Corey Andrew Knebel, who is simply known as Corey Knebel in the sports world of baseball was born in Denton, Texas to Jeffrey and Melissa Knebel on the 26th of November 1991. He grew up in Bastrop County, Texas, where he developed an interest in the game of baseball. As a student of Bastrop High School, Corey played baseball with the school baseball team and was a 3-year letter winner. He also won the district MVP. He would later transfer to Georgetown High School for his senior season.
After high school, Knebel attended the University of Texas where he played with the Texas Longhorns baseball team. As a freshman, he played as a closer, recording a tie with Charlie Thames and J. Brent Cox’s school records for saves in a single season with nineteen. He was later named the NCBWA Stopper of the Year and also won NBCWA and Collegiate Baseball Magazine Freshman of the Year Awards.
He also earned the first-team All-Big 12 Conference and the First Team All-American honors. He also played as a closer during his sophomore year, recording a total of 9 saves and 2.08 ERA at the end of the season, earning the first-team All-Big 12 honors for the second time in a row. During the 2013 season, Knebel was suspended; first for violating team rules and secondly, for providing a urine sample to help a teammate beat a drug test.
Corey Knebel began his professional career in 2013 when the Detroit Tigers were selected as the 39th overall pick in the draft. The pick was, however, a supplemental pick which was the 1st traded draft slot in the history of the Major League. The pick was a 2012 trade between Detriot Tigers and the Miami Marlins and it involved Jacob Turner, Omar Infant, and Aníbal Sánchez.
He played for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves, the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, and the Class-A West Michigan Whitecaps before he was called up by the Tigers. His first MLB appearance was in May 2014, in a game against the Texas Rangers. In July of the same year, he was traded to the Texas Ranger alongside Jake Thompson in exchange for Joakim Soria. After the trade, the Rangers assigned Corey to play for their Triple-A team – the Round Rock Express. He suffered an ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow during a game in August and that ended his season.
In January 2015, Corey Knebel was again traded, this time to the Milwaukee Brewers alongside Marcos Diplan, and Luis Sardiñas in exchange for Yovani Gallardo. In May, he replaced Neftalí Feliz as Brewers’ permanent closer. In June, he set an MLB record for most consecutive appearances with at least a strikeout by a relief pitcher at 38, a record which was first set in 2014 by Aroldis Chapman, who was playing for the Cincinnati Reds at the time.
His streak, however, ended after forty-five games after he failed to record a strikeout in a blown save against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He would injure his left hamstring in April 2018 while pitching in a game against the Chicago Cubs and was placed on the injured list. He came back in May but struggled all through. After making forty-one appearances with a 2-3 record with 5.08 ERA, Corey Knebel was demoted to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox – a minor league baseball team in Colorado.
Corey Knebel’s Family, Wife
Knebel has been married to his longtime girlfriend Danielle Matula since December 2015. After dating for a long while, the couple decided to tie the knots on the 5th of December 2015 before family and friends in Victoria, Texas.
In July 2017, the couple revealed they were expecting their first child together and that it was going to be a baby girl. To reveal the gender of the baby, the couple walked to the outfield where Danielle threw Corey a pitch, and when he hit the ball. the ball revealed pink chalk. Their beautiful daughter Ledger Staar finally arrived on November 17, 2017.
Danielle is very supportive of her husband’s career. She has also gotten herself involved with the Brewers organization and never misses going to events like the Bark at the Park. Corey and Danielle are proud owners of 2 scruffy dogs – a Labrador-Poodle and a Yorkie.
Height, Weight, And Body Measurements
Standing at the height of 6 ft 3 in (1.93 m), the pitcher is arguably not one of the shortest in the league. He weighs 88 kg (194 lb). Information on his other body measurements is yet to be confirmed.