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Matt Holliday, a seven-time All-Star, played for the Colorado Rockies, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Oakland A's and the New York Yankees through. Eight months after striking out in their efforts to acquire Matt Holliday from the Rockies, the Cardinals got him from the Athletics. Former Major League Baseball All-Star Matt Holliday joined the Oklahoma State baseball coaching staff in July as a volunteer assistant coach and is.

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If the Cardinals are able to complete their acquisition of star third baseman Nolan Arenado &#; under the terms as we know them now &#; they&#;ll add the best defensive third baseman of his generation. Kyle Newman of the Denver Post pegs the Arenado deal as the biggest trade in Rockies&#; franchise history. Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong certainly sounds pleased, saying on MLB Network Radio today (via Twitter), &#;&#;having a guy like Arenado in our lineup is going to completely change the way pitchers look at us.&#;

Arenado&#;s trophy case is full: five All-Star nominations, four Silver Slugger awards, and a Gold Glove for every season in the Majors (eight). A career // hitter, Arenado has created bWAR/ fWAR with a solid percent career walk rate and solid percent career strikeout rate. Though was a down year offensively, he became one of the toughest hitters in the game to strikeout, doing so in only percent of his plate appearances.

All that said, he would head to Busch Stadium III with the usual caveats of a player leaving Coors Field. Namely: can he hit outside of Coors?

Paul Goldschmidt can walk Arenado through the transition from face-of-the-franchise in the west to being just &#;one of the guys&#; crashing at Yadi Molina&#;s house. But to preview the shock-to-the-system Arenado may face taking his hacks so much closer to sea level, we can go a little further back to another Rockies&#; superstar who went east for the latter half of his career: Matt Holliday.

Holliday averaged wRC+ per season during his first five years at Coors Field, his age to age seasons ( to ). Over that same time span he posted wRC+ on the road. For his part, Arenado is a career wRC+ hitter at home and wRC+ hitter away from Coors.

Visual learners can check this Fangraphs chart for his home/road splits by age, then do the same for Holliday. Holliday&#;s splits look nearly the same through age before converging at the point in his career that Arenado faces now: 30 years-old and permanently changing his address from Denver to St. Louis.

As you can see in that chart, Holliday&#;s overall wOBA follows a fairly traditional aging curve. Playing at Coors Field, however, can warp the shape of that production. As this March article from the Athletic&#;s Nick Groke covers in detail, the Coors Field dilemma isn&#;t just about how fast the balls fly through Colorado&#;s thin air, but how much sharper the breaks appear to hitters on the road. As much as Coors helps a hitter&#;s numbers (more than a normal home split), playing away from Coors hurts (more than a normal road split).

To think in terms of wRC+, it might just be that the Arenado who arrives in St. Louis will no longer be a wRC+ hitter at home and a wRC+ hitter on the road &#; but he could still be a wRC+ hitter overall.

Or at least, that was Holliday&#;s path. Over his seven years in St. Louis, his home/road splits stabilized. He would average wRC+ on the road and wRC+ per season at home. On the whole, he arguably became a better hitter with wRC+ during his five seasons in Colorado compared to wRC+ in his seven full seasons in St. Louis. Does that mean Arenado will do the same? Of course not. Just because Holliday stayed largely healthy and productive past his prime years doesn&#;t mean that Arenado will do the same.

Holliday and Arenado tracked mirroring paths to the Show-Me State. Holliday&#;s age season was anomalous for his career in terms of the playing conditions &#; just like Arenado. Whereas Arenado had to deal with a game season in a pandemic-wracked world, Holliday faced the equally jarring reality of moving from Coors Field to Oakland&#;s spacious Coliseum. I kid, but Holliday&#;s half-season in Oakland stands out as a singularly odd year on Holliday&#;s resume in terms of the conditions relative to the rest of his career. If Arenado stays in St. Louis the length of his contract, he&#;ll be in Cardinal red for seven seasons from age 30 to 36 &#; the exact length of stay Holliday enjoyed in the Gateway to the West.

On the other hand, they aren&#;t the exact same type of hitter. While both are right-handed sluggers, Holliday had a little more in common with Goldschmidt than Arenado. Holiday was a worm killer even in his era. As a Rockie, Holliday logged a groundball-to-flyball rate, whereas Arenado&#;s GB/FB rate reflects the fact that he hits the ball in the air more than Holliday ever did. Compared to the rest of the league, Holliday hit the ball on the ground more than the average player throughout his career. Arenado can&#;t even see him from so far down the other end of that spectrum.

Holliday sprayed the ball to all fields a little more than Arenado, who leans pull side with percent pull percentage to percent opposite field for his career. Theoretically, that could hurt Arenado, as Busch tends to be a good singles and triples park for righties while suppressing offense in most other regards, per Park Factors at Swish Analytics. At least he&#;ll have a shorter porch in left to target, for what that&#;s worth.

Will Arenado adapt to his new confines? Ask Holliday, who not only tread this path before but was teammates with Arenado in He offers nothing but praise, writes Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Besides, Arenado&#;s glove should continue to be an exceptional asset. While age may diminish his abilities at the hot corner somewhat, he has a lot of wiggle room before even entering the stratosphere of any other third baseman outside, maybe, Matt Chapman. With DeJong on his left, he shouldn&#;t even face much of an adjustment there. DeJong may be one of the few defensive shortstops who can rival Trevor Story&#;s competence on that end.

Arenado is heading from an organization that has never won its division to one of the game&#;s premier, trademark franchises. He&#;s leaving the NL West, where the Dodgers and Padres are readying for what could be an epic divisional bloodbath &#; and he&#;s joining the NL Central, where contenders are being broken down and sold for parts. It might be a jarring move for Arenado, but he can always look back and take comfort in the fact that this trail has been blazed before &#; and it worked out quite well. Remember, it was only their second full season together that Holliday and the Cardinals won the World Series.

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Silent slugger: Speculation about Matt Holliday&#;s whereabouts after Yankees stint

While the offseason has been ripe with new signings and rumors galore, there is still one major question that is begging to be answered by the New York Yankees: where is Matt Holliday?

Thirty-eight-year-old slugger Matt Holliday is familiar with bouncing between teams. He has spent much of his successful career in a variety of places, with his latest landing spot being the season with the New York Yankees.

Among the offseason rumblings, Holliday&#;s name has been noticeably absent. After signing a one-year, $13 million deal to don the pinstripes in , Holliday has vanished.

And it wasn&#;t just to hide from his lackluster season. Holliday came into the Bronx in the full-time designated hitter position to miss the end of June, beginning of July and all but three games in August due to illness and then injury. In total, he finished the year with career-lows in batting average () and on-base percentage () and a total of 19 home runs.

While they Yankees weren&#;t expecting an incredibly dominant output from the year-old, they were certainly hoping to have a reliable, consistent DH to help welcome in a young lineup. Unfortunately, Holliday didn&#;t have the greatest season.

But ever since the final game of the season finished, Holliday completely disappeared. So where did he go? Why did he go? Here are some potential answers.

At the doctor&#;s office

Where, oh where, is Matt Holliday? Well, we can start our search at his primary care physician&#;s office.

It&#;s no surprise that Holliday&#;s mysterious illness in the end of June was a big blow to the lineup. As written in August, the DH dilemma took a big blow with Holliday out, forcing other players to take over his position, a position many players were not familiar with.

After he came down with a virus in Oakland on June 17 (ironically, the same place where he had listed in his contract as the one team he refused to be traded to), Holliday was zapped of all his energy. Epstein-Barr virus, a virus associated with mononucleosis, takes a lot out of you and, trust me, that isn&#;t something that Holliday wants to ever get again.

So check his doctor&#;s office. He&#;s probably there either battling another illness or working to prevent another one for next season.

At the hairdresser 

NO, this is not to make fun of the fact that he has perhaps the shiniest head east of the Mississippi River. Anyone remember a little bet that he made with Brett Gardner last year?

The Bald Brothers, as they were so perfectly dubbed last season, were in the midst of a home run contest. With Gardner&#;s newly corralled power, he was matching Holliday, the heavy hitter, in home runs. So, naturally, it was determined in May that the loser of the home run contest would have to grow out his hair for a month, per mynewextsetup.us&#;s Randy Miller.

And guess who lost? Holliday took the L and probably has been growing his hair out since Game 7 in Houston. With newly found locks, he&#;s got to get that hair trimmed.

Time to check out the local barbershops in the Bronx. Chances are, Holliday is hiding out in one until Gardner determines it&#;s safe to shave it all off.

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Hiding out at Yankee Stadium

Listen, Matt Holliday is no fool. While he may not be under contract with the Yankees anymore, he would be an absolute moron to want to leave the Bronx, right as they are undergoing one of their most promising seasons in years.

I wouldn&#;t be surprised if Holliday is hiding out in the Yankees clubhouse, being an ever-present figured at the Stadium to remind the Yankees that, yes, he&#;s still here. And yes, he&#;s still dedicated to the team.

Watching the Yankees pick up Giancarlo Stanton, keep their dominant playoff rotation and generate excitement for this upcoming season has to have Holliday wishing he could be back there in some capacity. How can they kick him out if he&#;s hanging out there all the time?

The truth is, we have absolutely no clue where Matt Holliday is. Hey, he could even be traveling the world with his wife and kids, living it up with his millions of dollars made from his career. But it&#;s far more fun to speculate, right?

Wherever Matt Holliday is, we wish him the very best in his next endeavor. He likely will not be with the Yankees in but we can still cheer for him&#;as long as it&#;s outside of the AL East.


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Matt Holliday

Name: Matthew Thomas Holliday

Born: Jan 15, in Stillwater, OK

High School: Stillwater (Okla.) HS

Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: lbs

Bats: R / Throws: R

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Drafted in the 7th round (th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in (signed for $,)

The wild card in Oklahoma is Holliday, son of Oklahoma State coach Tom Holliday and one of the nation's top quarterback recruits. Holliday might be an impossible sign unless he gets first-round money, but the loss of Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator to the Dallas cowboys has made Holliday look more closely to baseball. He has shown little inclination to play college football and professional baseball. Holliday is a five-tool player with excellent power and arm strength.

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Cardinals: Matt Holliday thinks Nolan Arenado will fit right in on St. Louis

Matt Holliday, another former Rockie turned St. Louis Cardinal, doesn&#;t buy the Nolan Arenado skepticism. 

Holliday himself was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, but not straight from the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field. The seven-time All-Star didn&#;t even play a full season for the Oakland Athletics, breaking up his time in Colorado and an eventual move to Busch Stadium. Nonetheless, he understands some of the doubt surrounding Arenado as he moves to the NL Central, as he lived much of it first-hand.

Still, Holliday insists that Arenado is a different type of player, one that doesn&#;t rely solely on the altitude of Denver. Instead, Arenado is a line-drive hitter, one who will play well at any ballpark.

&#;He&#;s just always thinking about baseball, and I think that&#;ll fit in to what Cardinals fans love,&#; said Holliday, a former Cardinals outfielder from , to FOX2 St. Louis. &#;He&#;s not a big fly ball hitter, he&#;s not a guy who skies the ball into the air to trust the altitude to take over.&#;

Does Matt Holliday have a point about Nolan Arenado?

Yes and no. Arenado is tremendous defensive third baseman, and given his value in that regard, and the fact that the Cardinals got him for a rather cheap asking price, it was a smart move. Yet, saying Arenado didn&#;t benefit from playing at Coors&#; Field is a fallacy, just look at the numbers.

