the top. Murton ended up playing 51 games that season, a result of the 2-for-2 against the Florida Marlins on his debut. He just went from strength to strength and ended the season with a .321 batting average with 7 home runs and a .386 on-base percentage.

Team Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies
Position Right Field
Born Oct 3, 1981
Nationality United States United States
Nickname Matt
Team History
Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 2009 - present
Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 2005 - 2008
Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 2008

Things just kept getting better for Murton who was now staring at the starting left-field position at the beginning of the 2006 season. In a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Murton hit 4-for-4 with 4 doubles and 5 RBI to match the MLB record for most doubles in a single game. By the end of the season, his .297 batting average was the highest in the team. He hit 13 home runs and 62 RBI on his way.

Despite his stellar performance for the Cubs, 2007 saw left fielder Cliff Floyd come into the side and that meant more bench warming for Murton. However, Alfonso Soriano switched to left field in the middle of the season, opening up the right field spot for Murton. Later in the season, Murton was sent down to the AAA-League as his place in the MLB roster was taken up by Clay Rapada, a pitcher. In July, 2007, Murton was called back up and he ended the season with a batting average of .281 and a .352 on-base percentage.

In 2008, Murton began on the bench for the Cubs and 8 games later, he was back in the AAA-League with the Iowa Cubs. Despite receiving another call-up to the Majors, he played just 19 games before being traded out to the Oakland Athletics. At Oakland, Murton only played 9 games in the entire season and in February 2009, was traded out to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Corey Wimberly.

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