Centreville High School graduate Matt Thornton talked to joeinsider.com about his exceptional Major League Baseball career, which ended in 2016 with the San Diego Padres. Thornton was the guest of honor at the Three Rivers HealthTRAC Open golf fundraiser on Sept. 8.
Drafted 22nd overall by the Seattle Mariners in 1998 (MLB debut in 2004), the former Grand Valley State University standout lefty made a name for himself as a reliable reliever when he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. He went on to play for the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals as well.
In total, Thornton appeared in 748 career games with a 3.41 ERA. Since 1999, when holds began being counted as an official statistic, nobody had more in the American League than Thornton’s 182. He won a World Series Championship ring with the Red Sox and was named to the 2010 American League All-Star Team.