FanSided&#;s own David Salituro pointed that out in his examination of Arenado&#;s Coors Field effect: &#;Since , Arenado is batting just with a OPS on the road. At home, he’s a hitter (53 points higher) with an OPS of He hits a home run in percent of his at-bats at home; on the road, that declines to percent.&#;

So, yes, Arenado brings plenty to St. Louis even without his bat, and he&#;s worth the contract the Rockies gave to him. Not to mention, the overall market price for a player of Arenado&#;s caliber has only increased since he signed his extension.

On the other hand, however, ignoring that Arenado played in an MLB hitter&#;s heaven since is a fallacy.

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Billy Beane&#;s Top Three Worst Trades: Matt Holliday Trade

We&#;ve looked at Billy Beane&#;s Top Three Best Trades, so now we&#;ll shift gears and look at Beane&#;s biggest blunders. Coming in at No.3 on our list is the trade that brought Matt Holliday to Oakland.

Billy Beane has helped lead the A&#;s front office since During his tenure, Beane has enjoyed plenty of success despite working with relatively low budgets over the years. His value to the Oakland organization is undeniably historic, but even he has made his share of mistakes.

Maintaining success in Oakland has been one of Beane&#;s biggest strengths as the A&#;s have captured six division championships and secured 11 trips to the postseason under Beane&#;s watch.

Still, many of Beane&#;s critics point to the fact that the A&#;s have not won a championship under Beane&#;s guidance. Beane has watched plenty of his teams fall under the pressure of October and has advanced to the ALCS only once ().

Additionally, critics of Beane have suggested that he&#;s made plenty of mistakes over the years. Like any other executive in baseball, Beane has faced criticism for certain trades that are unpopular among loyal fans.

One of the biggest failures of Beane&#;s run as an executive for the A&#;s was the Matt Holliday trade.

Timing Was Off

The deal was shocking for nearly everyone around baseball at the time. The A&#;s had just finished up a losing season under Bob Geren and had started a massive rebuilding process.

Dan Haren and Nick Swisher were both gone and the A&#;s had received plenty of prospects as a result of their respective departures.

Haren&#;s trade brought in a lot of talent, so it was expected that the A&#;s would focus on turning their farm system around following the season.

Apparently, Beane had other plans in mind for the A&#;s and bolstered their lineup with Matt Holliday.

Beane gave Colorado a lot of talent in exchange for Holliday. Huston Street, Greg Smith and Carlos Gonzalez were sent to the Rockies in exchange for Holliday.

Looking at the deal, the A&#;s essentially traded their future away in an effort to bolster their offense for a single season. Holliday was intent on testing the free agent market and the low-budget A&#;s had no serious intention on keeping him.

Acquiring Holliday while also trying to pull of a rebuild was tricky business for Beane. As we all know, the deal would ultimately fail to work. The A&#;s were not close to contending in and despite adding Nomar Garciaparra, Orlando Cabrera and Jason Giambi around Holliday, Oakland failed in

Holliday&#;s impact in Oakland was also less than spectacular. In 93 games with the A&#;s, Holliday managed to hit // with 11 HR and 54 RBI. The numbers were less impressive than the monster numbers he posted in Colorado the year before.

Missing CarGo

Holliday also appeared to be miserable in Oakland. To this day, Holliday appears to have no love for Oakland. The Coliseum was not Holliday&#;s preferred ballpark and he struggled to put up the type of numbers he posted in Colorado.

Beane flipped Holliday for a trio of youngsters when it became increasingly clear that the A&#;s would not be competing. For Holliday, the A&#;s received Brett Wallace, Shane Patterson and Clayton Mortensen.

So, essentially the A&#;s swapped Street, Smith and Gonzalez for Wallace, Patterson and Mortensen. Okay, not exactly, but the trade still stings a bit. Beane made a crucial error in judgment by letting go of Gonzalez.

Holliday failed in Oakland while Gonzalez succeeded in Colorado. More importantly, though, the A&#;s in the end did not receive much from St. Louis for Holliday.

Wallace was regarded a top prospect, but the third-baseman failed to make it with the A&#;s. He was flipped himself for outfielder Michael Taylor. Taylor, who showed promise as a power hitter, failed to live up to expectations with the A&#;s.

Why The A&#;s Acquired Holliday

Billy Beane has stated on several occasions that he does not favor a complete tear down approach. Beane&#;s biggest goal each year is to win and rebuilding is not often associated with winning. There&#;s plenty of struggles that go along with a rebuilding plan.

Beane tried to strike a balance between winning and rebuilding with the Holliday trade. More specifically, the A&#;s were banking on Holliday to perform well in Oakland in order to flip him at the deadline.

They did flip him for several prospects, but his value, unfortunately, was not as high as Oakland expected it to be. Wallace was a top rated prospect, but the A&#;s never saw much action from him following the trade.

Offensively, the A&#;s still struggled to find ways to score runs in Even with Holliday, the A&#;s found that their veteran heavy lineup simply ran out of gas. Eric Chavez failed to stay healthy as did Garciaparra and Giambi.

The trade backfired on Beane and continues to be brought up as one of his biggest failures. Carlos Gonzalez transformed himself into a star with the Rockies and during the Bob Geren era, it was tough watching Gonzalez succeed from afar.

So, for us, Beane&#;s decision to trade the A&#;s future in exchange for a half-season of Holliday doesn&#;t quite add up.

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Matt Holliday

American baseball player

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Left fielder
Born: () January 15, (age&#;41)
Stillwater, Oklahoma

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Threw: Right

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Matthew Thomas Holliday (born January 15, ) is an American former professional left fielder. He is the outfielding and hitting coach at Oklahoma State University. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Yankees. A World Series champion in with the Cardinals, Holliday, through prodigious hitting contributions, has played a key role in seven postseasons, including the Rockies' first-ever World Series appearance in and Cardinals' playoff success in the s. His distinctions include a National League (NL) batting championship, the NL Championship SeriesMost Valuable Player Award (NLCS MVP), seven All-Star selections, and four Silver Slugger Awards. Other career accomplishments include home runs, more than 2, hits, stolen bases, and batting over eight times.

The Colorado Rockies selected Holliday in the seventh round of the MLB draft from high school in Oklahoma, where he also starred as a highly touted quarterback prospect.[1] He debuted in MLB in , becoming the Rockies' starting left fielder and a middle of the lineup presence. In , he became the 19th player ever to reach hits, 30 home runs, 45 doubles, runs and runs batted in (RBI) in one season. The next season, he won the NL batting title, September National League Player of the Month honors and NLCS MVP[2] as the Rockies won 21 of 22 games at the end of the regular season and in the playoffs en route to their first World Series appearance.[3] In the first of four consecutive NLCS appearances starting in , he batted with a slugging percentage in the NLCS on his way to winning his first World Series ring with the Cardinals. In , he became just the fifth player in MLB history to amass nine consecutive seasons of at least 20 home runs, 30 doubles, 75 RBI and 80 runs scored each season.

In addition to his presence as a leader on the field, Holliday is active in charity work and assisting his teammates off the field. Thus, the St. Louis chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America has awarded him the Darryl Kile Good Guy Award. He is a frequent visitor to children's hospitals. From to , Holliday co-sponsored a pledge drive for Greater St. Louis hospitals called "Homers for Health," which raised more than $ million. Because of his hitting abilities and strength, he has sometimes been called the "Stillwater Stinger".

Early life[edit]

Matt Holliday was born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma. With easy athletic skill, he showed marked talent in baseball, football and basketball as a youth.[4] He was also physically larger than most of his friends, so when they played games, they often modified the rules to offset his size advantage. In football, Holliday was required to play quarterback for both teams. In baseball, every three of his home runs were credited as one.[5]

He spent much of his free time with his father, Tom Holliday, and brother, Josh, at the Oklahoma State University (OSU) baseball field and training complex, where his father was a coach. There, the Holliday boys learned about the fundamentals of the sport, voluntarily trained and practiced, and watched future major leaguers such as Robin Ventura play and develop. In addition, he played American Legion Baseball during the summer. In spite of the extensive time spent around the sport of baseball, Tom Holliday abstained from attempting to influence his sons on which sport or sports to concentrate.[4][6]

At Stillwater High School, Holliday played both baseball and football. He was a quarterback while playing football. As a senior, he earned All-American honors in football and baseball and also earned his region's Gatorade Player of the Year award in both sports. He also competed for the USA Junior National Team. In his next-to-last football game for Stillwater, he helped bring the Pioneers back from a 42–21 deficit against TulsaUnion by throwing three touchdowns (TD) in the final six minutes of the game for a 43–42 score.[7]

However, his high school football career ended with a 63–0 loss to Jenks in the state semifinal contest. His career passing totals included 6, yards and 68 TD. His 35 TD passes as a junior set a then man state record.[7] Former Dallas Cowboyshead coachJimmy Johnson reportedly once forecasted to Tom Holliday that his son "couldn't miss" as an NFL prospect.[6] He was also rated the third-best quarterback prospect in the nation after graduating from Stillwater in [8]

Numerous connections throughout college and professional baseball span Holliday's family ties. His father, Tom Holliday, has been the pitching coach for the Tigers of Auburn University, and former baseball head coach of OSU.[9] Current Atlanta BravesMLB scout, Dave Holliday, is an uncle.[10] His older brother, Josh, is currently the head baseball coach at OSU, and a former minor league player in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.[11] A cousin, Heath Holliday, has also played baseball as a catcher for OSU.[12]

Professional career[edit]

Draft and minor leagues (–)[edit]

With football recruiting overtures from colleges and universities all over the country—including OSU—Holliday instead chose professional baseball after graduating high school. The Rockies selected him in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball draft as a third baseman.[13] Widespread concerns that he would choose football over baseball prevented him from being drafted earlier since he had already committed to OSU on paper to play football.[6] Thus, Rockies scouting director Pat Daugherty signed him for an above-slot $,,[14] the most money paid to any player in that round.[1]

In Holliday's inaugural professional season, the Rockies assigned him to their Arizona Leagueaffiliate, who finished with a 42–14 record and won the league championship. He played 32 games and assembled 40 hits in at bats for a batting average, collected four doubles, a triple, five home runs and 23 runs batted in (RBI); his home run total placed third in the league.[15] He played for the Asheville Tourists, batting with 16 home runs and 76 runs scored. With the bases loaded, he was 3-for-9 with one grand slam and 11 RBI. At third base, Holliday turned in an fielding percentage and 57 putouts.[16]

Holliday played for Salem in and For the season, he totaled plate appearances, successfully collected hits, 28 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, drove in 72 runs, and batted with a on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He spent games at third base, was charged with 32 errors in total chances for a fielding percentage of , and turned 13 double plays.[17] In , the Rockies moved Holliday to the outfield.[18] He was named the Carolina League Player of the Month for June, batting with seven multi-hit games, three doubles, seven home runs, and 22 RBI. He played 72 games on the season after undergoing elbowsurgery in July ended his season.[19]

The Rockies promoted Holliday to the Carolina Mudcats of the AA Southern League (SL) in , where he was named a mid-season All-Star. He was named the league's Hitter of the Week on June 27, after collecting nine hits in 24 at bats with one home run and eight RBI. He won the same award on July 18, after scoring seven runs and driving in 10, and a career-best six RBI against Birmingham on July Holliday ended the season with hits in at bats, 10 home runs, and 64 RBI, batting with 79 runs scored and 16 stolen bases.[20] He played for the Mesa Solar Sox of the off-season Arizona Fall League (AFL) in and , batting with four home runs, 21 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 35 total AFL games.[21] Holliday remained at the AA level for the season as the everyday left fielder for the Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League, batting , 28 doubles, 72 RBI, hits, 45 extra-base hits, and total bases. His 15 outfield assists tied for second in the league. He earned a spot on the USA Baseball team in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Panama. They were eliminated from advancing to the Summer Olympics.[20]

