Graduated from Elkins High School in Prosper, Texas...was a 2004 baseball second team all-American and graduated as the school's all-time leader in hits...led his team to the USA Today Prep National Championship in 2002...played college ball at Texas Christian University...left as the TCU career leader in games played (241) and at-bats (843) and was a 3-time Mountain West Conference selection...hit two home runs in the 2009 Austin Super Regional vs. #4 Texas...named by the MLB Players Alumni Association as the Cardinals Heart and Hustle Award winner in 2013, 2014 and 2015, given to players who demonstrate a passion for the game and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game...serves on the MLB player advisory board for the Taylor Hooton Foundation, the foundation dedicated to educating young people about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs...his father, Rick, the baseball coach at Prosper (TX) High School, was named Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in 2014 and had Elkins High School baseball field named after him in 2015...his brother Tyler played college baseball at UT-San Antonio and two years in the Mets organization...Matt is one of a select few players who do not wear batting gloves...he and his wife, Mackenzie, reside in Fort Worth, Texas.
Led the team with 84 RBI and 28 home runs; the 28 home runs were a career high and most by a left-handed hitting STL third baseman in franchise history and the most by a STL left-handed batter since Jim Edmonds in 2005 (29)…Garnered votes for the Most Valuable Player Award by Baseball Writers of America (12th place finish)…Led the National League and St. Louis in doubles (44) and led the team in runs (101, 5th)…Collected 51 multi-hit games, T5th in the N.L. ..Had 7-straight multi-hit games 4/12-19 (.467, 14-30) and at least one in each game was an extra-base hit, the first since MIL's Paul Moliter in 1991 to do so (also 7 games) and joins Ripper Collins in 1935 as the only Cardinals to accomplish the feat…Had five-straight games with a double 4/13-18 (7 doubles)…Led the club in walks (81, 8th), on-base pct. (.365, 14th) and a career-high slugging pct. (.505, 8th)…Saw 4.22 pitches/plate appearance, 3rd in the N.L. and was 4th in the league in percentage of pitches taken (61.0)…Led the Cardinals with 14 game-winning RBI, T7th in the league…Batted .327 (36-110) with runners in scoring position, 12th in the N.L…Scored two+ runs in 21 games, the team going 17-4 in those contests…Hit five lead-off home runs, tying the club single-season record held by Lou Brock and Ray Lankford…In 80 games batting leadoff, hit .312 (98-314, 22 HR) with 22 HR to set a STL record, breaking Lou Brock's 1968 (21) mark. ..Played at second base for the first time since 2013 on 7/7 at CHI; made 9 starts and played 11 games at second…Started at first base on 8/27 for the first time since 2013, moved to 1st on two other occasions…Batted .293 with 22 hits vs. A.L. teams in 2015. Has a career .328 average in interleague play, the 2nd-highest among active players (min. 250 PA)…Had a 12-game hit streak 4/12-25 (.423) and was named National League Player of the Week during that span (week of 4/13-19). Also had a 10-game hit streak 8/4-14 (.368)…Missed four games due to extreme fatigue 5/7-10…Had his 1st career multi-HR game 7/30 vs. COL when he went 4-5 (2 HR, 2B) and scored 4 times. Had a season-high 4 RBI on 4 occasions (also 4/12, 5/5 & 9/23)…Was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle on 9/17 at MIL…Named by MLB Player's Alumni Association as the Cardinals 2015 Heart and Hustle Award winner, an honor he's received 3-straight years. One player from each MLB team is chosen based on their passion, desire and work ethic on and off the field.
Played in a single-season high 158 games, 5th in the National League...Named to National League All-Star Team by manager selection, but did not play. It was his second-straight All-Star selection...Ranked among N.L. leaders in runs (99, 3rd), at-bats (595, 10th), on-base percentage (.375, 7th), singles (119, T9th) and plate appearances per walk (7.46, 3rd)...Led the Cardinals with 162 hits (20th in N.L.) and 47 multi-hit games (T14th). Hit 33 doubles and recorded 43 extra-base hits...Led the National League with 4.37 pitches/plate appearance...Led the National League with 95 walks, which was also the highest single-season total by a Cardinals third baseman...Became the first Cardinals player to lead the N.L. in walks since Mark McGwire (1998), first Cardinals left-handed batter since Stan Musial (1953) and the first N.L. player with less than 10 HR to do so since Brett Butler (1991)...Ranked T3rd in the N.L. with a single-season best nine sacrifice flies. Has 23 sac flies over the past three seasons, T6th in MLB and 2nd in the N.L. (Posey, SF 24)...Led the majors in percentage of pitches taken (66.9) and ranked 3rd in N.L. in fewest pct. of swings and misses (11.9)...Batted .305 on the road, 8th in the N.L...Hit two lead-off home runs: 6/18 vs. NYM (Colon) & 7/22 vs. TB (Odorizzi)...Recorded a hit in 14 consecutive games, 5/18-6/1 (23-59, .390, 7-2B, 3B, 3 RBI), 2nd longest hitting streak on the team...Tallied a career-high 5 hits at KC (6/4)...Agreed to a six-year contract extension with the team on March 8, with a club option for a 7th year...Started all nine postseason games at third base...Hit four home runs during the postseason, T5th in Cardinals franchise history for a single postseason (6-Larry Walker and Albert Pujols in 2004, 5-David Freese and Pujols in 2011)...Went 6-16 during the Division Series vs. Los Angeles Dodgers including 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 7 RBI...Had two hits in DS Game 1, a 6th inning solo home run and bases clearing double in the 7th that gave STL a 7-6 lead, both off Clayton Kershaw...Hit game-tying 2-run home run in the 8th during DS Game 2 and solo HR in Game 3, becoming the 1st ever Cardinal to hit a home run in 3 consecutive games of a single postseason series...Hit his 4th HR of the postseason with a solo shot in the 3rd of League Championship Game 2...All four home runs came from the leadoff spot, T3rd with Carl Crawford (LAD 2013) for the most all-time in a single postseason while hitting first in the order, trailing PHI Lenny Dykstra (6HR, 1993) and LAD Davey Lopes (5HR, 1978)...Led off LCS Game 4 with a double, his 8th extra-base hit of the postseason and all coming while hitting leadoff, tying him with OAK Rickey Henderson ('89), PHI Lenny Dykstra ('93) and NYY Derek Jeter ('09) for the most extra-base hits in a single postseason by a leadoff hitter.
