matt laporta, 2012 topps #314, indians

Player: LaPorta, Matt

Card: 2012 Topps #314

Position: 1B/LF

Matthew Vincent LaPorta (born January 8, 1985 in Port Charlotte, FL) is an American former professional baseball first baseman and left fielder. Matt played college baseball for the University of Florida. He was drafted 7th overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.

In 2005, Matt led NCAA Division I baseball with 26 home runs, which garnered him All-American honors as he helped lead the team to the 2005 College World Series final. In 2006, he earned his second All-American selection. He batted .402 with twenty home runs his senior season with the Gators. He was recognized as the SEC Player of the Year.

On July 7, 2008, LaPorta was traded to the Cleveland Indians organization along with three other Brewers minor league players in exchange for left-handed starting pitcher CC Sabathia.

LaPorta was one of 24 players selected to represent the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In the Bronze-Medal match against Japan, LaPorta had a solo home run as Team USA won the Bronze Medal.

Matt played four years for the Indians in a part time role and on April 12, 2015 he announced his retirement.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)

2011 Topps Diamond Anniv. #276

Matt is part of the Topps Card Tour – 2012 Topps – Go to the Next Stop

Matt is also part of the Cleveland Indians Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See all Matt’s baseball cards at TCDB

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