Colorado Rockies (–08)[edit]

– Beginning career[edit]

The Rockies assigned Holliday to their Triple-A affiliate, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, at the outset of the season, intending for him to spend much of the season there. Injuries to outfielders Preston Wilson and Larry Walker expedited his progress to the Major Leagues after just six games with Colorado Springs. He made his major league debut in left field on April 16[22] at Busch Memorial Stadium against one of his future teams, the St. Louis Cardinals. Holliday went hitless in three at-bats.[23] Two days after his debut, Holliday recorded his first career hit, a single, and then, RBI against the Cardinals' Woody Williams, doubling in Kit Pellow.[24] Holliday's first career home run came against José Lima of the Los Angeles Dodgers on April Five days later, he, Jeromy Burnitz, and Charles Johnson collaborated for back-to-back-to-back home runs against the Florida Marlins, the sixth such occasion in franchise history.[22]

Holliday's first career multi-home run game came against the Cincinnati Reds on May Both home runs came as part of back-to-back home runs events with Burnitz, making them the first teammates in franchise history to hit back-to-back home runs twice in the same game, and the first teammate duo to do so since Mike Cameron and Bret Boone of the Seattle Mariners in His first MLB grand slam came against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on June 12, immediately tying a game in which the Rockies had faced a 5–1 deficit. For the month of June, he hit [22] The Rockies traded Walker to the Cardinals in August, clearing more outfield playing opportunities for Holliday.[25] A sprained elbow while diving for a ball against the San Diego Padres on September 12 ended his season. His final batting line included a batting average in games, with 31 doubles, 14 home runs, 57 RBI, 65 runs scored, 48 extra-base hits, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and total bases. He finished in the top five among NL rookies in each of those categories. After the season, Holliday was named to both Baseball America's All-Rookie Team and Topps' Major League Rookie All-Star Team, and finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year balloting.[22]

In his second major league season, Holliday became the cleanup hitter behind franchise iconTodd Helton in the middle of the season.[26] After at bats into the season, Holliday hit his first home run against Noah Lowry of the San Francisco Giants on May He hit his second career multi-homer game and first with three extra base hits against the Cardinals on June 2. He was placed on the disabled list (DL) with a right fractured pinky[27] and returned to play on July [27] He earned his first NL Player of the Week award for July 25 to 31, after batting with three home runs, eight RBI, an slugging percentage and a league-leading 12 hits and 23 total bases.[28]

In September, Holliday led the NL with 32 RBI, setting a Rockies record for that month. On September 20 against the Padres, he hit two home runs and tied a Rockies' single-game record with eight RBI in a Rockies 20–1 victory, the highest single-game RBI total in the NL in [29] and second-highest in the major leagues.[27] He ended the season with a seven-game hitting streak[27] and reached base in each of the Rockies' final 22 games.[30] Holliday totaled games and improved in nearly all offensive categories from his rookie year, including hits, 19 home runs, 87 RBI, 68 runs, 14 stolen bases, total bases, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. His batting average placed eighth in the NL.[27] The club picked up his option for , which was worth $, ($, today), or about $, ($, today) more than the average for a player with equivalent service time.[26] He was selected as the Rockies Player of the Year.[31]

Holliday was selected to Team USA for the World Baseball Classic prior to the start of the MLB season.[32] Despite batting just through May 1, , Holliday accumulated 24 RBI in 25 games.[33] From May 1 until the end of the season – a span of games – he collected hits for a batting average, the fourth-highest in the major leagues.[33] He batted from June 1–27, second in the NL in that period.[34] An All-Star selection to the game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh for the first time in his career, Holliday was hitting with 16 home runs and 56 RBI at the time of his selection.[35] In the game, Holliday played right field for the first time as a major leaguer.[33]

On September 19, , Holliday hit the longest home run of in MLB against Matt Cain of the Giants. While the official distance was feet (&#;m), HitTracker estimated it at feet (&#;m).[36] His grand slam and triple five days later against the Braves assisted the Rockies' comeback from a 7–0 deficit to a 9–8 final victory.[37] He garnered his second NL Player of the Week for the week ending September 24, after hitting four homers, three doubles and a triple, helping propel the Rockies to win five of seven games.[38] In total games, Holliday batted with hits, 45 doubles, 34 home runs, RBIs, runs, 10 stolen bases, total bases, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. He became just the 19th player ever to meet or exceed hits, 30 home runs, 45 doubles, runs and RBI in one season. He finished in the top five of the National League in batting average, hits, runs, extra base hits, total bases and slugging percentage. After the season, received his first Silver Slugger Award as an outfielder.[33]

Batting title winner and NLCS MVP[edit]

Continuing to evolve as a hitter, Holliday started the season as in the Rockies' lineup as the number five hitter, but changed to the third slot for the final five months of the season. He fashioned a new career-high game hitting streak that spanned from April 17 to May 1.[39] His two outfield assists on April 21 against San Diego in the sixth inning tied a club record for outfield assists in one inning.[40] In the April 29 contest against the Braves, Holliday hit his first career walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th off Bob Wickman to provide a 9–7 victory.[41] From May 22 to June 7, he established a new career-high 15 game hitting streak.[42] In 87 first half games, Holliday totaled 30 doubles, 15 home runs, 69 RBI, hits, a average, and a slugging percentage.[39] NL players and coaches selected him in with votes to play in the All-Star Game at AT&T Park in San Francisco for the second straight season. He also participated in the Home Run Derby.[43]

Holliday hit (for) in the final 60 games of the season.[43] For the week ending July 29, he earned National League Player of the Week honors as the Rockies won four of the six games, batting with a on-base percentage and four home runs, two doubles, and 10 RBI.[44] From August 10 to 27, he strung together another new career-best game hitting streak.[43][45] In reaching base safely each game from July 22 to August 31 against the Diamondbacks, Holliday's feat of 36 consecutive games eclipsed a Rockies record which Helton and Walker previously shared,[46] eventually ending at [43]

Holliday on the field in

Holliday gained his second NL Player of the Week selection of the season and fourth of his career on September 16, after hitting six home runs, driving in 11, batting with a on-base percentage, and leading the NL each with a slugging percentage, 11 runs scored, and 31 total bases.[47] In a game span from September 9–20, he hit 11 home runs;[48] only Alex Rodríguez matched that feat in One of the home runs was the th of his career and his th hit of the season, occurring on September 19 in a 9–8 victory over the Dodgers.[49] His September totals included a batting average, 29 runs scored, six doubles, 12 home runs, 30 RBI, and slugging percentage, prompting MLB to award him NL Player of the Month honors[50] as the Rockies won 13 of their 14 final scheduled games.[51] He garnered copious attention for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award throughout the season, which increased even more that September.[47][52][53]

The Rockies and Padres finished the scheduled portion of their regular seasons tied for the NL wild card position with identical 89–73 records, for which MLB declared a one-game extension to the regular season to determine the wild-card winner.[54] Holliday's triple in the bottom of the 13th inning off Padres closerTrevor Hoffman scored Troy Tulowitzki as the tying run.[55] Holliday scored the winning run on Jamey Carroll's sacrifice fly in a bloody collision with catcherMichael Barrett, although controversy arose as to whether he touched home plate. Thus, the Rockies entered the playoffs for the first time in Holliday's career.[56][57]

After hitting a career-best , Holliday won his first batting title.[58] He played in games and posted career-highs as the National League leader in hits (), doubles (50), RBI (), extra base hits (92), and total bases (). Additionally, he placed third in each of runs scored (), slugging percentage () and OPS (), and fourth in home runs (36) and adjusted OPS+ (). The 63 walks were a new career-high[59] at the time. He became just the fifth National Leaguer in the previous 59 years to lead the NL in both batting average and RBI,[60] and only the 13th major league player in the previous 45 years with at least hits and 50 doubles.[61]

In the National League Division Series (NLDS) against the Phillies, Holliday homered twice as the Rockies swept.[62][63][64][65] Colorado then advanced to the National League Championship Series (NLCS) to face the Diamondbacks and swept them in four games. Holliday batted with two home runs and four RBI on his way to being named the NLCS MVP.[3] Now having won 21 of 22 games,[66] the Rockies earned their first-ever trip to the World Series[3][67] where they opposed the Boston Red Sox. Holliday collected four hits in Game 2,[68] but, after his fourth hit in the eighth inning with the Red Sox leading 2–1, closer Jonathan Papelbon immediately picked him off first base for the third out,[68] and the Red Sox won by that same score. Boston eventually won the title by sweeping the Rockies, thus ending their season on a four-game losing streak.[69][70]

Following the season, Holliday placed second in the MVP voting with points to Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins with ,[2] in what was the closest result for the NL MVP since Atlanta Braves third baseman Terry Pendleton edged Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Barry Bonds by 15 points in [71] Holliday was selected as the Rockies' Player of the Year for the second time[31] and The Sporting News named him to their All-Star team.[43] On December 14, Stillwater High School retired Holliday's high school jersey number Businesses in Stillwater were asked to honor him that day by posting a "Welcome Home Matt Holliday" message on a marquee or window. The city council voted to change the name of the baseball field from Babcock Park to Matt Holliday Field and name the day "Matt Holliday, Stillwater's Major League Baseball Hero Day." Then-OklahomaGovernorBrad Henry also declared the day "Matt Holliday Day" throughout the state.[72]

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On January 18, , Holliday signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Rockies, covering his final two years of arbitration.[74] The Rockies also offered a four-year, $72 million extension, with a club option for a fifth year at $12 million. The team viewed the contract extension with the two years covering arbitration as a singular deal worth approximately $ million. In contrast, Holliday and his agent, Scott Boras, regarded the extension as an $million free agent contract undervalued compared to similar players. Therefore, negotiations stalled in spring training.[75]

Holliday collected three hits[76] and hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning against the Braves on April 7, giving the Rockies a 2–1 win.[77] In a three-game sweep of Atlanta, he hit (6-for), with a double, triple and home run, and six RBI. He earned the NL Player of the Week award for the period ending April 13 as the Rockies won four of six. Holliday led the NL with a batting average and 10 RBI, while homering twice with an slugging percentage and on-base percentage.[78] He hit the game-tying home run against New York Mets closer Billy Wagner in the bottom of the ninth inning on May 23, then the game-winning single off Aaron Heilman in the bottom of the 13th to drive in Jonathan Herrera.[79] Two days later, the Rockies placed Holliday on the day DL due to a strained left hamstring,[80] and reactivated him on June [81]

The Rockies posted the largest comeback in team history in a nine-run deficit on July 4 against the Florida Marlins. After the Marlins led 13–4, Holliday provided two home runs, including a grand slam to reduce the Marlins' lead to 17–16 in an eventual 18–17 win.[82] On July 6, Holliday was named a reserve outfielder for National League in the All-Star Game for the third consecutive year.[83][84] He replaced Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano, who did not play due to injury, as the starter in right field,[85] and hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning.[86] For the month of July, he batted with eight home runs and 24 RBI, slugging percentage and 24 runs scored in 27 games.[87] Holliday's August totals included 11 stolen bases and 30 runs scored in 28 games, six home runs, nine doubles and a on-base percentage.[87]

In total games, he batted with hits, 25 home runs, 88 RBI, runs, and total bases. He led the club with 28 stolen bases while posting a on-base percentage, both career highs, and won his third consecutive Silver Slugger Award.[88] Defensively, Holliday was first in ultimate zone rating (), fourth in fielding percentage (), fifth in total chances () and fifth in putouts () among all MLB left fielders. His total chances and putouts came in approximately fewer innings than those players ahead of him.[89]

