Matt attended Lakewood High School in Lakewood, California, where he acquired the nickname “Duffman.” He led the Lancers to the league championship in 2008.
Matt’s 2017 season, his first with Tampa Bay, was derailed by complications from offseason surgery on his left heel. In 2015, as a member of the San Francisco Giants, Matt and RHP Chris Heston became the first set of teammates to lead MLB rookies in wins (Heston-12) and hits (Duffy-169) since the Chicago White Sox’ Gary Peters (19 wins) and Pete Ward (177 hits) in 1963. His 77 RBI in ’15 were the third most in Giants history behind only Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda (96 in 1958) and Jim Ray Hart in (81 in 1964). He finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year race in ‘15, falling to Chicago’s Kris Bryant. A member of the Giants’ World Championship team in 2014, Matt was acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays at the August 1 (2016) non-waiver trading deadline as part of a trade for left-handed pitcher Matt Moore.
Matt was elected the winner of the 2015 “Willie Mac Award,” named after Giants Hall-of-Famer Willie McCovey. This annual honor is bestowed upon the most inspirational player on the team as voted upon by Giants players, coaches and training staff.