Played in 157 games, batting lead-off in 136. Moved to leadoff role on 5/2 and remained there the rest of the season... Selected by vote of players to the National League All-Star team, his first selection. Came in the game at second base and was 0-for-2 at the plate... Led the Major Leagues in runs (126), hits (199), doubles (55), multi-hit games (63) and tied for the MLB lead with three-hit games (18)... Ranked among N.L. leaders in batting (.318, 5th), on-base pct (.392, 7th), walks (72, T9th) extra base hits (73, 3rd), total bases (301, 3rd), triples (7, 7th), singles (126, 5th) and sacrifice flies (7, T5th)... Honored with the Silver Slugger, presented by Louisville Slugger, awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in each league, voted on by Major League managers and coaches... His 55 doubles broke the Cardinals franchise record for a left-handed batter (Stan Musial, 53 in 1953). Became 21st player in MLB history with 55 or more doubles... 55 doubles also were the most by a Cardinals primary second baseman, eclipsing Rogers Hornsby's 46 in 1922 and most by a Cardinal since Albert Pujols' 51 in 2003 & '04... Batted .388 with runners in scoring position (45-for-116), ranking 4th in the N.L... Saw 4.12 pitches per plate appearance, 7th in N.L. and 2nd among primary N.L. lead-off hitters... Led N.L. in home batting (.360), and MLB in runs (70) and hits (112) at home. His 112 hits at Busch Stadium set a new stadium record... Posted .279 batting average with two strikes, the highest in the N.L., while his 37 RBI with two strikes ranked 5th in the league. Ranked 7th in the N.L. with 35 two-out RBI... His 63 multi-hit games were most by a Cardinal since Albert Pujols (63) in 2003... Became the first MLB player since Dustin Pedroia (2008) and sixth Cardinals player all-time to collect 50 doubles, 115 runs, and 180 hits in a single-season, joining Albert Pujols (2003 & 2004), Stan Musial (1946 & 1953) and Joe Medwick (1936)... His 69 RBI, 63 extra base hits, 110 runs, 178 hits and .486 slugging pct. were tops amongst all Major League leadoff men... His 69 RBI from the leadoff position were the most by a Cardinals #1 batter since Lou Brock had 76 in 1967 and his 63 extra base hits were the most since Brock had 66 in 1968... His 110 runs from the No. 1 position rank 2nd among Cardinals since 1974, trailing only Vince Coleman's mark of 121 in 1987...Tallied 30 or more hits in May (37), June (38), August (35) and September (38)... Put together career-best 18-game hitting streak (5/21-6/9), 2nd longest on the team and 6th longest in the National League... Set a Cardinals team record and tied an MLB record by getting hit by pitch three times in one game (6/4 vs. ARI)... Was a part of two of the Cardinals three back-to-back HR instances (4/26 wtih Carlos Beltran vs. PIT & 6/6 with Shelby Miller vs. ARI)... Turned 106 double plays, most by any N.L. middle infielder in 2013. Also played 42 games at 3B, two at 1B and two in RF... Started all 17 postseason games at second base...had a hit in 5 of 6 League Championship Series games vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers...reached base three times (2BBs, 1B) in LCS Game 1 and tripled in Game 2 to lead off the 1st...had RBI-2B in LCS Game 4 win to drive in team's first run of the game; also scored on Matt Holliday's home run...his 11-pitch at-bat in the 3rd inning of LCS Game 6 led to a double, he then scored the first run of the game; also had a sac fly...hit .296 (8-27) in the World Series vs. Boston with multi-hit games three times...his sac fly in WS Game 2 in the top of the 7th tied the game at 2...had two hits, scored both times during WS Game 3...singled twice and scored one of team's two runs in Game 4...had three hits in WS Game 6.