MATT MATTHEW THOMAS HOLLIDAY
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   LF
Home: N/A Team:   YANKEES - DL
Height: 6' 4" Bats:   R
Weight: 235 Throws:   R
DOB: 1/15/1980 Agent: Scott Boras
Uniform #: 17  
Birth City: Stillwater, OK
Draft: Rockies #7 - 1998 - Out of high school (OK)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
1998 AZL Rockies     117 20 40 4 1 5 23 2   15 21     .342
1999 SAL ASHEVILLE     444 76 117 28 0 16 64 10   53 116     .264
2000 CAR SALEM     460 64 126 28 2 7 72 11   43 74     .274
2001 CAR SALEM   72 255 36 70 16 1 11 52 11   33 42     .275
2002 SL CAROLINA   130 463 79 128 19 2 10 64 16   67 102     .276
2003 TL TULSA   135 522 65 132 28 5 12 72 15   43 74     .253
2004 PCL COLO. SPRINGS   6 22 7 7 5 0 2 4 2   5 6     .364
2004 NL ROCKIES $300.00 121 400 65 116 31 3 14 57 3   31 86     .290
2005 NL ROCKIES $366.00 125 479 68 147 24 7 19 87 14   36 79     .307
2006 NL ROCKIES $500.00 155 602 119 196 45 5 34 114 10 5 47 110 .387 .586 .326
2007 NL ROCKIES $4,400.00 158 636 120 216 50 6 36 137 11 4 63 126 .405 .607 .340
2008 PCL COLORADO SPRINGS   3 10 4 6 1 0 1 3 0 0 1 3   1.000 .600
2008 AL ROCKIES $9,500.00 139 539 107 173 38 2 25 88 28 2 74 104 .409 .538 .321
2009 NL ATHLETICS $13,500.00 93 346 52 99 23 1 11 54 12 3 46 58 .378 .454 .286
2009 NL CARDINALS   63 235 42 83 16 2 13 55 2 4 26 43 .419 .604 .353
2010 NL CARDINALS $16,333.00 158 596 95 186 45 1 28 103 9 5 69 93 .390 .532 .312
2011 NL CARDINALS $16,318.00 124 446 83 132 36 0 22 75 2 1 60 93 .388 .525 .296
2012 NL CARDINALS $16,292.00 157 599 95 177 36 2 27 102 4 4 75 132 .379 .497 .295
2013 NL CARDINALS $16,272.00 141 520 103 156 31 1 22 94 6 1 69 86 .389 .490 .300
2014 NL CARDINALS $16,252.00 156 574 83 156 37 0 20 90 4 1 74 100 .370 .441 .272
2015 NL CARDINALS $16,228.00 73 229 24 64 16 1 4 35 2 1 39 49 .394 .410 .279
2016 AL CARDINALS $17,000.00 110 382 48 94 20 1 20 62 0 0 35 71 .322 .461 .246
2017 FSL TAMPA   1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 .200 .000 .000
2017 IL SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE   2 8 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .375 .375 .375
2017 AL YANKEES $13,000.00 88 314 41 72 15 0 16 51 1 0 40 95 .319 .430 .229
Personal
  • Holliday says that when growing up, his favorite player was Cal Ripken Jr. But, being from Oklahoma, he didn't have a favorite team.
  • In 1997, Matt was rated the second best high school quarterback in the country.
  • After his senior football season, Matt was feted at several events in his home state and crossed paths with Troy Aikman, whose high school records he had broken during his career at Stillwater. Aikman was very encouraging about Matt's football prospects. He told reporters that Holliday reminded him of Elway and Marino.
  • He is the son of former Oklahoma State/University of Texas baseball coach Tom Holliday. In 2006, Tom became associate head coach at North Carolina State. Tom had played in the Pirates' organization.

  • Matt hit .473-12-43 with 20 stolen bases his senior year of high school. But he passed up the chance of playing football and baseball for Oklahoma State. Instead he signed July 20, 1998 with the Rockies for a bonus of $844,000. 
  • Matt's father, Tom, played baseball at the University of Miami, about 40 minutes from Dolphins Stadium. Tom Holliday was on Miami's first College World Series team, finishing second in 1974.

    His brother, Josh, was a first baseman in the Blue Jays' organization. Now, he is the hitting coach at Georgia Tech. Uncle Dave is a scout for the Rockies.

