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Matt Holliday

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Matt Holliday
Major League Baseball

Vital Statistics:

Born: January 15, 1980

Hometown: Stillwater, Oklahoma

Height: 6-4

Weight: 235

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Family: Wife, Leslee; sons Jackson and Ethan

Primary position: Left field

Before The Bigs:

  • Was recruited as a quarterback to Oklahoma State, but was drafted in the seventh round (210th overall) out of high school in 1998 and chose to sign a contract with the Rockies.
  • Hit 16 home runs in his first full pro season at Single-A Asheville in 1999, and advanced to Double-A in 2002 and made his major-league debut in 2004.
  • Son of former Oklahoma State baseball coach Tom Holliday.

Career Highlights:

  • Finished fifth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2004, hitting .290 with 14 home runs for the Rockies in 121 games.
  • Statistics improved to .307 with 19 home runs in 2005.
  • Made his first all-star team in 2006, when he broke through with a .326 average, 34 home runs and 114 RBIs.
  • Had eight RBIs in a single game against San Diego on Sept. 20, 2005, a 20-1 Rockies victory. He went 4 for 5 with two home runs.
  • Scored the winning run in a one-game playoff for the NL wild card against the Padres in the bottom of the 13th inning.
  • Finished second in the MVP balloting in 2007, hitting .340 with 50 doubles, 36 homers and a league-best 137 RBI, leading the Rockies to their first NL pennant.
  • Signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Rockies in 2008. Traded to the Oakland A's on Nov. 12, 2008 for pitchers Huston Street and Greg Smith and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
  • Traded from the A's to the St. Louis Cardinals on July 24,2009 for three prospects.
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