At 33 years old, Matt Duffy has this physical status:
Matthew Michael Duffy (born January 15, 1991) is an American professional baseball third baseman who is a free agent.
He played college baseball at Long Beach State.
He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Rays.
Duffy grew up a Los Angeles Angels fan who was born and raised in Long Beach, California. Duffy attended Lakewood High School in Lakewood, California, where he earned the nickname "Duffman" after his freshman year. Duffy, a two-year letterwinner at Lakewood High School, led the team to a 23–12 record and a league championship in 2008. He was a two-time all-state pick and a two-time all-league pick. Duffy was batting average of.409 and 28 runs batted in as a junior. With 34 runs batted in and 3 home runs, he reached.380 in his senior year.
Duffy played college baseball at Long Beach State University from 2010 to 2012. Duffy played in 30 games in total, beginning 20 of them; averaged.244, had 8 runs, 21 hits, and 7 RBI. Duffy played in 55 games in 2011, starting 54 of them; averaged.266, had 214 at-bats, 22 runs, 57 hits, and 31 RBI. Duffy played in 85 games during his two seasons as a Long Beach Stater; averaged.260, 30 runs, 78 hits, and 38 RBI. Matt Duffy had a.253 average and an on-base percentage of.305 in 501 college at-bats. Duffy had zero home runs, sixteen doubles, and one triple over the three seasons. He was held in the lineup more for his defensive skills.
In 2011, Duffy competed for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod League, where he was named a league all-star and boosted his swing by being further back in the batter's box and adding a leg kick. He has occasionally worked with Benny Craig, the Firebirds' hitting coach. Craig urged Duffy to read Harvey Dorfman's The Mental Keys to Hitting, a book that Duffy claims he's read at least ten times, referring to it during the occasional challenges that hitting has been known for.
In the 18th round (568th overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, Duffy was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and signed with the Giants two days later. He began his professional baseball career in 2012 with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League, hitting.247 in 182 at-bats. Duffy played for the Augusta GreenJackets of the Class A South Atlantic League and the San Jose Giants of the Class A-Advanced California League in 2013. He hit.303 with a 45/41 walk-to-strike out ratio in 287 at-bats in Augusta, and in San Jose, Duffy scored.292 in 106 at-bats. Duffy, a member of the Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Double-A Eastern League, debuted in 2014.
Duffy played in 248 games, winning 942 at-bats, 286 runs, and 55 stolen bases in his minor league career. Duffy hit 13 home runs, had 135 runs batted in, walked 120 times, and struck out 145 times. Duffy had a batting average of.304 and an on-base percentage of.387 in the minors.
On August 1, 2014, Duffy was called up to the Giants and played his first game in the major leagues. Duffy's MLB debut is officially recognized as May 22, 2014, as the Giants' match against the Colorado Rockies was postponed due to rain and restarted on September 1. Duffy played out in his first at-bat as he began his game in the sixth inning at second base, striking out in his first at-bat. Duffy appeared in 34 games and had 60 at bats during the 2014 regular season. While batting.267/.302/300, he had 16 hits and 5 runs. Duffy earned the tying run from second base on a wild pitch in Game 2 of the 2014 National League Championship Series. When he went from second to home, he ran at a speed of 20.3 mph. In the 2014 World Series, Duffy was one of five rookies eligible to compete against the Royals. He was the youngest player on the Giants' 25-man roster in the 2014 World Series at age 23. By this time in his career, his bat knobs were decorated with cartoon "Duffman" decals.
In 2015, Duffy was invited to his first spring training session, where he earned the Barney Nugent Award, which is given to the player in his first Major League camp for the player who best exemplifies the club's spirit. Duffy was named to the Giants' opening-day 25-man roster on April 5. On April 15, he scored his first major league home run against the Colorado Rockies. Duffy defeated the Miami Marlins 3–2 on May 10, duffy on a walk-off, bases-loaded single. Duffy had three hits and 5 RBIs on May 12, leading the Giants to an 8–1 victory over the Houston Astros. Duffy was the first Giants rookie to reach 5 RBIs in a game since Buster Posey on July 7, 2010.