    And, Matt's grandfather once signed with the Yankees. World War II ended Don Holliday's baseball career before it began, though he played in the service, catching for future Hall of Famer Whitey Ford.

  • In September 2001, Holliday signed a six-year contract to continue playing baseball only, which was worth a minimum of $700,000. So he again passed up an option to play two years of college football before going into the NFL draft.
  • Matt provides leadership. And he is a good teammate. He is a better person than he is a ballplayer.

    For Holliday, the effects of growing up in Stillwater run deep. From a young age, he was surrounded by big-time athletes. Several times a year, Tom Holliday would have a cookout with the Cowboys' baseball team—guests included Robin Ventura, Jeromy Burnitz, and other future big leaguers. And Matt and his brother learned from those players.

    However, not everything Matt learned from the older guys was positive. Tom used the negative experiences to teach his sons that if they screwed up, they'd get in trouble.

    "I think it helped shape him," Tom says. "Matt was one of those kids who had his eyes open and his mouth shut. He'd see everything, and he'd say nothing."

  • November 2003: Holliday was a surprise last-minute addition to Team USA after tearing up the Arizona Fall League. The team competed in a qualifying tournament in Panama, but lost to Mexico.
  • In the Arizona Fall League, Matt was a regular in the stadium's gym, then would return to his Mesa-area apartment and continue his muscle-enhancing exercises without weights or machines. His teammates said Holliday would use filled suitcases to do shoulder shrugs and bicep curls.

    Then, during January, Matt would work out near his his home in Austin, Texas—often with then-Braves minor leaguers Kelly Johnson and Ryan Langerhans. When they were finished, the Rockies left fielder would opt to continue doing drills with his Dad's players.

    "It was January and he was going all out, basically doing full spring training workouts," Johnson said.

  • The Arizona Fall League announced that it will induct Matt into its Hall of Fame during a ceremony in November. Joining Holliday in the 2014 induction class is Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford.

    With the addition of the two All-Star outfielders, the AFL Hall of Fame will grow to include 36 members. It opened in 2001 to recognize former AFL players and managers who have gone on to have standout Major League careers. Roland Hemond, a longtime Major league executive, serves as chairman of the selection committee.

  • Holliday was rated the ninth-best prospect in the Rockies' organization by Baseball America during the off-season before 2004 spring training.
  • During 2004 spring training, Matt hit .321 with eight RBIs in 23 games and was the last position player sent out to Triple-A. But after he hit .364 with two home runs, five doubles, and four RBIs in his first six Triple-A games with the Colorado Springs SkySox, the Rockies called Holliday up for his Major League debut on April 16.
  • In 2005, Holliday checked into spring training with the Rockies about 15 pounds lighter. He said it wasn't by design. "I didn't try to lose weight, but I ate healthy and ran a little more than I had in the past," Matt said.
  • Matt and his wife, Leslee, have three children—two sons, Jackson, who was born on December 4, 2004 and Ethan.

    Matt is a good father. He has great character and is an excellent teammate. He is even-tempered. he prefers to spend time with his wife and family.

  • Asked who the most influential person in his life is, Holliday said, "My faith in Jesus is the most influential part of my life. Of people in this world, probably my Mom and Dad. They did a great job of raising my brother and me, and teaching us right and wrong, and allowing me to be a good parent and being able to set a good example."

  • His favorite dessert? "Im a big peanut butter fan," Matt said. "The peanut butter pie at Sullivan's Steakhouse is pretty unbelieveable."Matt does some good impersonations.And his musical tastes? "I like country music, but I'm not very particular. I usually like whatever's popular. I like Scott Stapp, the guy from Creed, and his solo album, The Great Divide," Matt said. It is Christian music, which he and wife Leslee enjoy.
  • Matt's teammates call him "Big Daddy." Clint Hurdle gave him the nickname and it stuck.

  • Asked what he would be doing if he weren't playing baseball, Matt said, "I'd be coaching—probably baseball. Or, playing football. Whether I would have made it in football, we'll never know."
  • Holliday is a good cook. He likes to grill. He does a good job with a steak he marinates in a blue cheese sauce.
  • For movies, Holliday likes anything Will Ferrel or Vince Vaughn do. He also liked the movie: Old School.

    Jason Bateman is his favorite actor.Matt likes steak, country music and drives a G55 Mercedes Benz wagon. His spare time is spent with his family.

