MATT QUATRARO
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   MANAGER
Home: N/A Team:   ROYALS
Height: 6' 2" Bats:   R
Weight: 205 Throws:   R
DOB: 11/14/1973 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: N/A  
Birth City: Albany, NY
Draft: Devil Rays #8 - 1996 - Out of Old Dominion Univ. (VA)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
1996 PIO BUTTE   59 244 53 84 16 4 1 59 3   25 29     .344
1997 SAL CHARLESTON, SC     294 35 88 18 2 7 42 15   18 55     .299
1998 FSL ST. PETERSBURG   73 270 36 67 14 2 4 31 4   31 67     .248
1999 FSL ST. PETERSBURG   73 218 20 57 14 2 3 23 3   14 47     .261
2000 FSL ST. PETERSBURG   15 49 6 10 1 1 1 3 0   2 14     .204
2001 SL ORLANDO   81 271 38 88 24 2 6 35 4   17 60     .325
2002 IL DURHAM   35 101 12 20 4 1 0 7 0   5 26     .198
Personal
  • Matt grew up in Bethlehem, New York, near Albany. He was a big Yankee fan, especially Don Mattingly, Willie Randolph and Dave Winfield.
  • Besides baseball, Quatraro played basketball and golf in high school. He averaged about 16 points per game in basketball.
  • Quatraro enrolled at Old Dominion University because it was the only significant baseball program to make a scholarship offer. Matt went on to lead the Colonial Athletic Association with a .416 batting average in 1996.

    He was a history major and was an Academic All-American.

  • In 1996, the Devil Rays chose Matt in the 8th round, out of Old Dominion University in Virginia.
  • In 1997, with the Charleston RiverDogs, Matt became the first player to hit for the cycle in the history of the Devil Rays' organization.
  • In 1997, at Charleston, SC (SAL-Devil Rays), Matt volunteered to room with righthander Pablo Ortega and third baseman Hernando Arredondo, two well regarded prospects from Mexico. Quatraro wanted to learn more conversational Spanish and help the players adjust to life in the U.S.
  • In 2003, Matt signed with the Yankees organization.
Batting

PLAYING CAREER NOTES  

  • Matt hit for average and showed a little pop.

  • Quatraro played seven seasons, batting .286 with 23 home runs and 202 RBIs in 415 games, and in 2002 reached Triple-A Durham. After spending spring 2003 with the Yankees and after a chance to play in Italy fell through, Quatraro was hired in 2004 as Hudson Valley's hitting coach.

  • After turning pro, Matt played every position except shortstop and pitcher.
  • Quatraro managed a pitching staff with the intelligence of a coach and even learned Spanish to communicate better with Hispanic teammates. He displayed all the leadership qualities you want.
  • His arm was not strong enough to be an everyday catcher.
Fielding

 MANAGERIAL/COACHING TRAITS

  • Quatraro is sharp.

    "He's a bright, young, energetic, up-and-coming quality type manager," said Mitch Lukevics, Tampa Bay's director of minor-league operations. "He has the baseball knowledge, but he also has great communicative skills."

  • Matt has a real passion for the game.

  • He is patient with his players.

Running

 POST-PLAYING CAREER POSITIONS

  • 2004: The Devil Rays hired Matt as a Coach for the Hudson Valley Renegades (NYP).
  • 2005: Quatraro moved up to the Manager's chair with Hudson Valley (NYP-D'Rays).

  • 2008: Matt was Manager of the Columbus Catfish (SAL-Rays).

  • 2009: Quatraro moved with the team to Bowling Green, KY (SAL-Rays) as Manager.

  • 2010: Matt was the Rays' organization's co-Hitting Coordinator.

  • 2014: Quatraro moved to the Indians as an Assistant Hitting Coach for the big league team.

  • 2018: Quatraro became the Rays' third base coach. Quatraro is the first player named to the Rays' on-field staff who came through their minor-league system.

  • 2019: The Rays promoted Quatraro to bench coach.

  • Oct 30, 2022:  The Royals hired Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro as their new manager.

    Quatraro is the Royals’ 18th full-time manager in franchise history, the hire coming after the club parted ways with Mike Matheny following a 65-97 season. A long list of candidates had been narrowed down over the past three weeks, but Quatraro had always been viewed as the favorite, sources told MLB.com.

    Quatraro is the first key hire of J.J. Picollo’s tenure as executive vice president and general manager. In Kansas City, Quatraro will guide a young team oozing with potential. Thirteen Royals made their Major League debuts in 2022. And 21 rookies appeared in games this year, tied for third-most in franchise history behind 2004 (23) and 2002 (22). With his coaching experience throughout the Minor Leagues, knowledge of how successful small-market clubs are run and the respect and admiration he’s garnered from players, Quatraro checked all the boxes for the Royals. 

    Quatraro signed a three-year contract with an option for 2026.

    “We are extremely excited to have Matt leading our club and core of talent,” Picollo said in a statement. “Matt has great experiences throughout his career that have prepared him for this. He thoroughly impressed us all during our interview process and is clearly respected across the industry. We are looking forward to working alongside Matt to bring winning baseball to our great fans." (A Rogers - MLB.com - Oct 30, 2022)

Career Injury Report

CAREER INJURY REPORT

  • 1997: Matt missed two weeks in the first half of the season with a fractured orbital bone after he was struck in the face by a ball thrown during pregame drills.
  • July 1997: Quatraro broke a bone in his right hand when he was hit by a pitch.
  • 2001: He started the season on the D.L. and went back on the shelf May 22 with a groin injury. He was reactivated May 30.
  • 2002: Matt spent time on the D.L. early in the season. He was reactivated May 14.