presented by Giggity's Sports Bar & Grill
Charlie Morton was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 3rd round (95th overall) of the 2002 MLB draft.
After spending 2004 and 2005 with the Rome Braves, Morton made stops in High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Mississippi before making his major league debut on Jun 14, 2008 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Morton was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 3, 2009. He battled through injuries during his time there and with the Philadelphia Phillies. Things turned around for Morton after signing a 2-year deal with the Houston Astros of 2016.
During the 2017 postseason, Morton picked up Game 7 wins in both the ALCS against the New York Yankees and the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, helping the Astros win the first championship in franchise history.
Following the 2018 season Morton signed a 2-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays and had, arguably, his season season yet in 2019. In 33 games, he went 16-6 with a 3.05 ERA and 240 strikeouts finishing third in the AL Cy Young Award voting.
After appearing in the 2020 World Series with the Rays, Morton declared free agency and signed a 1-year deal with the Atlanta Braves, returning where it all started.
After pitching well during the 2021 regular season, the 2-time All-Star was named the Game 1 starter in the World Series against the Astros. Unfortunately Morton was forced to exit after 2.1 innings with a broken leg after being hit by a line drive.
On November 2, 2021, Morton became a 2-time World Series champion after the Braves beat the Astros in six games.