Matt Holliday

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Matt Holliday
Mattholiday2013pictureprofile.jpg
Holliday with the Cardinals.
St. Louis Cardinals – No. 7
Left fielder
Born: (1980-01-15) January 15, 1980 (age 34)
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Bats: RightThrows: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 2004 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
(through July 24, 2014)
Batting average.309
Hits1,775
Home runs259
Runs batted in1,017
Slugging percentage.524
Runs1,002
Teams
Career highlights and awards
 
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Matt Holliday
Mattholiday2013pictureprofile.jpg
Holliday with the Cardinals.
St. Louis Cardinals – No. 7
Left fielder
Born: (1980-01-15) January 15, 1980 (age 34)
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Bats: RightThrows: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 2004 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
(through July 24, 2014)
Batting average.309
Hits1,775
Home runs259
Runs batted in1,017
Slugging percentage.524
Runs1,002
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Matthew Thomas Holliday (born January 15, 1980) is a professional baseball left fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Colorado Rockies selected him in the seventh round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft out of Stillwater High School in Oklahoma.[1] Holliday made his major league debut with the Rockies in 2004, where played until being traded to the Oakland Athletics after the 2008 season. He played part of the 2009 season for Oakland and was traded to the Cardinals that year. He resigned with the Cardinals after becoming a free agent and is under contract through 2017.

Holliday is a six-time All-Star selection and a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He was the runner-up in the National League MVP voting for the 2007 Major League Baseball season after leading the National League (NL) in batting average, runs batted in (RBI), doubles and hits.[2] He won the 2007 National League Championship Series MVP as he helped guide the Rockies to their first-ever National League pennant and World Series appearance.[3]

Early career[edit]

Holliday was recruited out of Stillwater High School, in Oklahoma to play quarterback at Oklahoma State, but he chose to sign with the Colorado Rockies and was signed by scout Pat Daugherty.[4] As a senior, Holliday earned All-American honors in football and baseball and also earned his region's Gatorade Player of the Year award in both sports.[4] He also competed for the 1997 USA Junior National Team.[4]

On December 14, 2007, Holliday had his #24 high school jersey retired in a ceremony at Stillwater High School.[5] Businesses in Stillwater were also asked to honor Holliday that day by posting a "Welcome Home Matt Holliday" message on a marquee or window.[5]

Major league career[edit]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

2004[edit]

Holliday was originally scheduled to spend much of 2004 with Colorado Rockies' Triple-A affiliate Colorado Springs Sky Sox.[6] However, due to injuries to Rockies outfielders Preston Wilson and Larry Walker, he soon became a mainstay in the Rockies lineup.[6] Holliday made his major league debut on April 16, 2004, at Busch Memorial Stadium against one of his future teams, the St. Louis Cardinals. He had three at-bats, but did not record a hit.[7] He recorded his first career RBI against the Cardinals' Woody Williams on April 18, doubling in Kit Pellow.[8] Holliday played a total of 121 games during his rookie season and finished with a .290 batting average, 14 home runs, 31 doubles and 57 RBIs.[6] He hit his first career home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 22, 2004.[6]

Holliday was named to Baseball America's All-Rookie team and Topps All-Star Rookie team for the 2004 season. He finished fifth in the voting for the 2004 National League Rookie of the Year.[6]

2005[edit]

Holliday played in 125 games during the 2005 season and improved in nearly all of his offensive categories from the previous season. He hit .307 with 147 hits, 19 home runs, 87 RBIs, 68 runs, 14 stolen bases and 242 total bases.[9] He also had a better slugging percentage (.505) and on-base percentage (.361). After the All-Star break, Holliday hit 14 home runs, which were the most on the Colorado Rockies during the second half of the season. He also drove in 64 runs after the All-Star break, second in the National League to Chase Utley (65).