Oakland Athletics ()[edit]

Unable to agree to an extension, the Rockies traded Holliday on November 12, , to Oakland Athletics for pitchers Huston Street and Greg Smith, and outfielder Carlos González.[90] Holliday began working with former A's and Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire as a personal hitting coach during the –09 off-season,[91] who became the Cardinals' official hitting coach the following off-season.[92]

After spending most of the off-season on the trade market with the Rockies, Holliday was again a frequent subject of rumors during the spring. The Athletics failed to get off to a strong start[93] and it was unlikely the club would have been able to re-sign him over the course of the season or if he would have had become a free agent following the season.[94] He also got off a slow start as minor injuries hampered him while playing in Oakland.[95] His first home run of the season came on the last day of April against the Texas Rangers.[96] He batted in April,[97] and, from May 11 until the St. Louis Cardinals acquired him, improved to , on-base percentage and slugging percentage over 65 games.[98] Reaching base five times in a May 17 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, he scored his first four-hit game and stolen base of the season.[99]

The A's defeated the Minnesota Twins 14–13 on July 20 following a run comeback, the largest in team history. Holliday contributed two home runs and six RBI, including a seventh-inning grand slam that tied the score at This game marked the second time in his career in which he hit a grand slam plus another home run in his team's record-breaking comeback.[] The first such comeback had occurred with the Rockies the previous year, on July 4, against the Marlins.[82] Two days later, he added three more hits and three runs scored against the Twins in a 16–1 victory.[] An offensive surge that boosted his trade value significantly by hitting with a on-base percentage and a slugging percentage in his final two weeks in Oakland. His overall totals with the club included 93 games played while batting with 11 home runs and 54 RBI.[]

St. Louis Cardinals (–)[edit]

– Second playoff push and new contract[edit]

On July 24, , the A's traded Holliday to the St. Louis Cardinals for prospects Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen, Shane Peterson[] and $ million.[] He represented an instant offensive upgrade for Cardinals left fielders, who had batted with a on-base percentage and a slugging percentage in ,[] and for cleanup hitters, who had batted with on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He hit in the fourth slot in the lineup behind All-Star first basemanAlbert Pujols.[] Because Pujols already wore jersey number 5, the number Holliday previously wore with Colorado and Oakland, St. Louis issued him the number []

In his Cardinals debut, Holliday augmented four hits with an RBI and a stolen base in an 8–1 win, for his 15th career four-hit game.[] He reprised his debut with 20 hits in 33 at bats in his next nine games for a batting average, a on-base percentage, a slugging percentage, six doubles, three homers and 10 RBI.[] Each of those nine games featured Holliday with at least one hit and twice reaching base.[] His combined totals in July 26 games with Oakland and St. Louis included 40 hits, 20 runs scored, a batting average, a on-base percentage, a slugging percentage, 13 doubles, four home runs, 22 RBI, 16 walks and four stolen bases.[] The Cardinals segued into improved play with a 20–6 record in August to stretch a National League Central division lead from one-half game on August 1 to ten on September 1[] In the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers on September 3, he collected his 1,th MLB hit.[]

The Cardinals won the National League Central division crown to claim a playoff berth for the first time in three years.[] During the 65 games with Holliday on the roster, they dispatched an NL-best winning percentage; he batted with 13 home runs and 55 RBI; twelve were game-winning RBI. After the All-Star break, he ranked in the top ten in MLB in batting average (), home runs (16), and RBI (66).[] His aggregate totals with the A's and Cardinals included a batting average, 24 home runs and RBI.[]

In spite of the inspired play after acquiring Holliday, the Cardinals did not fare well in the postseason, where they battled the Dodgers in the NLDS. Following a Game 1 defeat, Holliday hit a go-ahead home run off starterClayton Kershaw in Game 2.[] With the Cardinals maintaining a 2–1 advantage and two outs in the ninth inning, Holliday dropped a line drive off James Loney's bat. Had he caught the ball, that play would have ended the contest for a Cardinals win and a 1–1 Series tie. Instead, Loney ended up on second base, setting the Dodgers up to eventually score the game-winning run for a 3–2 final margin.[] Los Angeles swept the best-of-five series, ending the Cardinals' season,[] and the Game 2 error left Holliday with a reputation as a "goat."[][][]

Holliday filed for free agency on November 5.[] He finished 16th in the NL MVP voting – including a fourth-place vote – despite playing nearly games in the American League.[] Both trades involving Holliday were later panned as failures for the A's, as two of the players they dealt away became multiple All-Stars.[][] One was González, who won the batting title, Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards with the Rockies.[] Street was the other All-Star.[][] Jesse Spector of Sporting News augured that the second deal was a "landslide win" for the Cardinals, even if they had never resigned Holliday in his free agency.[]

On January 21, , the Cardinals signed Holliday to a seven-year, $ million deal ($ million today), and he switched his uniform number to 7 in honor of fellow Oklahoman Mickey Mantle. The contract features a full no-trade clause and a $17 million team option for or $1 million buyout.[][] It was the richest contract in team history[] and the largest of the –10 offseason.[][] At the Cardinals' annual Winter Warm Up, he was bestowed with a new nickname—"The Stillwater Stinger".[]

Batting second, Holliday homered in four consecutive games from June 18 to In a weekend series against Oakland from June 18 to 20, he drove in eight of the Cardinals' 12 runs. He was named the National League Player of the Week for June 20, batting with four home runs and eight RBI.[] Selected to the All-Star Game on July 4 as a reserve player, he also participated in the Home Run Derby.[] In the 10 games against both his former clubs, he batted , seven home runs, 13 RBI and nine runs scored. He batted in a game hitting streak from September 9– His average for September and October ranked second in the NL.[]

For the season, Holliday played in games, batting with hits, 45 doubles, 28 home runs, RBI, 95 runs scored, 69 walks, a on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He finished tied for second in the National League in doubles, third in hits, fourth with total bases and 52 multi-hit games, fifth in batting average, sixth in on-base percentage and extra base hits with 74, and seventh in slugging and RBI.[] He earned another Silver Slugger award, was named to The Sporting News All-Star Team and placed 12th in the NL MVP voting.[] The St. Louis chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America recognized his charitable work and role as a team leader with the Darryl Kile Good Guy Award.[]

– First World Series championship, three consecutive NLCS appearances[edit]

After hitting a home run the day before on Opening Day of , Holliday had an emergency appendectomy.[] He returned just nine days later despite a forecast to miss four to six weeks.[] In seven consecutive plate appearances against the Houston Astros on April 26 and 27, he reached base and[] did so in 10 of 15 plate appearances in that series.[] He made his fifth MLB All-Star Game appearance and third Home Run Derby.[] After two appearances on the disabled list twice that season, a different "injury bug" struck Holliday in a late August game against the Dodgers. During the eighth inning, he left the game due to pain developing after a moth had lodged itself deep within his ear. Team trainers removed it without further incident.[]

As of August 28, the Cardinals were 10+1&#;2 games behind the Braves for the wild card playoff berth with 28 left to play.[] In a September 1 contest against the Brewers, Holliday hit his th career home run, becoming the th player in MLB history to do so.[]Tendonitis developed in his right hand on September 13, limiting him to three more starts the rest of the season.[] St. Louis won 20 of their final 28 games, enabling them to overtake the Braves for the wild card position[] in the last game of the regular season; it was the largest lead surrendered in MLB history with 28 games left to play.[][] In games, Holliday batted with 22 home runs, 75 RBI, 36 doubles, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, and OPS+, placing sixth in the NL in on-base percentage, seventh in OPS and OPS+ and ninth in doubles.

In the NLDS against the Phillies, Holliday's tendonitis reemerged,[] limiting him to start two of the five games in the series. He was in better health for the NLCS against Milwaukee, batting with 10 hits,[] six runs scored, five RBI and a home run. The Cardinals defeated the Brewers,[] advancing to the World Series[] against the Texas Rangers.[] Holliday was injured again in Game 6 on a play diving into third base where catcher Mike Napoli and third baseman Adrián Beltré had picked him off,[] and the injury also kept him out of Game 7. The Cardinals won again and the Series, giving him his first World Series ring.[] Although he had just three hits in 19 at bats, Holliday walked seven times – the most since Bonds' 13 in the World Series — boosting his on-base percentage to as he scored five runs.[]

In 41 straight starts spanning from June 22 to August 8, , Holliday reached base.[] His game hitting streak from June 27 to July 16 was a season-high for the club.[] From June 16 to July 6, he batted with 10 doubles, 17 runs scored, four home runs, and 21 RBI; his batting average, on-base percentage () and slugging percentage () each led MLB. Holliday was named the NL All-Star team to replace teammate Yadier Molina when he went on the bereavement list.[] On July 21, Holliday hit the longest home run recorded to date at Busch Stadium. The ball traveled feet (&#;m), flying past the 'Big Mac Land' sign into the second deck in left field.[] He held the record until Brandon Moss surpassed that distance four years later.[] Safely hitting four times in five at bats on August 26 against Cincinnati, he also had four RBI and missed hitting for the cycle by a home run.[] He singled in the first inning against the Nationals on August 30 for his 1,th career hit.[] Holliday finished the season with a batting average with 27 home runs and RBI.[]

During the NLCS against the Giants in Game 2, he slid into second basemanMarco Scutaro during a routine ground ball double play and ended up on top of him. Scutaro left the game to have x-rays taken. Controversy arose and persisted as to whether Holliday intentionally attempted to injure him. The Giants trailed 1–0 at that point, but scored seven runs to win, 7–1.[][][] Eventually, the Giants won the series. The Missouri Athletic Club named Holliday their Sports Personality of the Year for [18]

Holliday hit a grand slam on June 9, , during a seven-run 10th inning against the Reds in an 11–4 victory.[] He left the July 11 game against the Cubs early because of a tightened right hamstring sustained while running to first base,[] prompting the Cardinals to place him on the DL. He returned July 27 against the Braves.[] In another game against the Reds on August 26, Holliday's three-run home run was the longest at Busch Stadium in at feet (&#;m).[] During the final road trip of the season, he collected 13 hits in 26 at bats. However, back spasms kept him out of several games at the end of the regular season.[] The Cardinals set an all-time MLB team record by batting with runners in scoring position, and Holliday was fourth in MLB in those situations that year at [] In all, he finished with 22 home runs, 94 RBI, and a batting average. His MLB-leading 31 double plays grounded into were a career-high and set a new Cardinals' single-season franchise record.[]

The Cardinals clinched the best record in the NL at 97–65, granting Holliday his fifth career postseason entrance, and fourth with the Cardinals. Faced with a must-win Game 4 situation against the Pirates in the NLDS, he hit a two-run home run in a 2–1 victory.[] The Cardinals advanced to their third consecutive NLCS against the Dodgers.[] Holliday started 0-for, but his Game 3 home run off Ricky Nolasco to help St. Louis win, 4–2.[][] The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers in six games, securing Holliday's third trip to the Fall Classic,[] and second against the Red Sox. Holliday collected six hits in 24 at bats with one double, one triple and two home runs for a slugging percentage; however, the Red Sox claimed the title in six games.[] In the postseason, Holliday hit four home runs, 10 RBI and a slugging percentage.[]

Fifth NLCS, th double and 1,th career RBI and run scored[edit]

By reaching base in each of his first 30 home games of , Holliday authored the longest such streak to start a season in franchise history since Solly Hemus had 33 straight in , extending a streak of 42 dating back to the previous September 6.[] He singled in Jon Jay to drive in the 1,th run of his career on June 17 at Busch Stadium against Washington, the th player in MLB history to do so.[] While batting against Dan Haren of the Dodgers on July 19, Holliday hit his th career double and hit a feet (&#;m) home run for his 1,th run scored.[]

