Del Matthews serves as MLB’s Vice President of Baseball Development. He enters his 21st season in Professional Baseball, and 2022 will be his 7th in the Office of the Commissioner as VP. In his role, Matthews oversees the day-to-day operations of the MLB Youth Academies in Compton, CA and New Orleans, LA and serves as the primary official to MLB Club Youth Academies in Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, Cincinnati, and Washington D.C.
Matthews is also over the coordination of MLB’s SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and MLB’s most crucial urban baseball development initiatives: Andre Dawson Classic (HBCU College Baseball Tournament), BreakThrough Series, Dream Series, and Hank Aaron Invitational that are designed to provide professional-level instruction and exposure to diverse youth baseball players from around the country. He was an inaugural participant in MLB’s prestigious Executive Development Program, a two-year rotational assignment in the Commissioner’s Office designed to cultivate Baseball Executives of the future from 2006 to 2008. He also served as Director of Baseball Operations in the Arizona Fall League in 2005.
Prior to rejoining MLB, Matthews served in the Chicago White Sox organization in multiple roles from 2008 to 2016, finishing as the Assistant Director of Player Development. During his tenure, he assisted in all aspects of the Minor League Operations and the MLB Draft, salary arbitration, contract negotiations, and the player procurement process of amateur and professional players into the White Sox Organization.
Matthews was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization as a player (2000-2001) and played college baseball at Texas Southern University (1996-2000), receiving All SWAC honors in 1999. His older brother Gary Jr. is a ten-year Major League veteran, and his father Gary “Sarge” Matthews, a seventeen-year Major League veteran, both former AllStars. Former Major League Player and current Manager Johnnie B. “Dusty” Baker is Matthews’ Godfather.
Matthews, a native Chicagoan, is graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Science in Communications. Matthews is a 2019 spring initiate of the New Rochelle-White Plains Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. He is also a proud member of the Buck O’Neil Scouts Association and serves on the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame committee and selection committees for MLB/USA Baseballs’ PDP League and Draft Combine. Currently residing in Westchester County, New York, he and his lovely wife Tabitha have been married since 2002 and have three boys; Denver, Dawson, and Davis.