It is that time of year again. The undeniable sound of a bat striking a ball, the chatter of the players, and the thrill of America's favorite pastime, baseball. Former Marianna High baseball star, Jeff Mathis has again suited up in his Miami Marlins uniform, and is immersed in spring training.
After an enjoyable summer and fall at home, full of fishing and hunting, Jeff is back at his job as a professional baseball player. He is starting his ninth season as a pro. Jeff began working out several months ago in preparation for the start of another season. He left for the Marlins spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida on February 10th. Spring games began on March 1, and Jeff has done well in the nine games they have already played.
Jeff Mathis is the son of Bunnee and Danny Mathis of Marianna. His grandparents are Judy and Ed Revell (Ed is deceased), and Elizabeth and Dalton Mathis (Elizabeth is deceased).
Jeff was signed in the first draft after completing high school by the Los Angeles Angels. It is extremely rare for a player to be signed in the first draft round coming directly from high school baseball. Jeff played in the Angels farm system for six years. He was pulled up to the Majors to help the parent team in the 2009 playoffs, and delivered a staring performance, with his hot batting a major factor in winning one of the critical games.
Jeff was traded along with several other players to the Toronto Blue Jays. He played there for one year and was then traded to the Miami Marlins. He is starting the second year of a two year contract with the Marlins. Jeff can be watched this season on the Sunshine Channel, as the Marlins start their regular season. We can all be proud that one of our Jackson County boys is playing professional baseball, and we wish Jeff and the Marlins a great season.