The Arizona Fall League announced on July 20 that Holliday, along with fellow outfielder Carl Crawford, were selected to their Hall of Fame.[21] For the week ending September 2, Holliday was the NL Player of the Week, following a major league-leading 13 RBI – four of which each won separate contests – and an NL-leading four home runs, slugging percentage and 24 total bases while the Cardinals took over first place in the NL Central.[] On September 12, his feet (&#;m) home run against the Rockies was the longest home of the season at Busch Stadium and the second-longest in the stadium's history, just after the one he had hit two years earlier against the Cubs.[] From August 30 to the end of the season, he batted with RISP.[] He finished the season with a average, 20 home runs, 90 RBI (eighth in the NL), 37 doubles, 83 runs scored, 74 BB (eighth), times on base (sixth), on-base percentage (10th) and slugging percentage.[] Seventeen of Holliday's 20 home runs traveled at least feet (&#;m); his home run true distance average of feet (&#;m) led all MLB.[][] For the ninth consecutive season, Holliday recorded at least 20 home runs, 30 doubles, 75 RBI and 80 runs scored, becoming just the fifth player in MLB history to do so. The others with this exploit were Stan Musial (10), Manny Ramirez (10), Pujols (10), and Miguel Cabrera (nine).[]

The Cardinals finished first in the NL Central division to enter the postseason for the fifth time[8] and faced the Dodgers in an NLDS for the second time in six seasons since acquiring Holliday. After finding themselves down 6–1 in Game 1, Holliday provided a three-run home run off relieverPedro Báez that was the difference in a 10–9 victory.[] The Cardinals faced the Giants in an NLCS rematch but were defeated in five games.[] For the National League MVP voting, he placed 14th, marking the eighth time he received votes.[]

–16[edit]

Holliday opened the season with a game hitting streak[] that evolved into a sequence of reaching base in each of the first 45 games of the season, breaking Pujols's National League record of 42 games to open a season which he set in [][] It was the longest such streak in MLB since Derek Jeter garnered 53 in [] Dating back to the end of , Holliday's continuity of reaching base spanned 47 games.[] The venture reached finality on June 2 against the Brewers after umpireJoe Westejected him for arguing a called third strike, the fourth ejection of his career.[]

On June 8, Holliday suffered a right quadricepsstrain while diving for a fly ball off the bat of the Rockies' Carlos González, and the Cardinals placed him on the day DL. At the time, he was batting with three home runs and 26 RBI,[] and had been receiving strong fan support in the All-Star Game voting. He continued to reap considerable vote totals in spite of missing a month, and eventually was chosen a starting outfielder for the first time in his career. He was rendered unable to play in the game due to the quadriceps injury.[][]

After returning from the DL, Holliday's first home run was a grand slam on July 21 against Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox in an 8–5 win,[] his sixth career grand slam.[] He reinjured the right quadriceps on July 30, prompting the club to retract him to the DL.[] The Cardinals reactivated him on September 15 after missing 41 games.[] Holliday played 73 games and finished the season with a batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, four home runs and 35 RBI in plate appearances.[]

The Cardinals started Holliday at first base on Opening Day of the season, a position he had not previously played during his career.[] On May 6 against Pittsburgh, Holliday collected his th hit at Busch Stadium, breaking his personal tie of hits at Coors Field. Having already achieved hits at both stadiums, he became the only active player with at least hits at multiple stadiums, and just the fourteenth to do so within the previous 50 years.[] Holliday hit a home run on May 30 that traveled feet (&#;m) off Jhan Mariñez and nearly exited Miller Park in a 6–0 defeat of the Brewers.[] The next day, also against the Brewers, he collected his 1,th career hit with the Cardinals.[]

A 94 miles per hour (&#;km/h) fastball from the Cubs' Mike Montgomery on August 11, , struck Holliday on the right thumb, fracturing it. The Cardinals placed him on the DL.[] Presented with the option to either allow the thumb to heal naturally or with surgery, Holliday elected surgery as that would have potentially allowed him to return before season's end.[][] He encountered multiple delays in recovery. Having been informed in the final days of the season that the Cardinals would not pick up the option for worth $17 million, he was activated from the DL — although his thumb was still fractured — in time for the September 30 game against Pittsburgh. He hit his first career pinch-hit home run in that game and 20th of the season.[][] Holliday released a statement: "While I'm disappointed this could be it here in St. Louis, I understand that it might be time to move on."[] While his batting average had dropped to a career-low , Holliday was optimistic about a rebound. Because he produced the third-highest exit velocity at miles per hour (&#;km/h) of all hitters with at least batted balls in , he concluded that to "have my misses be more in the air than on the ground, my numbers could really get back toward where they have been my whole career."[]

New York Yankees ()[edit]

After becoming a free agent for the second time in his career, on December 7, , Holliday signed a one-year contract with the New York Yankees worth $13 million,[] to become their primary designated hitter (DH).[] One provision to the contract was an unusual, "enormously specific," no-trade clause to one team: the Oakland Athletics.[]

His first RBI and double for the Yankees came on the same play on April 4, , versus the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, in the third inning of a 5–0 Yankees win.[] His first home run for the Yankees was on April 7, on a pitch by Baltimore Orioles starter Ubaldo Jiménez in the third inning of a 6–5 loss.[] The following day, Holliday collected his 2,th career hit versus Kevin Gausman, a first-inning single, in a 5–4 loss to the Orioles.[] Holliday drew a career-high five walks on April 9, tying a Yankees franchise record.[] On April 28, Holliday hit a walk-off three-run home run off Jayson Aquino, which capped a comeback after trailing 1−9, and helped a 14−11 win over the Orioles.[]

Holliday hit his th career home run on May 3, versus Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays. He became the 93rd player in major league history to reach that milestone along with 2, hits.[]

On June 28, Holliday was placed on the day disabled list due to a viral infection.[] On July 5, it was revealed that Holliday tested positive for an Epstein-Barr virus, a symptom associated with mononucleosis.[] He hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning versus Craig Kimbrel of the Boston Red Sox on July 15, which the Yankees eventually won in 16 innings, 4−1.[] On August 6, Holliday was again placed on the day disabled list due to a lower back strain.[] For the season, he batted //

Second stint with the Colorado Rockies ()[edit]

On July 28, , Holliday signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies.[] The Rockies assigned him to the Albuquerque Isotopes.[] On August 23, Holliday was placed in the starting lineup, to play left field for the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, against the San Diego Padres. Infielder Garrett Hampson was optioned to Albuquerque to make room on the man roster & in the process Hampson's uniform number 7 was given to Holliday, Hampson would wear #1 upon his return to the club in September.[]

In he batted // in 53 at bats.[] He had the slowest baserunning sprint speed of all major league left fielders, at feet/second.[] He was the 4th-oldest player in the National League.[]

He elected free agency on October 29 and would later retire.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Championships, awards, and honors[edit]

Name of award Dates
All-American, high school baseball 1 [7]
All-American, high school football 1 [7]
Baseball America All-Rookie team 1 [22]
BBWAA St. Louis chapter Darryl Kile Good Guy Award1 []
Carolina League Player of the Month 1 June [19]
Colorado Rockies Player of the Year 2 , [31]
Gatorade Player of the Year, Regional level, baseball 1 [7]
Gatorade Player of the Year, Regional level, football 1 [7]
Major League Baseball All-Star7 −08, −12, [35][43][][][]
Major League BaseballHome Run Derby participant 3 , , [43][]
Missouri Athletic Club Sports Personality of the Year 1 [18]
National League Championship SeriesMVP Award1 [3]
National League Player of the Month1 September [50]
National League Player of the Week7 July 31,
September 24,
July 29,
September 16,
April 13,
June 20,
September 2,
[28]
[38]
[44]
[47]
[78]
[]
[]
Silver Slugger Award at outfield4 −08, []
Southern League Hitter of the Week 2 June 27 and July 18, [20]
Southern League Mid-Season All-Star 1 [20]
Sporting News All-Star team 2 , [43][]
Topps All-Star Rookie team1 [22]

Statistical achievements[edit]

Notes: Through season. Per mynewextsetup.us[]

Category Seasons Category Seasons
Adjusted on-base plus slugging7 –08, –13 Home runs1
Bases on balls2 , On-base percentage7 –08, –14
Batting average5 –08, On-base plus slugging percentage 7 –08, –13
Double plays grounded into 5 , , , , Runs batted in7 , , , , –14
Doubles4 , , , Runs scored 5 –08, ,
Extra base hits4 , , , Slugging percentage4 –08,
Games played 3 , , Stolen bases1
Hits4 , , , Times on base6 , , , –14
Total bases4 , , ,
Category Seasons Category Seasons
adjusted on-base plus slugging8 –13 on-base plus slugging6 –11
70 bases on balls4 , , , runs batted in5 , , , ,
batting average7 –10, runs scored 4 –08,
10 double plays grounded into 9 –07, –14 Slugging percentage7 –11
30 doubles10 , –14 25 stolen bases1
games played 6 , , , , , on-base percentage9 –14
hits1 total bases8 –10, –14
30 home runs2 –07

Records and other distinctions[edit]

Venue or organization Achievement Statistic Date accomplished Date surpassed
Busch Stadium Longest home run feet (&#;m) July 20, June 30, [][]
Colorado Rockies Most RBI in a single game (tied) 8 September 20, Current[29]
Colorado Rockies Most RBI in the month of September 32 Current[27]
Colorado Rockies Longest on-base streak 38 games Current[43]
National League Longest on-base streak to start a season 45 games Current[]
St. Louis Cardinals Most double plays ground into in one season 31 Current[]
Achievement Dates achieved Dates inclusive
Nine or more consecutive seasons of 20 HR, 30 doubles, 75 RBI and 80 runs scored 5 −14 All MLB history []
hits, 30 home runs, 45 doubles, runs and RBI in one season 19 All MLB history [33]
hits and 50 doubles in one season 13 [61]
2× grand slam and additional home run in team's record-breaking comeback victory for runs deficit:
  • vs. Marlins: 18–17 win after 9-run deficit (Rockies record)
  • vs. Twins: 14–13 win after run deficit (A's record)

July 4,

July 20,


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Hit 11 home runs in 12 games 2 [43]
ESPN Longest Home Run of season, feet (&#;m) [36]
3× longest home run of season at Busch Stadium −14 [][][]
MLB longest home run average true distance of season, feet (&#;m) []

Player profile[edit]

Former Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire described Holliday as "a very good on-base guy. He’ll take the walks. He knows how to work the count. He uses the whole field. Once in a while he’ll tap into his strength and hit homers. He's just really good." Comparing his approach to that of Pujols and Adrián González, McGwire also commented that "Matt's very strong mentally. I can’t emphasize enough how this game is a mental grind. The stronger ones do survive, and the stronger ones you see throughout their career, the numbers are always there."[]

Pundits and fans have consistently questioned Holliday's durability, and thus his effectiveness as a hitter, into the final guaranteed year of the contract he signed in However, during each of its first five seasons, he played no fewer than games. In each of the first 11 seasons of his career, including his rookie year, he played at least games.[]

Throughout his career, Holliday has received criticism for his defense.[] After signing with the Yankees, he was projected to play mainly DH, as sportswriter George King observed, "Yankee Stadium’s vast left field and the 6-foot-4, pound Holliday aren’t a good marriage, but he might be able to navigate a much smaller right field in a pinch."[]

Survey of free agent contract signed in [edit]