Holliday spent time on the disabled list from June 9 to July 18, due to a fractured right pinky finger.[9] In September, Holliday hit a National League-high 32 RBI, which was also a Rockies record for the month of September.[9] On September 20, he tied a Colorado Rockies record by hitting eight RBIs in one game.[9] He also hit two home runs in that game, which turned out to be a 20–1 blowout against the San Diego Padres. Holliday's eight RBIs was the second-highest single-game total in the 2005 Major League Baseball season, second only to the 10 RBI by New York Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez on April 26 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[9]

2006[edit]

Holliday played in 155 games during the 2006 season. He hit .326 with 196 hits, 34 home runs, 114 RBIs, 119 runs, 10 stolen bases and 353 total bases.[10] His slugging percentage was .586 while his on-base percentage was .387. Holliday finished in the top five of the National League in batting average, hits, runs, extra base hits, total bases and slugging percentage.[10] He finished first on the Colorado Rockies in home runs, extra base hits, runs, total bases and multi-hit games.[10] Holliday also had the luxury of being only one of 11 MLB players during the 2006 season to steal home.[10] He stole home as part of a double steal in an August 9, game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Holliday was voted in by players and coaches as a reserve in the 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which was his first career All-Star selection.[10] Holliday also received his first Silver Slugger Award for his outstanding hitting during the 2006 season.[10]

2007[edit]

Holliday during his tenure with the Colorado Rockies in 2007.

Holliday's 2007 season was the best of his career, thus far. He played in 158 games and had career highs in batting average (.340; leading the NL), hits (216; leading the NL), runs (120; 3rd in the NL, behind Jimmy Rollins and Hanley Ramírez), doubles (50; leading the NL), home runs (36), RBIs (137; leading the NL), walks (63), slugging percentage (.607; 3rd in the NL, behind Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder), OPS (1.012; 3rd in the NL, behind Chipper Jones and Fielder), extra base hits (92; leading the NL) and total bases (386; leading the NL).[11] Holliday finished in at least the top six of the National League in each of those categories except walks. He batted .376 with a .722 slugging percentage and 25 home runs at mile-high Coors Field, and hit .301 with a .485 slugging percentage and 11 home runs in away games. He became only the fifth National League player in the last 59 years to lead the NL in both batting average and RBIs.[12] He also became only the 13th major league player in the last 45 years to finish a season with at least 200 hits and 50 doubles.[13] Furthermore, there was a stretch during the season in which Holliday reached base safely in 36 consecutive games. That broke a Rockies record held by Todd Helton and Larry Walker, as each of them had a streak of 35 consecutive games.[14] Along with his impressive offensive numbers, Holliday established himself as a legitimate defender, as he had the second highest fielding percentage out of all MLB left fielders (.990). He committed only three errors, on an MLB-high 306 total chances for left fielders.[15]

Holliday's accomplishments during the season led to a second All-Star appearance, as he was once again voted in by players and coaches of the National League. He received the most votes (725) from them than any other player in MLB.[16] Holliday also participated in the 2007 Home Run Derby, but did not win.[16] He was named NL Player of the Month for September.[16] His season garnered strong MVP talk, as he, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder were considered the prime National League MVP candidates following the conclusion of the 2007 regular season. Holliday ended up coming in second in the vote, with 336 points, compared to 363 points for Rollins.[2] It was the closest voting for NL MVP since Atlanta Braves third baseman Terry Pendleton beat out Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Barry Bonds by 15 points in 1991.[17]

Holliday made the playoffs for the first time in his career during the 2007 season, by scoring the game-winning run in the 2007 National League wild-card tie-breaker game under controversial circumstances. The Rockies entered the playoffs as a wild card team. In the first game of the National League Division Series against the Phillies in Philadelphia, Holliday hit a solo homer to left-center in the eighth inning to give the Rockies a 4–2 lead, which proved to be the final score.[18] In the second game of the series, Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and Holliday hit back-to-back first-pitch homers in the first inning.[19] Holliday also singled in Colorado second baseman Kazuo Matsui in the sixth inning to bring the score to 10–3, on the way to a 10–5 win. The Rockies won game three in Denver, 2–1, to complete a three-game sweep of the Phillies.[20] Colorado then advanced to the National League Championship Series to face the Arizona Diamondbacks. Colorado swept Arizona in four games, and Holliday was named the 2007 National League Championship Series MVP, as he hit .333 with two home runs and four RBIs during the series.[3] The NLCS sweep earned the Rockies their first-ever trip to the World Series.[21]

Despite the struggles of the Colorado Rockies in the first two games of the 2007 World Series, Holliday remained strong offensively, collecting 4 hits in game two alone.[22] However, he also committed a crucial blunder that was arguably the biggest play of that game. After his fourth hit, in the eighth inning off of Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, Holliday was immediately picked off first base by Papelbon for the third out, leaving Helton at the plate with Colorado trailing 2–1.[22] The Red Sox were able to hold on by that same score for the victory. During game three, Holliday came through in the clutch in the bottom of the seventh inning with a three-run home run.[23] Rather aptly, the home run came just as Fox Sports commentators Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were describing Holliday as a possible MVP candidate during the regular season.

