By: Ryan miller
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
On Thursday morning, the Colorado Rockies announced that they have selected the contract of Matt Holliday from the Albuquerque Isotopes. Holliday batted fifth and started in left field in yesterday’s game against the San Diego Padres. In late July, the Rockies signed Holliday to a minor league contract and he was assigned to Triple-A. In the minors, Holliday hit .345 with three home runs and fifteen runs batted in. The Rockies, who have moved players around on the bench this season, decided to call Holliday up to provide an extra bat and solid defense. Holliday was drafted by the Rockies in the seventh round of the 1998 draft and spent ten years with the organization before signing with the Oakland Athletics in 2009. After spending half of a season with the A’s, Holliday was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals to go on and play seven and a half seasons in the midwest. In the offseason of 2016, Holliday signed a major league contract with the New York Yankees and went on to hit .231 in 105 games helping the Yankees get to the postseason.
Now, Holliday is back in purple and white, and hopes to have the same success he did in the early 2000s. Matt Holliday has been an RBI machine since he broke into the league in 2004. Throughout his career, he has tallied 1,217 runs batted in ranking 145th on the all time list for RBIs. Some players under him in the rankings include Robinson Cano, a potential future hall of famer himself, Victor Martinez and Tony Gwynn. Holliday has slugged for 314 homeruns and totaled 466 doubles. Holliday has collected 2081 hits and has a career batting average of .299. Aside from stats, Matt Holliday has won many awards and has won a world series, something a lot of baseball legends can not say. In his 15 year career, Holliday has gotten four Silver Slugger awards, 2007 NLCS MVP, and also won the Batting Title in 2007. Keep in mind that these stats are still growing as his contract was selected from Triple-A on Thursday.
Matt Holliday has made a serious bid to be a Hall of Famer. Holliday was one of the best hitters in the early 2000s and had continued success in recent years. When a person thinks of Matt Holliday, do they think future Hall of Famer? This is a debate that will go on for years and years to come until his time on the ballot is here. Holliday, being one of the best hitters of a generation may still have a chance to prove people wrong and make it known that he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Time will tell on the 38 year old veteran.