The contract to which Holliday and the Cardinals agreed before the season was widely viewed as a great success.[][][][] Over its first five seasons, he averaged games per season, batting average, OBP and SLG for a OPS+; his counting stats average included 24 home runs, 93 RBI, and 92 runs scored.[] He totaled homers and doubles in that span.[] Since being acquired from Oakland, Holliday ranked fifth in MLB in RBI, doubles, and runs scored, ninth in extra-base hits, and 14th in OPS.[]

Fangraphs' Wins Above Replacement (WAR) formula rated Holliday's production equivalent to nearly $ million in value while actually being paid just $84 million. In that span, he ranked 11th in all MLB, and fifth among outfielders, with WAR.[][] Holliday was a key factor in the championship run with a big NLCS.[] With RISP, Holliday had hit with a OBP and SLG during his Cardinals years. Since Busch Stadium opened in , he hit with a OBP, SLG; only Pujols had more home runs, RBI and a higher OPS.[] At $ million in total earnings, Forbes magazine ranked Holliday as the 99th-highest paid athlete in the world in []

In spite of missing significant time in and , Holliday contributed WAR during the life of his −16 contract with St. Louis, worth $ million in total contributions according to Fangraphs.[]

Personal life[edit]

Matt Holliday and his wife, Leslee, married on December 30, They met on a blind date in in Stillwater during the baseball offseason when Matt had returned home from his first professional season following his selection by the Rockies in the MLB draft and Leslee was an undergraduate at OSU−Stillwater. Matt's best friend was dating a friend of Leslee's, and they wanted to do a double date, so her friend asked if she would go with Matt. The Hollidays currently reside in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Jupiter, Florida, and have four children.[] They have three sons, Jackson (born December 4, ), Ethan (b. February 23, ), and Reed (b. July 24, ) and a daughter, Gracyn (b. November 7, ). They formerly resided in Austin, Texas, during the offseason until December , following his signing of the contract with the Cardinals in January [] During the offseason, Holliday and his family have also lived in Stillwater, where he also has worked with his brother, Josh, on his swing.[] In the −15 offseason, Holliday and his family moved to South Florida, allowing him to stay in optimal shape year-round, and his sons to continue to play sports in winter months.[]

Holliday is a Christian and is part of a Bible study group with fellow Christian teammates. He has spoken about his faith saying, "I play for God. It says in the Bible that we are to do all things for Him. So I try to do the best that I can for Him. This is my job, not who I am."[] Leslee has led a Bible study in the St. Louis area for professional athletes' wives.[]

Holliday's favorite player growing up was Cal Ripken, Jr. He has stated that if he had a dream car it would be a Bentley Continental GT, rather than a sports car, because he is "too big for small sports cars."[]

Scott Boras has represented Holliday as his agent since he turned professional. Holliday described his relationship with Boras and his staff in that he "enjoy(s) sitting down and talking to them. Scott is as accessible as you want him to be. I could call him right now. He's got a lot of clients and people say they don’t hear from Scott but he’ll give you as much or as little attention as you want." Holliday further explained that due to the amenities the Boras Corporation provides, including a staff psychologist, research to assist players in prolonging careers, studies into arbitration cases, and statistical performance computation, he felt that Boras' agency gave him the best opportunities to succeed.[][]

Known primarily as a reserved figure, Holliday has played for years in the shadows of such franchise icons as Todd Helton and Albert Pujols, which accommodated his demeanor well. However, he has emerged as a veteran presence for the Cardinals willing to assist and entertain younger players and top prospects as they attempt to adjust to a lifestyle of playing baseball. In January , he invited Matt Adams, Ryan Jackson, Charlie Tilson and Kolten Wong for a weeklong stay in St. Louis at the tony Frontenac Hotel. Activities included eating out, hitting, working out and attending a St. Louis Blues game. Holliday also became more active on his Twitter account and more readily availed himself as a guest on talk radio shows. Further, he befriended former teammate David Freese, who, shortly after Holliday's arrival in St. Louis in , was arrested for driving under the influence. However, after becoming daily workout partners and socializing, teammates noted a "positive influence" on Freese.[]

With intense off-season physical training regimens, Holliday plays squash and likes to incorporate an NFL approach. He has trained with teammates, such as Freese, and pitcherTrevor Rosenthal, in activities such as "sled pushing, tire flipping and some fireman carries", and each player taking turns carrying each other for about 20 metres.[]

One opponent with long-time ties to the Hollidays is former Boston Red Sox managerJohn Farrell. Farrell pitched for Tom Holliday at OSU, helping propel them to four College World Series appearances. When Matt and Josh were still toddlers, Farrell often babysat them when their parents went out. Years later, when Matt Holliday was a member of the Rockies team that played the Red Sox in the World Series, Farrell was the Red Sox pitching coach. Six years after that, as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, Holliday again played against Farrell. This time, he was the Red Sox manager.[] In both Series, however, Farrell's teams were victorious over Holliday's.[70][]

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Active in charity work, Holliday has represented his teams around Greater St. Louis while maintaining a low profile. Though a common practice of athletes, he has not established his own foundation. Others who know Holliday have elaborated that he has written "very significant" checks to charities.[] Starting in , Holliday endorsed with Freese for Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital a pledge program called "Homers for Health." For each home run that the Cardinals hit, fans were encouraged to donate 25 cents.[] The program became very successful, raising more than $ million in its first five years. Said Cardinal Glennon's director of marketing and communications Rose Fogarty, “he has done more than any other Cardinal has done for this hospital since Stan Musial. They put Cardinal Glennon on the map again in St. Louis. Matt and Leslee brought us into the limelight.” Further, Holliday is a frequent visitor to patients at the hospital,[] and to other children's hospitals. On Labor Day of , he, his wife and two sons spent more than two hours at Shriners Hospitals for Children attending to a year-old boy recuperating from hip surgery.[]

After former teammate Albert Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in , the Pujols Family Foundation remained in St. Louis and partnered with Holliday for coordination of events, such as the Albert Pujols Golf Classic. Pujols and his wife, Deidre, started the foundation to raise funds and awareness of poverty and infirm children in Pujols' native Dominican Republic.[] With his mother, Kathy Holliday, and the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, Holliday raised awareness for colorectal cancer screening. Kathy Holliday had been treated for colorectal cancer while the Cardinals played the Giants in the NLCS.[]

Coaching career[edit]

On July 18, , it was announced that Matt would be joining his brother Josh's coaching staff at Oklahoma State University as an outfielding and hitting coach.[]

See also[edit]

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Cardinals: Matt Holliday thinks Nolan Arenado will fit right in on St. Louis

Matt Holliday, another former Rockie turned St. Louis Cardinal, doesn&#;t buy the Nolan Arenado skepticism. 

Holliday himself was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, but not straight from the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field. The seven-time All-Star didn&#;t even play a full season for the Oakland Athletics, breaking up his time in Colorado and an eventual move to Busch Stadium. Nonetheless, he understands some of the doubt surrounding Arenado as he moves to the NL Central, as he lived much of it first-hand.

Still, Holliday insists that Arenado is a different type of player, one that doesn&#;t rely solely on the altitude of Denver. Instead, Arenado is a line-drive hitter, one who will play well at any ballpark.

&#;He&#;s just always thinking about baseball, and I think that&#;ll fit in to what Cardinals fans love,&#; said Holliday, a former Cardinals outfielder fromto FOX2 St. Louis. &#;He&#;s not a big fly ball hitter, he&#;s not a guy who skies the ball into the air to trust the altitude to take over.&#;

Does Matt Holliday have a point about Nolan Arenado?

Yes and no. Arenado is tremendous defensive third baseman, and given his value in that regard, and the fact that the Cardinals got him for a rather cheap asking price, it was a smart move. Yet, saying Arenado didn&#;t benefit from playing at Coors&#; Field is a fallacy, just look at the numbers.

FanSided&#;s own David Salituro pointed that out in his examination of Arenado&#;s Coors Field effect: &#;SinceArenado is batting just with a OPS on the road. At home, he’s a hitter (53 points higher) with an OPS of He hits a home run in percent of his at-bats at home; on the road, that declines to percent.&#;

So, yes, Arenado brings plenty to St. Louis even without his bat, and he&#;s worth the contract the Rockies gave to him. Not to mention, the overall market price for a player of Arenado&#;s caliber has only increased since he signed his extension.

On the other hand, however, ignoring that Arenado played in an MLB hitter&#;s heaven since is a fallacy.

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The One That Got Away

Welcome to Baseball Week. As training camp approaches and baseball greendot com login register a break for its mid-summer classic, The MMQB presents a week of stories on the crossover between hardball and football.

Two decades ago, Les Miles had a stroke of luck so fortuitous that it might only happen once in a coach&#x;s career: The top quarterback recruit in the state, and one of the best in the country, lived just a few houses down the street.

Back then, Miles was an up-and-coming offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State. His kids grew up idolizing their neighbor, while dad wooed him on behalf of the Cowboys. NCAA rules permitted coaches to make home visits once a week, so, once a week, Miles would take a walk down his Stillwater, Okla., block. Miles grabbed the pad of paper next to the Hollidays&#x; telephone and, over meatballs, drew up plays&#x;a lot farmers national insurance pass plays&#x;that he just knew would light up OSU&#x;s Lewis Field. The quarterback&#x;s dad still remembers the optimism that flew around their kitchen table (We&#x;ll lead the nation in scoring!).

All of them believed it. As a junior at Stillwater High, the kid had set a state record with 35 touchdown passes, this in an era before high school football was an aerial show. In the fall ofduring his senior year, a USA Today recruiting column described him as the unbelievable quarterback out of Stillwater, Okla. He could sling it 75 yards without a lot of strain, and two decades later, Miles still recalls his neighbor&#x;s natural touch as a passer. Boy, Miles says wistfully, he could really whistle it.

But they never got the chance to run those plays they&#x;d drawn up together. In earlyMiles accepted a job as the tight ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys. And that summer, the quarterback broke hearts in Stillwater when he walked away from football to chase a different sports dream. High school careers, in all too many cases, are in no way predictive of future success. But this quarterback? Even now, Miles is convinced of what he saw.

I think he&#x;d be playing in the NFL today, Miles says. I think he&#x;d still be playing.

&#x; BASEBALL WEEK AT THE MMQB: The MMQB&#x;s series on the crossover between hardball and football.

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The quarterback has made a name for himself on the baseball diamond. Even casual baseball fans know Matt Holliday, former Colorado Rockies, Oakland A&#x;s and St. Louis Cardinals star, currently spending his 14th MLB season as a designated hitter and veteran clubhouse mensch for the New York Yankees. I ended up, I think, making the right decision, Holliday said modestly before a Friday night game at Yankee Stadium this spring.

Yes, his decision, made a few months after high school graduation, to pursue a professional baseball career has worked out so well that it&#x;s immune to any second-guessing. But at the same time, Holliday&#x;s well-above-the-odds success in one professional sports career only stokes curiosity: What if he had chosen football?

In hindsight it was an easy call, but 20 years ago it wasn&#x;t so obvious. Holliday loved baseball. He grew up around it; his dad coached https www suntrust online banking, his uncle scouted it and his older brother played it. Holliday always answered the age-old grade-school question&#x; What do you want to be when you grow up? &#x;the same way: A professional baseball player. But he also had an uncommon arm, built for a purpose beyond the baseball diamond.

The first time Holliday played quarterback was in eighth grade. Before that, because of his extra-large frame, he was required to play a position that didn&#x;t involve him carrying the football. Coaches stuck him on the offensive line, which was almost enough to run him out of the sport. His junior-high coach thought tight end might be the best fit&#x;that is, until Holliday uncorked a yard throw on his first attempt in a game. The receiver walked into the end zone untouched. On the next play, different pass pattern, same result.

