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MassLive: Matthew Gedman Working Way Up Red Sox Ladder

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Over the weekend, MassLive.com had a piece from David Driver on UMass baseball alum Matt Gedman, who is currently playing professionally in the Boston Red Sox farm system for the Lowell Spinners:

Matthew Gedman strolled out of the Lowell Spinners clubhouse about three hours before game time on Wednesday at Ripken Stadium, just north of Baltimore.

The 23-year-old was wearing the road grey uniform of the Red Sox minor-league team, complete with wrist bands on both arms, and was carrying a black bat and glove before a game against the Aberdeen IronBirds, whose co-owner is Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.

Gedman, the former UMass baseball standout from Framingham, certainly looks the part of a pro baseball player. He has been around the game his entire life and said he was about 2 years old the first time he went to Fenway Park, where his father Rich was a catcher for Boston from 1980-90, then with Houston in 1990 and St. Louis in 1991-92.

"I remember more about the St. Louis Cardinals when my dad played for them," said the younger Gedman, who was born Sept. 26, 1988.

Now the elder Gedman, a graduate of Worcester High, is a hitting coaching with the high Class A Salem (Va.) Red Sox while his son is in his second pro season after being drafted by Boston out of UMass in 2011 in the 45th round.

"We talk about two or three times per week," said Matt Gedman, a 6-foot-2 left-handed hitter. "We don't really talk baseball too much. It is more how are you doing? He is pretty busy and I am pretty busy. In the off-season we hang out more."

The younger Gedman played shortstop for the Minutemen but has been used mostly at third base by Lowell, a short-season affiliate in the New York-Penn League. In games through Aug. 22 he was hitting .227 in 132 at bats with four doubles, three homers and 19 RBIs. Gedman made six errors in his first 30 games at third for the Spinners, who were 29-33 after a 3-2 win in 11 innings here Aug. 22.

"He is a great clubhouse kid. He has been around the clubhouse all of his life," said Bruce Crabbe, the Lowell manager. "He can play multiple positions if you need him to."

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Gedman Called Up To Double-A Portland For Season Finale

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UMass' own Matt Gedman had the opportunity to play the 2011 season finale with the Red Sox's double-A affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs, last night, getting the starting nod at third base.

Gedman was 0-3 in the contest in an 8-3 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats but finished his first season of professional ball with a .234 batting average (46-for-197), five doubles, one triple, three home runs, 18 runs scored and 17 RBI combined across three different teams.

Gedman began the season with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox before being promoted to the short season-A Lowell Spinners in late July.

Eagle Tribune: Baseball Bond Runs Deep For Gedmans

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The two men stood side by side just in front of the Lowell Spinners dugout, longtime Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman resting his hand on the shoulder of son Matt as he passed along a few words of advice.

"It feels like old times," said Rich Gedman. "I use to drag him to the ballpark and throw him pitches, and watched all of his Little League games. Now he is following his dream."

At 22 years old and now noticeably taller than his dad, Matt Gedman still listened closely to his father's advice, just as he has done his entire baseball life.

"On the field he is coach," said Matt. "But off the field he is just dad. To see him every day, to be around him is amazing. He's been working with me since I was a little kid."

Little League has now been replaced by professional baseball, but the two Gedmans again find themselves in the same dugout, father and son donning the uniform of the Lowell Spinners.

Read more of Baseball Bond Runs Deep For Gedmans from the Eagle Tribune.

Vote For Matt Gedman: Favorite Spinner Video Campaign

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Make sure to head over to the Lowell Spinners' YouTube page and vote for former Minuteman Matt Gedman in the "2011 Favorite Spinner Election". Check out Matt's campaign video:

Matt Gedman Promoted To Short Season A Lowell

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Congratulations to our own Matt Gedman, who was promoted from the Gulf Coast League Red Sox at the end of last week to the Short Season A Lowell Spinners of the New York Penn League. In 31 games in the Gulf Coast League, he hit .282 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, 15 RBI and 14 runs scored.

Gedman, who is now playing for his father, former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman who is the Spinners' batting coach, has played in three games since joining the team. He logged his first hit last night against the State College Spikes.

Another former Minuteman, Matt's brother Mike, was in action with his team, the Worcester Tornadoes last night, as well. Mike threw a perfect inning of relief, but the Tornadoes came up short against the Rockland Boulders, 8-2.

Gedman Leading GCL Red Sox In Hits

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A month into his professional career, UMass' Matt Gedman is among the top hitters for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.

Through 21 Games, Gedman is tied for the team lead with 18 hits, is tied for second in doubles (4) and is fourth in RBI (8) and on base percentage (.306).

The second baseman is hitting .234 in 77 at bats. 

Globe: Gedman Set To Sign

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Framingham's Matt Gedman, the Red Sox' 45th-round draft pick out of the University of Massachusetts and son of former Sox catcher Rich Gedman, reported to the team's minor league complex in Fort Myers yesterday and is expecting to sign today after taking his physical. Gedman, who can play several infield positions, had a .334 career average in four seasons at UMass. He was a starting third baseman in the recent New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-Star Game. "It's definitely exciting and now it's time to hopefully take advantage of my opportunity,'' said Gedman, who most likely will be assigned to the Sox' Gulf Coast Rookie League team.