2008[edit]

On January 18, 2008, Holliday signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Rockies, covering his final two years of arbitration.[24]

On May 25, 2008, the Rockies placed Holliday on the 15-day disabled list, due to a strained left hamstring that he suffered in a 9–2 home loss against the New York Mets the previous day.[25] Colorado activated him off the disabled list on June 10, 2008.[26]

On July 6, 2008, Holliday was named an All-Star reserve for the third consecutive year.[27][28] However, due to an injury to Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano, who was voted in by fans as a starter, Holliday replaced Soriano as one of the starters in the outfield.[29] During the All-Star Game, he played in right field and hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning, which was the first run of the game.[30]

Holliday played in fewer games (139) in 2008 than in his previous two seasons (partly due to spending time on the disabled list). Consequently, his numbers also dropped off, as he finished the season batting .321 with 173 hits, 25 home runs, 88 RBIs, 107 runs, and 290 total bases. He did, however, end up winning his third consecutive Silver Slugger Award[31] and had career highs in stolen bases (28) and on-base percentage (.409). His 28 stolen bases were the third-most among all MLB left fielders.[32] His .409 on-base percentage was the second-highest for MLB left fielders.[33]

Defensively, Holliday was first in zone rating (.900), fourth in fielding percentage (.991), fifth in total chances (252) and fifth in putouts (240) among all MLB left fielders. His total chances and putouts came in about 100 fewer innings than those players ahead of him.[34]

On November 12, 2008, Holliday was traded to the Oakland Athletics for pitchers Huston Street and Greg Smith, and outfielder Carlos González.[35] He began working with Mark McGwire as his hitting coach during the 2008–2009 offseason.[36]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

2009[edit]

After spending most of the off-season on the trading block with the Rockies, Holliday found himself back in the rumor mill during most of his Spring with the Athletics. After the Athletics failed to get off to a strong start, Holliday's name became the topic of trade rumors with several teams,[37] as it was unlikely the Athletics would have been able to re-sign him as a free agent after the 2009 season.

Holliday played in 93 games for the Oakland Athletics, where he hit .286 with 11 HR and 54 RBI. His totals were boosted in his final two weeks in Oakland with a .390 batting average, .422 On-base percentage, and a .756 slugging percentage.[38][39]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

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Rest of 2009[edit]

On July 24, 2009, Holliday was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for prospects Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen, and Shane Peterson.[40]

Upon Holliday's arrival in St. Louis he was not granted his customary number 5 jersey due to it being worn by All-Star first baseman Albert Pujols. Instead, the Cardinals gave him the number 15 (last worn by Jim Edmonds).[41]

Holliday's debut with the Cardinals included a four-hit game with an RBI and a stolen base, despite having to borrow a glove, batting gloves, bats and shoes from teammates since his equipment had not yet arrived in Philadelphia.

Holliday played in 63 games for St. Louis during 2009; hitting .353, with 13 HR and 55 RBI[39] on a team that won the National League Central and made the playoffs for the first time in three years. After Holliday's arrival in late July, the Cardinals went on a torrid streak. They went 20-6 in August and stretched their National League Central Division lead from one-half game on August 1 to ten games on September 1.[42]

Holliday and the Cardinals did not fare well in the 2009 postseason. He was 2 for 12 overall. However, he dropped a fly ball which would have tied the divisional playoff series 1–1 had he caught it. Instead, the Dodgers swept the Cardinals in the best-of-five series and the Cardinals' season was over.[42] He filed for free agency on November 5.[43]

2010[edit]