Once his older brother, Josh, graduated, Holliday took over as the starting quarterback for Stillwater High as a sophomore. They ran a basic I-formation offense, no shotgun, far from the pass-happy spreads in vogue today. But by the end of his prep career, he&#x;d thrown for more than 6, yards and 68 touchdowns. Years later, a game from his senior season is still the stuff of legend across the state of Oklahoma.

Stillwater was facing Tulsa Union, a state powerhouse, in the Class 6A playoffs. Midway through the fourth quarter, Stillwater trailed Fans began to trickle out of the stadium&#x;until word of a rally reached the parking lot. In the game&#x;s final six minutes, Holliday led Stillwater on three touchdown drives. By the time it was over he had thrown for yards and five TDs in a victory. Ten years ago, The Oklahoman published a list of the state&#x;s greatest sports events. Holliday&#x;s dramatic comeback for Stillwater ranked No. 71, just two spots below Henryetta&#x;s Troy Aikman being named the MVP of Super Bowl XXVII.

In the stands, sitting in front of Holliday&#x;s parents that night, was Derrel Gofourth, the former Oklahoma State guard who played eight seasons in the NFL. I don&#x;t know what Matt&#x;s going to do, Gofourth told the Hollidays after Stillwater&#x;s final score, but if he doesn&#x;t play college football, you are crazy.

Holliday&#x;s recruiting class was packed with QBs&#x;among them, Mike Vick and Carson Palmer&#x;but recruiters gushed that the 6' 4", pound pocket passer might be the best pure thrower in the country. An August article in the Tulsa World detailed the ramped up recruiting of Holliday. While touring in Brazil with the junior national baseball team, he got a phone call from Notre Dame head coach Bob Davie. Colorado&#x;s Rick Neuheisel flew in to Stillwater for a spring workout. Holliday was touted as Oklahoma&#x;s best football prospect since Aikman, word that reached the three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback himself. At the all-state football banquet Holliday&#x;s senior year, Aikman presented him with the trophy for Offensive Player of the Year. Holliday&#x;s dad recalls the Cowboys star good-naturedly introducing his son as, The guy who broke my records and, from what I hear, throws the football better than I do.

Then and now, Holliday never enjoyed the attention. People try to make a lot out of my football career, he says, and I try to remind them, I just played in high school, and there was no guarantee. I don&#x;t want to overhype my football prowess. But, I did love to play.

&#x; TOM BRADY&#x;S BASEBALL CAREER: Including the time a year-old QB borrowed Ken Griffey Jr.&#x;s jersey.

* * *

If anyone understood cutting through hype, it was Tom Holliday. Matt&#x;s father coached college baseball for 41 years and was promoted to head coach at Oklahoma State during Matt&#x;s junior year, after 19 seasons as an assistant. He worked with Robin Ventura before the third baseman&#x;s year career in the majors; he signed Darryl Strawberry to a letter of intent at Oklahoma State, right before the slugger was drafted first overall by the Mets (Strawberry, of course, never enrolled). He also saw hundreds of promising young players who never sniffed the big leagues. Many times on the recruiting trail, Tom was tempted to declare, That guy is the best hitter I&#x;ve ever seen! And then he&#x;d catch himself, and think, Yeah, but I did see Robin Ventura a lot&#x; A big part of Tom&#x;s career was evaluating talent, advising, trying to divine futures&#x;but the stakes were never higher than with his own son.

Theirs is a baseball family&#x;at the matt holliday as, Tom&#x;s older son, Josh, played catcher for him at Oklahoma State, and Tom&#x;s brother, Dave, was a scout with the Colorado Rockies. But Tom made sure the door to football was open if his son wanted to go that direction.

Toward the end of Matt&#x;s high school career, Tom mailed VHS tapes his son&#x;s best friend had cut up to two former Oklahoma State coaching peers whose opinions counted for a lot: Jimmy Johnson, then head coach of the Miami Dolphins, and Dave Wannstedt, then head coach of the Chicago Bears. Tom&#x;s memory of their feedback is clearer than that of either former coach&#x; It was so long ago, Johnson says&#x;but they helped validate that Matt had a real future in football.

Wannstedt, Tom recalls, predicted that Matt would be a three-and-out first-round draft choice if he went to college to play football. To which Tom replied, matt holliday as not BS&#x;ing me, are you?

Perhaps the greatest source of validation, though, came in the form of an unsolicited letter that arrived at the Hollidays&#x; home during Matt&#x;s senior year. Recruiting cc cream vs bb cream vs tinted moisturizer usually came to the high school, and the coaches would distribute them to the players during Saturday morning film sessions. This was different. Tom still has it at his home in Stillwater, buried somewhere in a box of Matt&#x;s pay probation online sc, old yearbooks and high school notebooks, out in the garage. But he remembers the gist of the message: Saw you on film, keep up the good work, see you in the NFL draft in three years. Whatever you do, keep the Kansas City Chiefs in mind. Signed, Carl Peterson, general manager.

The Hollidays&#x; first thought was that it might have been a recruiting ploy by a college program eager to show off its NFL connections. But no school claimed credit for setting it up, and they never found out exactly how the GM of the Chiefs knew about a high school quarterback. Peterson, who has a distant memory of sending the letter, explains that this was a practice he enjoyed as a GM. He&#x;d gotten his start coaching high school and small college football. Chiefs area scouts would from time to time come back from the road with names of up-and-coming high school players they&#x;d heard about from college coaches, and Peterson liked being able to send the young men a letter of encouragement.

My recollection was he was an outstanding high school football player, Peterson says. Sometimes guys want to change sports, or try both. But, he probably made the right decision. One never knows.

* * *

In the days leading up to the MLB draft, teams bombarded Tom Holliday with nervous phone calls. Would he really sign if we drafted him? a Yankees scout asked on the eve of the draft. Teams floated exaggerated signing bonus figures, wanting to know how many million it would take to get a deal done. Holliday had signed a letter of intent with Oklahoma State, to synchrony bank cd rates 2018 football for Bob Simmons and baseball for his dad and with his older brother. Because of his options, MLB teams knew he would be a tough sign.

Holliday was invited to a pre-draft workout with the Pirates, where he was one of the final three players kept on the field. The Pirates took one of the other two players&#x;first baseman Clint Johnson, who never advanced past Double-A&#x;in the first round. The Yankees selected another dual-sports star, Drew Henson, in the third. Tom says three teams told him they&#x;d take his son in the first round, but suddenly they stopped calling. The draft was a mess, Tom recalls, because everybody thought football was going to win out. The team that ended up taking a late-round gamble had Uncle Dave in the draft room.

The night of the draft, Holliday and his brother had an American Legion game an hour outside of Stillwater, so they weren&#x;t paying close attention. When Holliday came home, his dad told him, Hey, the Rockies took you in the seventh round. Holliday went upstairs to shower, as if his dad had just passed on a message that a buddy had called while he was out.

After Holliday slid in the draft, most people expected him to enroll at Oklahoma State. Tom liked the idea of both sons playing for him, and of Matt exploring his options in both sports for a few more years. (And mom liked matt holliday as idea of him getting a college degree.) But a few weeks later, Holliday knocked on his parents&#x; bedroom door around midnight. I think I want to go play pro baseball, he said. Tom told him to sleep on it; Matt said he already had. To tell you the truth, Tom says, I didn&#x;t know that he wanted to do it that bad.

Around the same time, Tom and his wife, Kathy, were at the airport when they bumped into Leslie O&#x;Neal, the All-Pro defensive end whom the Hollidays used to have over for Sunday morning pancake breakfasts when he played at Oklahoma State. He knew Matt had a tough decision to make. Tell him to go get baseball out of his system, O&#x;Neil said. He explained how pass rushers like him eat up young QBs in the NFL. He loved the idea of Matt going back to school at age 21, and going to the NFL at age 24, older and bigger and stronger. The Hollidays liked how that sounded.

Tom took the family lawyer, Jot Hartley, out to Denver to try to negotiate a contract with the Rockies. The deal they worked out was a creative one: It was a three-year commitment, for both sides. The Rockies would pay Holliday a signing bonus just under a million dollars, a record at the time for a seventh-round pick. After three years, if Holliday didn&#x;t like baseball or baseball didn&#x;t like him, he could go back to school without having to give any of the money back.

Holliday had heard the same spiel his dad gave recruits, that only a slim margin of baseball players&#x;around two percent&#x;who sign pro contracts out of high school make it to the majors. Even so, he probably underestimated the toll that toiling in the minor leagues can take on a young player. At the end of those three years, he was still in Class A-Advanced, had just been moved from third base to the outfield, and would find out he needed Tommy John surgery to fix a torn ligament in his throwing arm. Les Miles was back at Oklahoma State as the head coach; he and a bunch of other college football programs (Tennessee, Texas, Miami) were calling. If Holliday was going to matt holliday as football again, this was the time.

There are some obvious reasons today&#x;s athletes might prefer baseball to football. But in the late 90s, the link between head injuries in football and long-term neurological impairment was not nearly as well-understood or well-publicized, though that is something Holliday will consider with his own sons (his oldest, year-old Jackson, won&#x;t be allowed to play tackle football until he hits puberty). Nor can he say that, as an year old, baseball&#x;s fully guaranteed contracts vs. the partially guaranteed deals in football was something he really ofb crib session uncut a lot of thought into. Holliday picked baseball the first time for a simple reason: It was his lifelong dream to play in the major leagues. At age 21, even with the slow start to his pro career, that hadn&#x;t changed.

I had to make a decision one way or the other, Holliday says. Am I going to bail and go try to make it in football, or stick with it? I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into my baseball career, and I felt like I was getting close to figuring some stuff out. I wanted to stick with it.

&#x; TIM TEBOW&#x;S NEW CAREER: Wherever this baseball odyssey takes him, for Tim Tebow it&#x;s all part of a much bigger plan.

* * *

If you follow baseball, you know the rest of the story. Holliday broke into the majors with the Rockies inemerging as a Rookie of the Year candidate. In he won a National League batting title, finished second in MVP balloting and led the Rockies to their first NL pennant. He&#x;s a seven-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger recipient and hogan bremer obituaries a World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals in Now 37, he&#x;s been the Yankees&#x; primary DH this season, plus a needed fill-in at first base and a mentor for rookie sensation Aaron Judge.

Even when his career in the majors began to take off, Holliday still heard from folks in Stillwater wanting to know, Hey, are you coming back to play football? At some point I&#x;d say, I&#x;m doing pretty well in the major leagues, Matt holliday as am probably not coming back to play football, Holliday says. I was reminded of it quite often, of football and what might have been.

For those who watched his high school football career unfold, that thought is hard to shake. Just a few years ago, Holliday was invited by Miles, then the LSU head coach, to Baton Rouge for a game against Alabama. And shoot, he grew into a big ol&#x; strong horse, Miles says. He would have been a great quarterback. This isn&#x;t second-guessing; it&#x;s simply a football coach&#x;s wishful thinking.

A decade after his son&#x;s decision between football and baseball, Tom Holliday&#x;s coaching career took him to North Carolina State. There, he worked with another young athlete straddling two sports. He was the Wolfpack&#x;s quarterback in the fall, then played baseball in the spring&#x;just like Matt would have done at Oklahoma State&#x;but sometimes, on an autumn Monday, after the day&#x;s football meetings were done, he wanted to get in a little BP. Tom took to keeping one of Matt&#x;s bats in his office, so the player didn&#x;t get caught walking around campus with baseball equipment during football season. Afterward, he and his wife would invite him over for matt holliday as. Tom told him baseball was his sport&#x;after all, he had been drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of high school. Plus, Tom thought, Russell Wilson was too short to play quarterback in the NFL anyway.