    Todd Helton told Holliday, "I need to get a hobby. I really don't have one."

  • During the offseason after the 2007 campaign, Matt refined his diet, eschewing fried foods and sugar-based beverages. His mom was health conscious, so he grew up with an idea of how to eat properly. His wife, Leslee, now makes most of his meals. Good food and regular workouts leave him in remarkable shape.

    By 2009, Holliday was a real fitness and nutrition nut—traits passed down from his mother. She worked as a trainer and was the family "food cop," as his Dad, Tom Holliday, puts it.

  • Holliday spends a lot of time on a stationary bike. With music blasting in his ears, he is lost to the world, pedaling away and logging so many miles that some of his new teammates like to call him Lance Armstrong.

    "It's therapeutic for me," Matt says of his riding routine.

  • Holliday is a fierce competitor and very driven.

    "I have a drive to be the best I can possibly be and to be one of the best players, if not the best player, in the league," Matt said. "Whether I get there or not is not necessarily the point. I want to exhaust every opportunity I have to do that. If I get there, great. If not, I can deal with that."

  • In October 2012, Holliday had a rough month. While playing in the post-season with the Cardinals, his mother underwent colon cancer surgery. Then his back was so sore that he finally had to ask out of the lineup in Game Six of the NLCS.
  • Matt says that his favorite ballpark to hit in is Fenway Park, because of the background. He says he sees the ball well and that it seems like the ball is lighter (they don't seem to rub as much mud on the ball as they do in other parks).
  • Walk-Up Music: Holliday has the same music Big Show uses as he enters the ring.

  • He made his Major League debut in 2004, and he has since won four Silver Slugger Awards and been named to six All-Star teams.

    Holliday drove in the 1,000th run of his 11-year career earlier this season, and he recently became the 18th active player to tally 400 doubles and 1,000 runs scored. Entering the season, Holliday led all big league left fielders in hits, runs, doubles, and RBIs. He has hit .300 or higher in eight different seasons, and he has at least 25 doubles every year but one.  (Langosch - mlb.com - 7/20/14)

  • Holliday was selected to start in the 2015 All-Star Game.

  • March 18, 2016: Adam LaRoche's decision to walk away from the final year of his contract after White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams asked him to reduce his son's presence in the clubhouse has caused a stir in the Chicago clubhouse, and it prompted discussion elsewhere about when it is appropriate to mix family and the baseball workplace.

    The Cardinals, like most teams, have long welcomed children in their clubhouse, as long as the privilege isn't abused and the time is appropriate. In Spring Training, when the days are more laid back, families linger outside the clubhouse on most afternoons. Children periodically trail their fathers inside the clubhouse doors, though often they don't stay inside for long.

    During the regular season, players' kids can be spotted out on the field before and during batting practice, and then sometimes in the clubhouse postgame. For players who spend so many days on the road during the season, having the added family time is appreciated.

    "I know that [manager] Mike [Matheny] is very family-friendly, and [general manager John Mozeliak] and [owner] Mr. [Bill] Dewitt [Jr.] have created an environment that is very welcoming to the families and the kids," said Matt Holliday. "As a man with four kids, and two older boys who absolutely love to be around here, and would be here more if they could, I think it's on me to make sure that they are respectful. It's my job to make sure that nobody else has to alter their conversation or change how they behave based on having kids in here. That's how I look at it as far as having kids in here."

    Holliday's two oldest sons, 9-year-old Ethan and 12-year-old Jackson, are among the most frequent young visitors in the Cardinals' clubhouse. Their presence has never caused an issue.

    "Mike and his staff welcome children and, as a group, we believe this is a healthy approach," Mozeliak said. "Balance is a great word, and we respect how difficult the travel demands are on players and their families. We encourage players to take advantage of this and, for the most part, we have the players monitor this. Our expectation for the clubhouse is awareness, and there are times when we need the clubhouse closed." (J Langosch - MLB.com - March 19, 2016)

  • When the Rockies selected Matt in the 1998 Draft, he was listed as a third baseman. In fact, Holliday played only at the hot corner over his first three seasons in the Colorado farm system.

