Matt Merullo – A Bio and Interview with the Former MLB Catcher

Matt Merullo

Our interview with the former MLB catcher!

Q&A with Matt Merullo,


  • Chicago White Sox, 1989, 1991 - 1993; Cleveland Indians, 1994; Minnesota Twins, 1995

From UNC to the White Sox

Matt Merullo was born in 1965 in Winchester, Massachusetts. He came from a baseball family, as his Grandfather - Lennie Merullo - was a shortstop for the Chicago Cubs between 1941 - 1947. 

Matt played college ball at UNC Chapel Hill (go Heels!), and was drafted in the 7th round by the Chicago White Sox in 1986.

He made his major league debut for the White Sox on April 12, 1989 during a game against the Mariners at the Kingdome.

Matt Merullo would go on to play parts of six seasons in the big leagues. In addition to the White Sox, Matt spent time with the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins.

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Merullo with the White Sox (source: Getty Images)

His best season actually came in 1995 (his final year in the majors) while playing for the Twins. That season, Matt appeared in 76 games for the Twins and hit .282/.335/.379. 

Over the course of his MLB career, Matt Merullo appeared in 223 big league games and he collected 116 hits, 7 home runs and 59 RBIs while owning a .234/.281/.319 slash line.

Defensively, Merullo caught 799 MLB innings and maintained a .981 fielding percentage while throwing out 19 runners caught stealing (18% caught stealing percentage). 

Merullo retired after the 1995 season with the Twins.

Since then, he has worked as a scout with the Arizona Diamondbacks and as a minor league manager in the Baltimore Orioles organization. He currently provides instruction and personal coaching to ballplayers near his home in Connecticut.

Merullo was also recently named as a volunteer coach with the Fairfield University baseball program. 

Q&A with Matt Merullo

Matt Merullo grew up in a baseball family and has spent time as a player, coach and scout for multiple big league clubs.

He has also played side by side with Hall of Famer's like Carlton Fisk, Frank Thomas, Tim Raines, Jim Thome and Kirby Puckett.

In short - he knows his stuff and is a great person to learn from. I wrote him a letter a while ago and he signed his 1992 Topps card for me while also answering a few of my questions. 

Matt Merullo signed card, in blue sharpie
My signed Matt Merullo 1992 Topps

Merullo's insight is interesting and adds value to any catcher looking to strengthen their game. His responses to my questions are below. Check them out and take note...

Question 1: What is your favorite memory from playing in the major leagues?

Answer: When I was a kid my Father always used to say "Have Some Fun" as his last words of advice. Then when I got called up to be the opening day starting catcher, I saw Dad in the stands, took off my hat - got a sharpie and wrote "What Fun!" under the bill and flung it to him in the stands before the game. Then I hit a home run, a base hit & threw out a runner. 

Question 2: What do you think is the most important skill that a catcher should have?

Answer: Soft hands to catch.

Question 3: If you could give one piece of advice to catchers hoping to play at the next level, what would it be?

Answer: Learn how to set up in your squat position in a way that allows you to move athletically and makes receiving and throwing and blocking easier. 

Matt Merullo letter, questions and answers

Matt's response to the first question is my favorite thus far. What an awesome story. 

His advice to the third question is great in that it is specific yet fundamental. Perhaps your position may need to be tweaked to help you move more efficiently? Definitely worth taking note of. 

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Scott Perry is the owner and lead author at Catchers Home. He's a former baseball player, a current coach, a husband and a Dad. He remains as passionate about baseball today as he was as a kid.