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Max Meyer Parents Kathy And Kent Meyer Are Former Athletes

By / 23 February 2023 10:58 AM

Max Meyer takes a holiday picture with dad Kent and mom Kathy.
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Max Meyer parents Kathy Meyer and Kent Meyer are former high school athletes. Kathy played soccer and Kent played football.

Max started by playing baseball at Woodbury High School. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2017 but did not sign. He instead enrolled at the University of Minnesota and played college baseball for Minnesota Golden Gophers. 

The Miami Marlins then selected the Minnesota native in the first round, the third overall selection of the 2020 MLB draft. He signed this time for a $6.7 million signing bonus.

After that, he played in the minor league system for Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, pitching to a 6–4 record, 2.27 ERA, and 130 strikeouts over 111 innings and 22 starts between the two clubs.

Max was then chosen to play in the 2021 All-Star Futures Game, following which he returned to play for Jacksonville. He would then make his major league debut for the Marlins on 16 July 2022.

The 23-year-old pitcher has since had a 0-1 win-loss MLB record with a 7.50 ERA and six strikeouts. He now plays alongside teammates Jake Magnum and Jordan Yamamoto.

Max Meyer Mother And Father Are Former Athletes

Max Meyer mother Kathy Meyer and father Kent Meyer are graduates of St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

Kathy and Kent started dating during their senior year of high school. She was a star soccer player and he was a remarkable football player. He initially played cornerback but later moved to linebacker as an upperclassman.

Kathy Meyer with her friends and soccer teammates in college.
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Max might not be lucky enough to be born with the 6-foot-6 genes, but he definitely has the most hardworking and supportive parents. The family’s competitive background has played a role in how Max developed.

Playing college baseball for the local school was one of his dreams but moving up to the professional level was still his main goal. It caused his dad to search for ways his son could improve. 

The pitcher couldn’t grow in height, so Kent found other ways. It included purchasing a Marc Pro machine to stimulate his shoulder and MacGyvering a core velocity belt from a harness.

These advantages and his innate abilities and competitiveness helped make Max the force he is today. “We knew there was some ability there,” his pitching coach Ty McDevitt said, “but we had no idea his freshman year he was going to come out in the spring and do what he did.”

Kathy and Kent Meyer enjoy their day at Anthony's Pier 66 in Seattle.
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Each summer, on July 4, the Meyers meet on their cabin in Wisconsin and compete in a decathlon. The COVID pandemic was hard for Max since he dislikes sitting around, so they also played many board games.

According to Kathy, they also enjoy their time at the cabin - swimming and boating in the summer, snow sports, and pond hockey in the winter. Their other hobbies include playing and watching football, basketball, hockey, and baseball.

Kent and Kathy were in the stands, cheering on their son when he finally debuted in July 2022. They said they were beyond happy to watch Max realize his dream since childhood.

Kent was the first person Max called after getting his call up. He was on his way back home from the movies with his niece and couldn't help but shed tears of joy. Soon after, Max walked into the family home, quickly getting a hug from his dad.

The father-son duo was always a Twins fan, with Max’s once-favorite player being Carlos Gomez. Nevertheless, they were ready to go for any team that wanted Max.

Kathy Meyer Teaches Algebra

Max Meyer's mother Kathy Johnson Meyer is a math teacher at Stillwater Junior High. She has been teaching algebra since 1991.

She started teaching after getting an undergraduate degree in Mathematics Education at St. Olaf, followed by her masters degree in Education at the University of Minnesota.

Due to her excellent teaching, Kathy won a Partnership Award and $1,000 cash prize in 2021. A non profit educational fund gives these awards to teachers and staff members at Stillwater Area Public Schools.

Kent and Kathy take a selfie with Max on his debut day at Trustmark Park Stadium.
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Kathy was nominated by a previous student and said she was honored and surprised to have received the award. "I feel like it is a little bit more special knowing that it came from a student,” she added.

She believes that the most important element is the relationship between the teacher and students. "I try to make it [math] easily understandable to students, but it’s about building relationships with kids, so that’s what I try to do in my classroom, make it a safe, fun place to be,” she further said.

Mrs. Meyers is also one of the school's link crew coordinators, alongside Bryce Ellefson, Amy Hoffman, Matt Kraft, and Erin Nickleby.

Max Meyer Brother Ben Meyer

Max Meyer grew up in an athletic family as the oldest of two kids. He has an older brother named Ben Meyer.

His brother Ben is a former athlete and played T-ball competitively as a youth. He played in their hometown of Woodbury, and Max would visit his games with their parents.

Ben is now married to Kalley Meyer. He tied the knot with his longtime partner on 26 June 2021 after getting engaged in July 2020.

Kent, Kathy, and Max pose for a picture with Kalley and Ben during their wedding.
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While Kent was busy watching his older son play, the younger one would ask him to do more grounders. For Kent, it would mean more practicing with Max than watching Ben. 

Max also watched plenty of his older brother's games and practiced with him at home. The biggest difference between the two brothers was that Ben grew to be 6' 4" while Max remained the same size.

When the older Meyer brother went on to pitch at the University of St. Thomas, Max, with the help of his dad, found ways to work around his stature. When he threw a no-hitter, he followed in the footsteps of his sibling, who had also thrown one.

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