    It wasn't until 2001 that Holliday shifted to the outfield, but it's fair to say the transition stuck. From his big league debut for the Rockies in '04 through the end of 2015 with the Cardinals, the seven-time All-Star did not spend a single inning at a spot other than left field, a stretch that spanned 1,614 games. However, that changed on April 3, 2016, when Holliday stepped in as St. Louis' Opening Day first baseman against Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano at PNC Park. (Holliday's debut was short-lived, as he moved to left field in the second inning when Tommy Pham had to leave the game with an injury.)

    Nonetheless, Holliday lost his status as the active non-catcher with the most career games at one -- and only one -- spot in the field. The all-time leader is Derek Jeter (naturally), who played 2,674 games at shortstop.  (Simon - MLB.com - 4/3/16)

  • Sept 30, 2016: Having informed Matt Holliday earlier this week that the Cardinals' organization is unlikely to exercise his $17 million option for 2017, general manager John Mozeliak announced that the Cardinals would activate Holliday from the disabled list in order to give the veteran outfielder an opportunity to salute the fans with one final appearance.

    How they would script a sendoff amid a Wild Card race was unknown, but when manager Mike Matheny found the right moment, Holliday penned a storybook ending. A visibly emotional Holliday stepped to the plate amid a rousing ovation, and on reliever Zach Phillips' third pitch, blasted his 20th homer, an opposite-field shot into the Cardinals' bullpen for the first pinch homer of his career. It supplied another run in an eventual 7-0 win over the Pirates, but it was also a fitting cap to Holliday's Cardinals career if that, indeed, marked the end.

    "Still have chills," manager Mike Matheny said afterward. "These guys understand what an important role he plays in this organization and what a great job he's done for each of them individually. That's how it should be. Then the fans took over from there and all the way through. I know it meant a great deal to him and probably more than what words can describe."

    After rounding the bases, Holliday was met at the plate by close friend Matt Carpenter, who gave him a hug. Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright, who, along with Holliday and Carpenter, make up the team's leadership core, emerged from the dugout to greet Holliday with an emotional embrace.

    "Yeah, there's something magical about that," Wainwright said. "You can't make that stuff up. That homer right there, everybody in the dugout was saying, 'Man, it would be so cool if he hits a homer right here.' And he did it on an 0-2 pitch." After running through the team's home run receiving line and getting Carlos Martinez's customary splash of water in his face, Holliday acknowledged the fans once more with a tip of the helmet.• Holliday homers in perhaps last Cardinals at-bat

    "It's hard to find the right words, I guess," Brandon Moss said of the moment. "It moves you a little bit because it's almost like he deserved that. You know what I mean? It isn't just, 'I hope he hits a home run here.' He deserves it. I just couldn't be happier for him."

    "To see that kind of reception here in this baseball town, to see those numbers posted on the scoreboard -- they're real; he's earned them -- and then to go up there and hit a ball out to right-center field, I've seen him do it before," added Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "It's fantastic. It's another one of those stories you can't make up beforehand." (J Langosch - MLB.com - Oct 1, 2016)

  • March 11, 2017: On a Yankees roster littered with twenty-somethings, Matt Holliday is the exception to the rule. He's fine with that.

    "It's been great. The guys have been great," said Holliday. "Got a chance to get to know some of the guys, go out and play some ball, and the team looks really good."

    It's clearly a great first impression for the oldest Yankee on the roster. Holliday turned 37 in January, which puts him seven months ahead of left-hander CC Sabathia for seniority. But to put his age into the proper perspective, Holliday was 12 years old when teammates Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird were born -- back in the early nineties .For Holliday, leading his younger Yankees teammates is a work in progress.

    "I think there's plenty of leadership in place. I just try to come in and do my part and get to know the guys," said Holliday. "Leadership is best had when you build relationships with guys. I've really tried to take these first few weeks and get to know some guys and really kind of build relationships. If some sort of leadership is necessary, guys are much more willing to listen and interact when they know you."

    Aaron Judge has a locker next to Holliday's, and the 24-year-old outfielder has become a sponge. Holliday pushes Judge during batting practice, where the young Yankee appreciates the veteran's approach.

    "It's been great. That's the great thing about Matty, about any great leader, is that they get to know their teammates and who they're with," said Judge. "He's out there challenging us young guys to compete and play harder every day, so it's been great so far." (M Nabors - MLB.com - March 11, 2017)

  • April 8, 2017: Matt Holliday became the seventh active Major Leaguer with 2,000 hits, reaching the plateau with a first-inning single to right field off the Orioles' Kevin Gausman in the Yankees' 5-4 loss.

