LAKELAND, FL - Former Florida Southern College baseball standout and current Oakland A's outfielder Matt Joyce will have his No. 24 jersey formally retired in a halftime ceremony at the Moccasin men's basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at Jenkins Field House. Joyce, who spent three years (2003-05) at Florida Southern before being drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 12th round of the MLB Draft, helped lead the Mocs to the 2005 NCAA Division II National Championship.
He appeared in 170 games for the Moccasins and finished his career with a .306 batting average, 22 home runs, and 121 RBI. Joyce has spent the past 10 seasons in the majors with the Tigers (2008), Tampa Bay Rays (2009-14), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2015), Pittsburgh Pirates (2016) and Oakland A's (2017-present). A 2011 American League All-Star selection in Tampa Bay, Joyce set a new career high in home runs (25) last season in Oakland.
He has played in more than 1,000 games in his Major League career, with 131 career homers and 444 RBI. Joyce is one of nine former Moccasins to have their number retired, joining former head coaches Chuck Anderson (12), Joe Arnold (11), and Hal Smeltzly (7), as well as former players Ken Huebner (43), Andy McGaffigan (22), Greg Pryor (17), Jay Smith (20) and Brett Tomko (35).
Florida Southern and Saint Leo are set to play at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Jenkins Field House immediately following the women's game, which begins at 5:30 p.m.