After playing for the Jackals during their 2013 run to the Can-Am League Championship Series and serving as a bench coach for the team in 2016, Matt Padgett enters his first season as a professional manager.
Padgett brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Jackals’ managerial seat. Previously, he played 18 seasons of professional baseball, including four at the Triple-A level and eight years in the independent ranks.
In 2017, Padgett will take the reins of a Jackals’ club that has reached the playoffs for eight consecutive years and made the Can-Am League Championship Series five of the last six seasons.
Prior to playing professional baseball, Padgett attended Clemson University where he was a dual sport athlete. In addition to playing baseball, Padgett was the place kicker for the Clemson University football team.
Padgett’s long journey in professional baseball began in 1998 when the Florida Marlins took notice of the lefty slugger and drafted him in the fifth round of the MLB Amateur Draft. A true power hitter, Padgett climbed the ladder in the Marlins’ system. When he reached Triple-A Albuquerque for the first time in 2004, Padgett belted 24 home runs and drove in 93 runs in his first season at one of the game’s highest levels. After a few more years in affiliated baseball with the Chicago Cubs’ and Philadelphia Phillies’ organizations, Padgett embarked on a long and fruitful career in Independent Professional Baseball.
Over eight seasons, Padgett consistently delivered for 10 different teams in the Atlantic League, American Association and Can-Am League. Over his independent career, Padgett batted .283, hit 83 home runs and compiled an .810 OPS.