    "It means that I've been able to play for a long time and get some hits," Holliday said. "It's a pretty good milestone. It'll be something I'll be pretty proud of." (B Hoch - MLB.com - April 8, 2017)

  • When the Yankees signed Matt to a one-year, $13 million contract in December 2016, they knew they were getting a slugger.  They knew they were getting a prototype right-handed hitter perfectly suited to the role of designated hitter. They just didn't realize what kind of presence Holliday would have in the clubhouse.

    "I thought we knew we'd get that presence. I'm not sure we all knew how good he was at it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's really good at it, so I think it's an added bonus when you get someone of that stature and that character in that clubhouse. And he's been really helpful."

    Girardi isn't the only one to notice it. Holliday's impact has gone as far up the front-office ladder as Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner and team president Randy Levine.

    "I take a lot of pride in that," Holliday said. "I've had a chance to be around a lot of different players and a lot of different scenarios, guys with 14, 15 years in the Major Leagues. I think I've learned a lot. I enjoy being around young players and just building a relationship with them where it's not me necessarily giving them a bunch of advice.

    "It's just, 'Hey, try this,' or, 'This is what I did.' We have great young guys who are really good people, which makes it easy.  One of the coolest things to go from a younger player to a more veteran-type player is that you get to share what you've experienced," Holliday said. "Especially when you get guys who are receptive to it. You see the fruits of helping, and that's pretty cool."  (Bloom - mlb.com - 6/26/17)

    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 1998: The Rockies chose Holliday in the 7th round, out of Stillwater High School in Oklahoma. He was signed by Rockies' scout Pat Daugherty.
  • January 16, 2007: Holliday avoided salary arbitration with the Rockies by signing a $4.4 million contract for 2007.
  • January 18, 2008: Matt and the Rockies again avoided salary arbitration when they agreed to a $23 million, two-year contract that called for $9.5 million for 2008, and $13.5 million in 2009.
  • November 12, 2008: The A's sent closer Huston Street, lefthanded starter Greg Smith, and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to the Rockies; acquiring Holliday.
  • July 24, 2009: The Cardinals sent 3B Brett Wallace, RHP Clayton Mortensen, and Double-A outfielder Shane Peterson to the Rockies; acquiring Holliday.
  • November 9, 2009: Holliday became a free agent. In December, Matt passed up a five-year, $82.5 million offer from the Red Sox, who then signed pitcher John Lackey.
  • January 5, 2010: Matt signed a seven-year, $120 million contract with the Cardinals.

    After the 2016 season, the Cardinals did not pick up the option for Matt for the 2017 season.

  • December 7, 2016: Holliday signed a one-year, $13 million contract that should put him in the heart of the Yankee lineup. Matt can DH, play first base and play a corner outfield spot.

Batting
  • The ball jumps off his bat.

  • He swings very hard and he keeps his hands in the hitting zone for a long time. That first attribute allows Matt to hit the ball hard; the second allows him to hit the ball very frequently.

  • Matt can hit the ball the other way. He has good plate coverage and a solid knowledge of the strike zone. He attacks the ball in his hitting zone, displaying good pitch recognition. Holliday keeps his hands back and drives both sliders and curveballs. He picks up a pitcher's weaknesses from at-bat to at-bat.

  • His first year in the Majors, the Rockies watched Holliday put on marvelous batting practice shows but not always transfer that into games. Now, Holliday's batting practice is geared toward hitting the ball where it's pitched and making contact. If he is seeing pitches well and hitting them hard, the power shows naturally.

  • Matt has trouble hitting crafty lefthanded pitchers who mix their pitches up well. He can turn on a high fastball, but has trouble extending his arm on down and in heat.

    "The kid has a desire to learn," Clint Hurdle said in 2004. "His quest for knowledge, I'm impressed with that and his ability to piece things together, whether it be video or training sessions or in the cage or during an at-bat during the game. To be able to utilize all the tools around him is a plus. He asks questions now, which he was hesitant to do when he first came up. He's getting a lot of support and help from his teammates, which has given him a good comfort zone."  (Thomas Harding-MLB.com-9/7/04)

  • In 2005, Holliday really came on. His 64 RBIs after the All-Star break ranked second in the National League only to Philadelphia's Chase Utley (65). Holliday also finished seventh in the NL with a .307 average.

  • Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said, "Matt works very hard on his offense. He watches a lot of film on pitching. He looks for tendencies. He doesn't have an ego, where he's going to get one thing done one way. He'll hit the ball to right field, he hits the ball to left field. He's become a very good breaking-ball hitter." (September 2007)

  • Holliday is a complete hitter: And here are five ways he is:

    * He keeps the barrel of the bat in the strike zone longer than most hitters, allowing him to hit balls hard to the opposite field.

    * He is arguably the Majors' best breaking-ball hitter, and is not afraid to smash the pitch early in the count.

    * He keeps his hands back despite a big leg kick so even when fooled, he can get base hits.

    * He has closed an inside hole in his swing so pitchers who dare throw inside consistently get hurt.

    * He has outstanding plate coverage, which allows him to foul off pitches until the pitcher makes a mistake.  (Troy Renck-Denver Post-April 2008)

  • In 2007, led the league in average (.340), RBIs (137), doubles (50), total bases (386), and was fourth in home runs (36).

  • Matt doesn't think when he is at the plate. "The best results as a hitter are when you're free and easy and thinking about getting a good pitch and ripping it up the middle," Holliday said. (June 2009)

  • June 16, 2014: Holliday's single through the middle in the fifth inning against the Mets drove in Jon Jay from second base, the 1,000th RBI of his 11-year career.

    July 18, 2014: Holliday is the 18th active player with at least 400 doubles and 1,000 runs scored, joining Albert Pujols and Carlos Beltran on that list.

    Sept. 23, 2014: Mattsecured his ninth straight 20-home run season with a game-tying, two-run shot into the left-center bleachers against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

  • May 27, 2015: Holliday became the first National League player in history to reach base in his first 43 games of a season.

  • June 2, 2015:  Matt's National League-record streak of games reached base to start a season ended in dramatic fashion at Busch Stadium during the Cardinals' 1-0 winover Milwaukee. The St. Louis left fielder earned a seventh-inning ejection by offering feedback to home-plate umpire Joe West while walking back to the dugout after West called strike three on Holliday with a runner on base and the Cardinals clinging to a one-run lead.

    "I have a clean conscience on what I said," Holliday said. "None of it was vulgar. As a player, you have a right to voice your displeasure, especially in that situation. We're trying to score more runs, and I feel like you get the bat taken out of your hands. That's how I saw it." (Cobb - mlb.com)

  • Signing with the Yankees for 2017:  The Yankees noted that, among batters who had least 100 batted balls in play in 2016, Holliday ranked third in the Majors with an average exit velocity of 94.7 mph, trailing only Nelson Cruz (95.9) and Giancarlo Stanton (95.1) according to Statcast™.

    "I think if I combine the exit velocity with maybe a little more lift on the ball, I think my numbers could really get back to what they have been my whole career," Holliday said. "I think it's a good sign that the exit velocity was really high.

    "My strengths of driving the ball to the right-center-field gap line up pretty well," Holliday said. "I think I have at times some mishits in the air to right field that could potentially be rewarded with a shorter porch in right field."

  • April 8, 2017: Holliday became the seventh active Major Leaguer with 2,000 hits.

  • "It means that I've been able to play for a long time and get some hits," Holliday said before Saturday's game. "It's a pretty good milestone. It'll be something I'll be pretty proud of."

    The other current Major Leaguers with 2,000 or more career hits were Ichiro Suzuki (3,030), Adrian Beltre (2,942), Albert Pujols (2,826), Carlos Beltran (2,622), Miguel Cabrera (2,519) and Robinson Cano (2,214). Holliday is the 20th player to reach the 2,000-hit milestone as a Yankee. The previous player to do it was Alfonso Soriano, during his second stint with the club in 2013. (Bryan Hoch -MLB.com)

  • May 3, 2017:   Matt has a room at home that's under construction, where he's going to store the mementos from the milestones he keeps reaching with the Yankees.  Holliday launched the 300th homer of his Major League career in the first inning of Wednesday's 8-6 win at Yankee Stadium, a three-run shot off the Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman onto the netting above Monument Park in center field.  

    "It's a cool mark," the designated hitter said after the game. "Three-hundred home runs -- if you told me as a kid I'd get 300 Major League home runs, I'd be pretty thrilled."  

