Broadalbin-Perth, Siena product Matt Gage makes major leagues with Blue Jays

Matt Gage in the minors in 2017, right; Gage's new major league uniform, left

Matt Gage in the minors in 2017, right; Gage's new major league uniform, left

TORONTO – Former Broadalbin-Perth High School and Siena College standout Matt Gage made his Major League Baseball debut Monday with the Toronto Blue Jays in an 8-0 win against the Kansas City Royals.

With 13 pitches, Gage recorded a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts, all in his ninth season as a pro.

Gage was greeted to the majors by the Blue Jays’ twitter account, first in the announcement of his arrival, then in his accomplishment.

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“We’ve selected the contract of LHP Matt Gage, who will wear Number 91 and be active tonight,” the account tweeted just before the game Monday night, adding a photo of Gage’s No. 91 jersey.

Hours later, after Gage closed out the big win, the account basked in Gage’s accomplishments.

“From college, to the minors, to Indy ball, to Mexico…to the Major Leagues,” the account wrote. “THIS is why you chase your dreams!”

That tweet was also accompanied by video from the game broadcast, showing both strikeouts and a pat on the back from the announcer.

“How ’bout Matt Gage in his major league debut?” the announcer says. “A three-up, three-down inning with a couple of strikeouts.”

Gage, 29, a 2011 Broadalbin-Perth graduate, was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 10th round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Siena.

In nine professional seasons, Gage has pitched in the minor leagues for the Giants, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays’ organizations, along with stints in independent leagues and in Mexico.

The left-handed pitcher was called up to the majors for the first time after posting a 1.08 earned run average in 16 relief appearances this season with Triple-A Buffalo.

Gage has yet to post of his experience on his own Twitter account, but, in 2021, he spoke of his hope to make the bigs.

“It’d be great to be able to do that,” Gage said then. “You’ve just got to keep waiting and seeing, trying to impress people, that’s about it.

“If it’s your time, it’s your time. If it’s not, it’s not.”

On Monday night, it turned out to be Gage’s time.

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