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Mathew Daniel Batts (born October 16, 1921 in San Antonio, Texas) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1947 through 1956 for the Boston Red Sox (1947-1951), St. Louis Browns (1951), Detroit Tigers (1952-1954), Chicago White Sox (1954) and Cincinnati Redlegs (1955-1956). Batts batted and threw right handed. He is the uncle of former major leaguer Danny Heep.

A slap hitter and competent defensive catcher, Batts played a backup role over the course of his career. He was the starting catcher for the Detroit Tigers in 1953, appearing in 116 games while hitting .278 with a .985 fielding percentage in 514 chances.

In a ten-season career, Batts was a .269 hitter with 26 home runs and 220 RBI in 546 games.

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