    Holliday is the 93rd player to notch both 300 homers and 2,000 hits, joining Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Beltran and Adrian Beltre as the active players who have done so.  "It's something that a lot of people have been involved with," Holliday said of his latest benchmark. "I've had a lot of great coaching and support and teammates. You think about all the people who have been part of your baseball career, and it's pretty cool."  (Adler - mlb.com)

  • At the end of the 2016 season, Holliday's career batting average was .303 with 295 home runs and 1,153 RBI in 6,583 at-bats in the Major Leagues.

    Matt is the only major leaguer to record at least 20 HR, 30 Doubles and 75 RBI's each season from 2006 to 2014
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Fielding

  • Matt used to play a little third base and first base.

    During 2000 spring training, then-Rockies manager Buddy Bell twice worked with Matt on his play at the hot corner. "It's kind of overwhelming when you go home and call your parents and say Buddy Bell worked with me individually," Holliday said. "It was great instruction."

    But, in 2001, Holliday moved from third base to the outfield. He had a few problems at third base with quickness and lateral movement. He lacks quick reactions and his hands needed to be softer.

  • He has an above average arm in left field.

  • During 2007 spring training, veteran center fielder Steve Finley helped Matt on balls hit into the left-center gap, working with Holliday on a spin move and a sidearm throw to get the ball to the cutoff man as soon as possible.

    "I work hard at it, and I take pride in it," Holliday said of his defense. "I just try to do the best I can out there and get good reads. I feel like I'm getting better."  (Jack Etkin-Rocky Mountain News-3/19/07)
  • He has become one of the best left fielders in the Major Leagues.
  • Holliday talks a lot while playing the outfield—mostly talking to the center fielder. He wants to know where every pitch is, and when a pitch is called a ball that he thinks is a strike, he hollers to the center fielder for an explanation.

    "Center fielders probably get annoyed," Matt said. "But it's important to me."
Running

  • Matt has only average speed, but he can steal an occasional base.
  • In 2005, Holliday led the Rockies in stolen bases, with 12.
Career Injury Report
  • Otober 2000: Holliday had surgery on his left foot.
  • June 27, 2001: Matt went on the D.L. with an elbow problem that required Tommy John reconstructive ligament transfer surgery.
  • September 12, 2004: Holliday suffered a slight sprain of his left (non-throwing) ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow while diving to field a line drive during a Rockies game against the Padres. His glove stuck in the gorund, wrenching his arm back.
  • October 12, 2004: Matt underwent surgery to reliever a minor nerve problem in his right foot.
  • June 9-July 19, 2005: Holliday was on the D.L. with a fractured right pinkie finger. He was inured while diving for a ball in left field.
  • September 18, 2007: For the last two weeks of the season, Matt played through a strained left oblique muscle as the Rockies stayed in contention for the National League Wild Card. He described the pain as "not excruciating," and that it didn't hurt to stand and talk about it.
  • May 25-June 10, 2008: Holliday was on the D.L.
  • April 1, 2011: Matt underwent an appendectomy. He had complained of stomach discomfort the night before.
  • May 22-June 16, 2011: Holliday had to leave a game with a recurrence of tightness in his left quadriceps muscle. He finally went on the D.L. about a week later.
  • September 14, 2011: Matt was sidelined  with an inflamed tendon in his right middle finger, which he suffered while taking swings in the on-deck circle in the ninth inning the night before.
  • July 12-27, 2013: Holliday was on the D.L. with a right hamstring injury. He strained it while running out a ground ball on July 11.
  • June 9-July 17, 2015: Matt suffered a right quadriceps strain while charging for Carlos Gonzalez fly ball. Holliday tripped and fell forward on his right knee. He grabbed his knee while on the ground. After a few minutes, he stood and walked off the field.  He went on the 15-day disabled list.

    July 30-Sept. 15, 2015: Holliday was on the D.L. again with a right quadriceps strain.

  • August 12, 2016:  X-rays confirmed that Matt suffered a fracture in his right thumb.  Holliday was hit by a 94 mph pitch from Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery on his right hand. Holliday was unable to move his right thumb.

    August 17-Sept 30, 2016: Holliday had surgery on his thumb.

  • June 28-July 14, 2017: Matt was on the DL with viral infection.

  • Aug 5, 2017: Matt was on the DL with left lumbar strain.