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Bio

DOB: 1/15/1980 (35)
Place Of Birth: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Teams: Rockies, Blue Jays, A's, Cardinals

Matt was born in the town of Stillwater, Oklahoma. He was raised on baseball for most of his life. His grandfather was drafted by the Yankees and that is when the American Pastime became the Holliday Pastime. Matt played ball throughout his child hood but in High school, at 6'4" and 215 lbs, was a highly touted high school quarterback, top three in the country to be exact. He was so highly touted, that when he crossed paths with Troy Aikman, Troy encouraged matt to go the football route. However, Baseball was the sport that called to Holliday the most. He was drafted in the seventh round by the Colorado Rockies in 1998. From there, he went on to play in the Colorado Organization for 10 Years, in Oakland for 1, in Toronto 1, and in St. Louis for 7.

As A Player

Position: Left Field
Bats: R Throws: R
Lifetime Line: .307/.386/.519

As a player, Matt Holliday excels at many facets of the game. He is an excellent contact hitter. His On-Base skill is tops on the team and his life time .386 is a number that mostly cannot be matched by other 10+ year veterans . He hits the ball harder than many other players in the league, regularly topping 100 MPH when the ball jumps off of his bat. This thump leads to more Gap to Gap power than Over The Fence power. However, the high average/OBP nature of Holliday's game makes up for this lack of home run power. He regularly leads the team in RBIs due to how often he hits in the 3-hole in the lineup. If there is one weakness in Holliday's game, it is his glove. His lack of speed contributes mostly to this. He will make the routine play but will hardly flash the leather. His range is suspect but his arm average to slightly above due to his muscular and big build.