On January 21, the St. Louis Cardinals signed Holliday to a seven-year, $120 million deal. In honor of fellow Oklahoman Mickey Mantle, he switched his number from 15 to 7. His contract, which ran through 2016 with a player option for an eighth year, automatically vested provided he that he placed 10th or better in MVP balloting in 2016. The Cardinals could have otherwise bought out the 2017 option for $5 million if they did not pick it up. The contract also featured a full no-trade clause.[44][45] Further, $2 million was deferred without interest. Incentive awards included $50,000 each time for making the All-Star team, winning a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger award. If he was named the regular season Most Valuable Player, it was worth a $200,000 bonus while he still could have earned $100,000 for second place, or $50,000 for third. Further, a $50,000 bonus was available for being named a Division Series MVP, $100,000 for LCS MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP. He also provided his own suite on the road.[46] When he appeared nine days later at the St. Louis Cardinals' annual Winter Warm Up, he was bestowed with a new nickname – "The Stillwater Stinger".[47]

On July 4, Holliday was selected to the 2010 All-Star Game as a reserve player, his fourth All-Star Game. He also participated in the 2010 Home Run Derby.[48]

2011[edit]

Holliday during the 2011 Home Run Derby

On April 1, after hitting a home run the day before on Opening Day, Holliday had an emergency appendectomy.[49] He was expected to miss 4–6 weeks, but returned only 9 days after the procedure was performed.[50] In 2011, Holliday made his fifth appearance in the MLB All-Star Game and also participated in the Home Run Derby for the second straight season.[51]

2012[edit]

On July 20, 2012, Holliday hit the longest home run ever recorded at the current Busch Stadium. The ball traveled 469 feet, flying past the 'Big Mac Land' sign into the second deck in left field. It was the fifth-longest in the majors that year. He finished the season with a .295 batting average with 27 home runs and 102 RBIs.[52]

He got his 1,500th career hit on August 30.

2013[edit]

Despite a rough start to the 2013 season, Holliday caught fire after the All-Star Break and finished with 22 home runs, 94 RBI, and an even .300 batting average. Holliday also contributed a stellar offensive performance during the postseason. In the World Series against the Boston Red Sox, he collected six hits in 24 AB with one double, one triple and two home runs for a .625 SLG. However, the Red Sox claimed the title in six games.

2014[edit]

Through June in the 2014 season, Holliday experienced a decrease in power numbers, but still was among the Cardinals' RBI leaders. However, another part of his game radically improved. Advanced defense metrics show he had been receiving some of the highest ratings on defense in his time with St. Louis, due in part to increased aggressiveness. In turn, because he was "feeling good," that enabled him to be more aggressive.[53] He drove in the 1,000th run of his career on June 17 at Busch Stadium against the Washington Nationals, scoring Jon Jay from second base on a single. Receiving a standing ovation from the crowd, he responded with a tip of his helmet. He was the 277th player in MLB history to reach this milestone.[54]

On June 22, manager Mike Matheny started placing Holliday in the second position in the batting order for the first time since 2010. Although his slugging percentage was a career-worst .388, his .376 OBP tied leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter for highest on the team.[55] Capping a comeback from a six-run deficit on July 11 against the Milwaukee Brewers, Holliday hit the game-winning HR off Francisco Rodríguez in the ninth inning for a 7–6 Cardinals win.[56] Eight days later against the Dodgers, he hit his 400th career double and scored his 1,000th run against Dan Haren. The milestone run scored came on a 435-foot home run.[57]

Personal[edit]

Holliday and his wife, Leslee, have three sons, Jackson (b. December 4, 2003), Ethan (b. February 23, 2007), and Reed (b. July 24, 2013) and a daughter, Gracyn (b. November 7, 2009).[58] He is the son of former Oklahoma State University (and current NC State associate head coach) Tom Holliday and the nephew of former Rockies scout Dave Holliday. Holliday's brother, Josh, is currently the head baseball coach at Oklahoma State University, having previously been an assistant at Vanderbilt University, Arizona State, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State.[59] Holliday's brother also pitched to him during the 2007 Home Run Derby at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Holiday is a Christian. Holiday is part of a Bible study group with fellow Christian teammates. Holliday 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."[60]

Holliday currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri. His father tom coaches baseball at north Carolina university

Achievements[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Awards
Preceded by
Rocco Baldelli
Jody Gerut
Scott Podsednik
Topps All-Star Rookie Outfielder
2004
Succeeded by
Jeff Francoeur
Jonny Gomes
Willy Taveras
Preceded by
Mark Teixeira
National League Player of the Month
September, 2007
Succeeded by
Chase Utley