Matt Tuiasosopo

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Matthew Petelu Tuiasosopo

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Biographical Information[edit]

The son of NFL defensive lineman Manu Tuiasosopo [1] and the brother of NFL quarterback (and 1997 MLB draftee) Marques Tuiasosopo [2], Matt Tuiasosopo was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 2004 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Phil Geisler and made his pro debut that summer with the AZL Mariners and hit a home run in his first professional at-bat on July 10th. After hitting .412 with 4 homers in 20 games, he was promoted to the Everett Aqua Sox and hit .255 with 3 home runs in 30 games there. He was with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 2005 and hit .276 with 6 home runs and 45 RBIs to earn a spot on the Midwest League All-Star team. He split the next year between the Inland Empire 66ers, for whom he hit .306 in 59 games, and the San Antonio Missions, where he batted just .185 in 62 games.

With the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx in 2007, Tuiasosopo hit .260 with 9 home runs and 57 RBIs and earned a spot on the Southern League All-Star team. He began the following season with the AAA Tacoma Rainiers and was called up to Seattle in early September after hitting .281/.364/.453 in 111 games. He made his debut on September 5, 2008, going 1 for 4 as the starting third baseman against the New York Yankees.

Tuiasosopo became a manager with the Rome Braves in 2019 and Gwinnett Stripers in 2021. After the 2022 season he also managed the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. In 2024, he was promoted to the major league Atlanta Braves' coaching staff, replacing Ron Washington as the third base coach (Washington had been named manager of the Los Angeles Angels).

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2019 Rome Braves South Atlantic League 65-74 9th Atlanta Braves
2021 Gwinnett Stripers Triple-A East 68-51 6th Atlanta Braves 3-7
2022 Gwinnett Stripers International League 69-79 15th Atlanta Braves
2023 Gwinnett Stripers International League 70-78 12th (t) Atlanta Braves

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