Read the full Red Sox Notebook on Boston.com

ESPN Boston: Another Gedman With The Red Sox

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Marty Dobrow has a great piece on ESPNBoston.com about the Red Sox signing UMass' Matt Gedman. Dobrow mentions the possibility of Gedman being placed with the Lowell Spinners where his father, Rich, is the hitting coach. Rich also played for the Red Sox where he was a two-time All-Star catcher.

Coverage Of Matt Gedman's Draft Selection

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"Matt Gedman still had hope on Wednesday, when the First-Year Player Draft shifted to its final day.

The Framingham, Mass., native and senior at University of Massachusetts  thought there was a chance his name might get called somewhere toward the end of the Draft. He was incredibly nervous, so he traveled down to Cape Cod with some buddies to relieve stress the best way he knew how -- playing baseball.

 When Gedman got to his car and saw all the missed calls on his cell phone, he figured something had happened.

Gedman -- a 6-foot-2, 205-pound infielder -- became the 45th-round pick of the Boston Red Sox, his favorite team growing up, and one of the clubs for which his father Rich played during his Major League career." Continue Reading on MLB.com.

Matt Vautour also caught up with Gedman: Red Sox draft UMass third baseman Matt Gedman

Ron Chimelis had this piece on Masslive.com, as well.

Gedman's draft selection was mentioned by many other media outlets, including these:
NESN: Rich Gedman's Son Among Those Selected by Red Sox on Final Day of MLB Draft

CSN: Sox take three locals on day three of the draft

Portland Press Herald: Exposito called up to Boston; Sox draft a Gedman

Providence Journal 

Boston Globe


The 37th Annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Star Game was held Thursday night at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. UMass' Peter Copa was instrumental in helping the University Division come back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth, 3-3. The game ended in a tie after the scheduled nine innings were completed.

Copa entered in the sixth inning, replacing Rhode Island's Tom Coulombe at first base and was 2-for-2 with a double. Part of the University Division's two-run rally in the eighth, Copa's double moved Garret Smith of Boston College to third, setting up a sacrifice fly by Quinnipiac's Kyle Nisson. Copa then came home for the game-tying third run on an RBI double by URI's Greg Annarummo.

Matt Gedman started for the University Division team at third base and was 0-for-2 with a walk.
Seniors Peter Copa and Matt Gedman will be representing UMass in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association's (NEIBA) 37th annual All-Star Game tonight at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass., at 7 p.m.

Division I players from across the region will make up the University Division Team, while The College Division Team is made up of 13 Division II standouts and 16 Division III seniors all-stars.

Tickets will cost $5 and can be purchased when the gates open at 6 p.m.



Here is a video montage from last night's Senior Awards Banquet at the Campus Center. Sean Busch and Jackie Lyons took home their respective Athlete of the Year honors, while Chris Piekos was named the Inspirational Award recipient and Samantha Schnoerr and Anthony Nelson were named the Scholar Athletes of the Year.
The Florida trip for the Massachusetts baseball team did not start off as expected, as the squad dropped four consecutive games over the course of last week heading into last Friday's game against Bucknell.

"We started off the season real slow, not being able to help the pitchers out by scoring enough runs," said senior Matt Gedman. "We've been able to come on now and help our pitchers out, and that's been good for us."

UMass has won its past three games, including its most recent game against University of Maryland-Baltimore County, a 9-5 victory, on Sunday.

With starting pitching giving UMass deep, quality outings to go along with the offensive support at the plate, the squad's record stands at 4-8, as Atlantic 10 play creeps closer

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Gedman Shows Off Versatility For Lowell

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On Tuesday, UMass' Matt Gedman played all nine positions and picked up a save in the process as the Lowell All-Americans defeated the North Adams Steeple Cats, 3-2. With two outs in the ninth inning, after Gedman had played each position, Coach Jeff Kane walked to the mound and moved Gedman from first base to the pitcher's mound. Reliever Brenden Shepard moved to first base and Gedman induced a fly ball to left field to end the game and pick up the save. The feat that Gedman accomplished was a very rare one. The NECBL does not keep track of those stats, but the last time it was accomplished in Major League Baseball was in 2000.

Popielarczyk Picks Up Win In First Outing With Holyoke

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After just recently joining the Holyoke Blue Sox roster, local product Joe Popielarczyk picked up the victory for Holyoke yesterday in a 13-4 win over the Lowell All-Americans, squaring off against fellow Minutemen Matt Gedman and Leif Sorenson. Popielarczyk pitched 5.2 innings of relief and gave up just one run. 

Boston Globe Features Mike & Matt Gedman

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The Boston Globe has a great July 4th story on the Gedman family including sons Mike and Matt, who play baseball for the Minutemen.

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