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Matt Ginter

Baseball Player

Mississippi State University - Major League

Mississippi State University - Major League

Background Information

Employment History

Full-Time Reliever
White Sox


MLB Baseball Player
Professional Baseball

Baseball Player

Starting Pitcher

Baseball Player
Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University

Winchester Sun

Miss. State

Class AAA Charlotte

Major League Baseball


Burlington Bees



Mississippi State University

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Matt Ginter

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(Photo courtesy of The Chicago Tribune) Matt Ginter delivers a pitch this year for the Chicago White Sox. Ginter was 1-0 in 20 games out of the bullpen this season for the Sox.(Photo courtesy of The Chicago Tribune)Matt Ginter delivers a pitch this year for the Chicago White Sox.Ginter was 1-0 in 20 games out of the bullpen this season for the Sox.
Being called up to the big leagueswas no surprise to Winchester'sMatt Ginter.It was all part ofa plan he formulated at age 7.He's...
Just winding up
Anyone who knows Matt Ginter probably wouldn't say he's cocky or over-confident.But make no mistake - the former George Rogers Clark High School baseball star and current up-and-coming right-hander for the Chicago White Sox says he isn't surprised by his success.It's all part of a plan he put in motion when he was still finding his game as a youngster growing up in Winchester.
"I guess when I was about seven, I decided I was going to be a Major League Baseball player," Ginter said.He added he could really see a career in professional baseball on the horizon "probably in high school" as a member of the Lexington Dixie Stars, a traveling summer baseball team for high school-aged players.
Ginter, 23, graduated from GRCHS in 1996 and headed for Starkville, Miss., where he attended Mississippi State University until 1999.With the Bulldogs, Ginter was a member of two College World Series teams (‘97 and ‘98) and Team USA (‘98).Ginter was drafted in 1999 by the White Sox and began his career on a winning note when he won the Midwest League Championship later that same year as a member of the Burlington Bees.Ginter played most of the 2000 season with Chicago's Class AA affiliate in Birmingham (where he was second in league in ERA) and was called up to the White Sox in September.
Matt Ginter, right, returns a newly-autographed hat to Steven Davis, 5, of Winchester at a signing session Nov. 24 at Daffodil's on the Bypass.
Matt Ginter, right, returns a newly-autographed hat to Steven Davis, 5, of Winchester at a signing session Nov. 24 at Daffodil's on the Bypass.
Unfortunately, Ginter got two big breaks at the same time and something had to give.His call-up to Chicago meant he had to miss playing on the United States baseball team at the Sydney, Australia Olympics.Although he had already been picked as a member of the team before the White Sox decided they would need him for their playoff run, he had to abide by their decision.
"There's not much I could do about it.It wasn't my decision to go or stay.It was the White Sox that decided it would be best if I stayed here," Ginter said.He admitted he wasn't completely disappointed with the turn of events.
"It was pretty nice to watch (the Olympic team) on TV," Ginter said."It's kind of hard to pick between Olympics and the big leagues.It's win-win either way."
Fortunately, Ginter had only one important commitment this fall.On Nov. 3 he married his high school sweetheart, the former Emily Ingram, daughter of Ron and Sarah Ingram of Winchester.The two bought a house in Lexington where Ginter said they plan to spend the offseasons.
Ginter started this past season in Class AAA ball at Charlotte, but was called up to the White Sox again in early June.He spent part of June, most of July and August and from Sept. 3 until the end of the season in Chicago.This season, Ginter pitched just under 40 innings in 20 games with the White Sox.
Not one of those appearances came as a result of a start, and that's something to which Ginter, a lifelong starting pitcher, still is trying to adjust.
The main difference between starting and relieving, Ginter says, is "trying to get used to being ready everyday in any given inning ... it's just a little bit more difficult to get used to, where starting, you know you're going to pitch every fifth day.In the bullpen, you've got to be ready today."
Ginter said he doesn't mind making the adjustment.He's just glad he can be useful.
"I just go do what they tell me to do.As long as the boss man keeps me up there, I'll do whatever," he said.
With a hoard of young pitchers currently a part of the White Sox staff, Ginter may have to settle into the relief role for a while.
"It's really amazing to see that our average age - at the end of the year - of our starting rotation was 23 and I think at one time we had 11 pitchers and seven were 24 or under," Ginter said.
"It's pretty nice that the White Sox will take a chance on young players.A lot of teams won't and I think if they keep us together, in the next three or four years we could turn into something good."
Right now, Ginter and his young mates still are learning the ropes of pro baseball, and they've got plenty of good examples to follow.
"Roger Clemens, when we played the Yankees, he won his 20th game at our place, I hated it," Ginter said, "but I was just looking at him and I was thinking ‘Yeah, do it.'"
Even being on the same level as Clemens and other players he used to emulate is sort of mind-boggling, but Ginter said if you don't stay grounded, you'll get in trouble.
"Once you meet them, they're everyday people.They're no different than you are, but you've had them on a pedestal for so long, you look at them as way above you and that's the thing you've got to throw out when you face them," Ginter said."He's just another hitter ... a big mental part of being in the big leagues is telling yourself that you belong there."
And as for his success against some of the players he followed as a youngster in Clark County?Well, Ginter's not ready to divulge information prematurely.
"That's hard to say.You don't want to jinx anything, so to say nothing is the best thing to do," Ginter said."You don't want to let the cat out of the bag and say something and then never get (a batter) out again.Until I'm done with it, I don't say."
Guess he won't be talking for a while.

WXYZ: Sports

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Matt Ginter (0-1) allowed five runs and 10 hits over 4 1-3 innings in his first start for the Tigers after 13 relief appearances.

Ginter was a full-time reliever with the White Sox before the Mets converted him into a starter last year.The right-hander did both this season with Detroit's Triple-A Toledo club, going 4-3 with a 5.09 ERA in 10 starts for the International League champion Mud Hens.As a reliever, he did not allow a run in 10 1-3 innings spanning seven outings.
A couple days ago, Tigers manager Alan Trammell said Ginter was best suited for middle relief, as opposed to starting.

PawSox Blog: PawSox Beat Bisons, 9-1

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Former PawSox pitcher Matt Ginter (3-6) took the loss.

Emily and her husband ...

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Emily and her husband Matt Ginter, a baseball player for the Mets, were in New York City awaiting that night's game against the Yankees.

Emily was safe, but covered in soot and running toward safety with Matt.

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