Duffy, a utility infielder, played all four positions infield between April and May, but he mostly played at third base as regular starter Casey McGehee struggled. After McGehee was chosen for assignment, Duffy was given the starting third base job for the Giants on May 24, 2015. Duffy batted.313 with 6 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs, and 15 RBIs in June, eventually ranking third in the batting order. Duffy fell short of hitting for the cycle in back-to-back games on June 27 and 28, the first time and a single the next day. In a 15–2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on July 10, Duffy had a career-high four hits in a 15–2 win. Duffy went for a two-run, go-ahead triple in the sixth inning as the Giants came from behind to beat the Phillies 8-5. Duffy came up one hit shy of going on for the third time this season, and this time, he would need a home run.
In a 2–1 win over the Oakland Athletics on July 25, Duffy knocked out a go-ahead run. The Giants beat Duffy by three runs on the following day, with three of the team's four runs scoring. Duffy scored four hits, including the game-tying RBI double in the top of the eighth inning, on August 4, as the Giants came from behind to defeat the Atlanta Braves 8-3. Duffy of the Washington Nationals finished 3-for-3 with a single, double, and home run on August 14, hitting the cycle for the tenth time.
Duffy received the Willie Mac Award for the team's most outstanding performer on October 2, becoming the first rookie to win in the award's 35-year history. Duffy hit.295/.334/.428 in his first full major league season, with 12 home runs, 6 triples, 28 doubles, 169 runs, and 77 runs scored. Duffy's 77 runs batted in were the most by a Giants rookie since Dave Kingman's 83 runs in 1972. In the NL Rookie of the Year poll, Duffy was a Gold Glove Award finalist and finished second, second to Kris Bryant.
Duffy won by 2–1 on May 7, 2016, after hitting a walk-off double in the bottom of the 13th inning. Duffy was put on the disabled list after suffering an Achilles injury on June 21, 2011. He batted.253/.358 on the season with the Giants.
The Giants traded Duffy to the Tampa Bay Rays on August 1, 2016, as well as Lucius Fox and Michael Santos for Matt Moore. Duffy made his Rays debut on August 12, going 1–4 for a single. The Rays put Duffy down for the season on September 7 after undergoing Achilles surgery. In 2016, he batted.276/.300/.355 as the Rays.
If his Achilles would heal at the expected rate, Duffy's original scheme for the 2017 season was for him to start the season at shortstop. However, Duffy was put on the 60-day DL due to complications during his recovery process. In 2017, Duffy came as close to returning to action after a rehabilitation stint, but more problems arose, prompting further setbacks. Duffy and the Rays expressed their dissatisfaction with the post-independence process, but they were also hopeful that he would play in the 2017 season. Complications grew, but Duffy never made a single appearance in a game in 2017. Duffy joined the instructional and winter league Rays' affiliates at the end of the 2017 season with the intention of continuing to build energy into 2018.
Duffy made the Rays' 2018 opening day roster and became the first Ray to play third base since Evan Longoria's trade. Duffy was put on the 10-day disabled list in April 17, shortly after, due to a right hamstring strain. In a 1–0 victory, Duffy scored a walkoff single against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 13. Duffy had a.300 batting average on September 20 and had a chance to become the first Ray to finish the season with a.300 average since 2011. Duffy's first full season since 2015 saw him cut.294/.366 with four home runs in 132 games and was deemed a front runner for the comeback player of the year award. In 2018, he had the lowest ISO (Isolated Power) of any MLB player, at.072.
Duffy appeared in just 46 games for the Rays this season, after suffering another injury-shortened season in 2019. Duffy was hired for service on November 20, 2019 and was released on November 22.
Duffy signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers on January 30, 2020. On June 28, he was released.
Duffy signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees on June 28, 2020. On November 2, 2020, he became a free agent.
Duffy began a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs team on December 21, 2020. Duffy was first selected to the 40-man roster on March 28, 2021. Duffy was drafted on the 60-day injured list with a reduced back strain on June 29. On July 23, he was recalled from the injured list.
Duffy agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels worth $1.5 million on March 16, 2022.