Now, on Sundays, Tom watches his hometown Steelers, and he watches Wilson, hoping their games are in different time slots. All these years later, he still thinks about what it would have been like to watch his son on Sundays, too. What&#x;s the age, he&#x;s asked himself, when you&#x;ve gotta get it out of your mind? Is there a statute of limitations on that other sports dream?

Major League Baseball, and an All-Star game or two, and you start thinking, eh, forget about football, Tom says. Then all of a sudden, somewhere in the winter you put a football in his hand, and you stand there and say, Gee whiz, he still throws the crap out of the football. Tommy John surgery? Doesn&#x;t matter. He just throws the football right. When Major League Baseball says they don&#x;t want you anymore, and you can&#x;t get a contract, why not take a whack at it for a year?

Tom Holliday stops himself there. He knows it sounds crazy to suggest that his year-old son, who has made more than $ million in a sustained professional sports career, go back to play college football. But it&#x;s the most pleasant kind of what if.

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Former MLB All-Star Matt Holliday Sells Florida Mansion for $M

Colorado Rockies' Matt Holliday looks over in the dugout before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 17, (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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Apologies to anyone with $ million laying around. Matt Holliday's Florida mansion is no longer on the market.

The former Major League Baseball slugger reportedly sold the house that was custom-built in for $ million, per TMZ Sports. The house features seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, an eight-car garage, home theater, pool, spa, wine cellar and gourmet chef's kitchen, plus a two-bedroom and two-bathroom guest house.

Holliday's former place is in the same Jupiter, Florida, neighborhood that Serena Williams, Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka live in.

The year-old played from through for the Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees.

He was a seven-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger who won the World Series with the Cardinals and batting title with the Rockies.

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Eight months after striking out in their efforts to acquire Matt Holliday from the Rockies, the Cardinals got him from the Athletics, completing a series of transactions designed to boost their offense and bolster their chances of returning to the bank of colorado routing number after a two-year absence.

On July 24,the Athletics dealt Holliday to the Cardinals for three prospects: corner infielder Brett Wallace, pitcher Clayton Mortensen and outfielder Shane Peterson.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa put Holliday in left field and batted him in the cleanup spot between Albert Pujols and Ryan Ludwick.

Holliday was the third prominent position player acquired by the Cardinals in a span of one month. On June 27,they got third baseman Mark DeRosa from the Indians for pitchers Chris Perez and Jess Todd, and on July 22,they acquired infielder Julio Lugo from the Red Sox for outfielder Chris Duncan.

&#;Tony pushes these guys to be successful,&#; Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. &#;My job is to make sure he has the right players to do so.&#;

Aggressive suitor

The Cardinals&#; pursuit monthly weather forecast outer banks nc Holliday intensified in November at the general managers meetings at Dana Point, Calif.

Holliday won a National League batting title inhittingand led the league in hits (), doubles (50), RBI () and total bases () for the pennant-winning Rockies. He became expendable after the season because the Rockies couldn&#;t get him to commit to a long-term contract and he was eligible to become a free agent a year later.

&#;The Rockies arrived at the meetings intent on building momentum for a deal involving Holliday,&#; the Post-Dispatch reported, and the Cardinals were an &#;aggressive suitor.&#;

Mozeliak, who worked for the Rockies before joining the Cardinals after the season, acknowledged the pursuit of Holliday. &#;For me to say there were not serious discussions would be inaccurate,&#; he said to the Post-Dispatch.

The Cardinals offered Ludwick for Holliday, the Post-Dispatch reported, but the Rockies also wanted utility player Skip Schumaker matt holliday as pitcher Mitchell Boggs included in the deal.

According to the Post-Dispatch, &#;misgivings existed within some quarters of the organization about committing multiple players for Holliday&#; because matt holliday as could depart as a free agent after the season.

Unable to come to terms with the Cardinals, the Rockies traded Holliday to the Athletics on Nov. 10,for outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and pitchers Huston Street and Greg Smith.

Big deal

The Athletics posted losing records in each of the first three months of the season and entered July in last place in the American League West. Out of contention and facing the likelihood Holliday could walk away after the season, the Athletics shopped him and the Cardinals made the best offer.

Wallace, the Cardinals&#; first-round draft pick, was the &#;keystone of the deal&#; for the Athletics, Mozeliak told the Post-Dispatch.

&#;Wallace is not the type of hitter you&#;re going to replace easily,&#; Mozeliak said.

Wallace hit a combined for two Cardinals farm clubs in and for Class AAA Memphis in

The Cardinals, who were and in first place in the National League Central, games ahead of both the Astros and Cubs, were willing to give up prospects for the opportunity to qualify for the postseason for the first time since

Asked whether he was concerned Holiday would depart as a free agent, Mozeliak responded, &#;Let him get a taste of St. Louis.&#;

How big a deal was it for the Cardinals to get Holliday? &#;It&#;s as big as his biceps,&#; pitcher Adam Wainwright told the Post-Dispatch.

Loaded lineup

Holliday was informed of the trade the morning of July 24,by text at a hotel in New York, where the Athletics were staying for a series with the Yankees.

Accompanied by his wife and two sons, Holliday took a train from Manhattan to Philadelphia and joined the Cardinals in time for their night game against the Phillies.

La Russa posted a revamped batting order of Lugo at second base, DeRosa at third, Pujols at first, Holliday in left, Ludwick in right, Yadier Molina at catcher, Rick Ankiel in center, Brendan Ryan at short and pitcher Joel Pineiro.

At the time of the trade, Pujols had received 34 intentional walks on the season, or 21 matt holliday as than any other major-league batter, according to Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz.

&#;By getting Holliday to follow Albert Pujols in the lineup, matt holliday as Cardinals clearly raised their profile as a National League contender,&#; the Philadelphia Inquirer observed.

Pujols called Holliday &#;a professional hitter&#; and said, &#;He&#;d make any lineup better.&#;

Holliday went 4-for-5 in his Cardinals debut, producing three singles and a double, with one RBI and a run scored in an triumph over the Phillies. Boxscore

&#;I can&#;t imagine being a pitcher and having to pitch to Pujols and looking on deck and seeing Holliday,&#; Athletics infielder Mark Ellis said to the New York Daily News. &#;That&#;s incredible.&#;

Dodgers manager Joe Torre, taking a good-natured jab at La Russa, said to the Post-Dispatch, &#;That lineup is pretty deep now. Tony won&#;t have to bat the pitcher eighth anymore.&#;

Happy Holliday

After batting with 54 RBI in 93 games for the Athletics, Holliday hit with 55 RBI in 63 games for the Cardinals.

With Holliday, the Cardinals were and won the division title with an overall mark offinishing games ahead of the second-place Cubs.

Holliday, 29, became a free agent after the season, but returned to the Cardinals. Inhe hit bank of america merchant services logo 45 doubles, 28 home runs and RBI.

He played in the postseason in six of his eight years with the Cardinals, missing only in andand helped them to two National League pennants and a World Series title.

Holliday&#;s numbers as a Cardinal: batting average, 1, hits, on-base percentage.

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Matt Holliday

Position: Leftfielder

Bats: Right  •  Throws: Right

, lb (cm, kg)

Born:January 15, in Stillwater, OKus

Draft: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 7th round of the MLB June Amateur Draft from Stillwater HS (Stillwater, OK).

High School:Stillwater HS (Stillwater, OK)

Debut: April 16, (Age d, 18,th in major league history)
   vs. STL 3 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB

Last Game:October 1, (Age d)
   vs. LAD 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB

Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during season

Agents: Boras Corporation • Previously: Jot Hartley

National Team:us USA (WBC,Pro,18U)

Full Name: Matthew Thomas Holliday

Nicknames:Big Daddy

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Silent slugger: Speculation about Matt Holliday&#;s whereabouts after Yankees stint

While the offseason has been ripe with new signings and rumors galore, there is still one major question that is begging to be answered by the New York Yankees: where is Matt Holliday?

Thirty-eight-year-old slugger Matt Holliday is familiar with bouncing between teams. He has spent much of his successful career in a variety of places, with his latest landing spot being the season with the New York Yankees.

Among the offseason rumblings, Holliday&#;s name has been noticeably absent. After signing a one-year, $13 million deal to don the pinstripes inHolliday has vanished.

And it wasn&#;t just to hide from his lackluster season. Holliday came into the Bronx in the full-time designated hitter position to miss the end of June, beginning of July and all but three games in August due to illness and then injury. In total, he finished the year with career-lows in batting average () and on-base percentage () and a total of 19 home runs.

While they Yankees weren&#;t expecting an incredibly dominant output from the year-old, they were certainly hoping to have a reliable, consistent DH to help welcome in a young lineup. Unfortunately, Holliday didn&#;t have the greatest season.

But ever since the final game of the season finished, Holliday completely disappeared. So where did he go? Why did he go? Here are some potential answers.

At the doctor&#;s office

Where, oh where, is Matt Holliday? Well, we can start our search at his primary care physician&#;s office.

It&#;s no surprise that Holliday&#;s mysterious illness in the end of June was a big blow to the lineup. As written in August, the DH dilemma took a big blow with Holliday out, forcing other players to take over his position, a position many players were not familiar with.

After he came down with a virus in Oakland on June 17 (ironically, the same place where he had listed in his contract as the one team he refused to be traded to), Holliday was zapped of all his energy. Epstein-Barr virus, a virus associated with mononucleosis, takes a lot out of you and, trust me, that isn&#;t something that Holliday wants to ever get again.

So check his doctor&#;s office. He&#;s probably there either battling another illness or working to prevent another one for next season.

At the hairdresser 

NO, this is not to make fun of the fact that he has perhaps the shiniest head east of the Mississippi River. Anyone remember a little bet that he made with Brett Gardner last year?

The Bald Brothers, as they were so perfectly dubbed last season, were in the midst of a home run contest. With Gardner&#;s newly corralled power, he was matching Holliday, the heavy hitter, in home runs. So, naturally, it was determined in May that the loser of the home run contest would have to grow out his hair for a month, per mynewextsetup.us&#;s Randy Miller.

And guess who lost? Holliday took the L and probably has been growing his hair out since Game 7 in Houston. With newly found locks, he&#;s got to get that hair trimmed.

Time to check out the local barbershops in the Bronx. Chances are, Holliday is hiding out in one until Gardner determines it&#;s safe to shave it all off.

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Hiding out at Yankee Stadium

Listen, Matt Holliday is no fool. While he may not be under contract with the Yankees anymore, he would be an absolute moron to want to leave the Bronx, right as they are undergoing one of their most promising seasons in years.

I wouldn&#;t be surprised if Holliday is hiding out in the Yankees clubhouse, being an ever-present figured at the Stadium to remind the Yankees that, yes, he&#;s still here. And yes, he&#;s still dedicated to the team.

Watching the Yankees pick up Giancarlo Stanton, keep their dominant playoff rotation and generate excitement for this upcoming season has to have Holliday wishing he could be back there in some capacity. How can they kick him out if first offender program virginia hanging out there all the time?

The truth is, we have absolutely no clue where Matt Holliday is. Hey, he could even be traveling the world with his wife and kids, living it up with his millions of dollars made from get a cash app card career. But it&#;s far more fun to speculate, right?

Wherever Matt Holliday is, we wish him the very best in his next endeavor. He likely will not be with the Yankees in but we can still cheer for him&#;as long as it&#;s outside of the AL East.


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