|Birth Day:||January 15, 1980|
|Birth Place:||Stillwater, United States|
|Height:||in centimeters - N/A|
|Weight:||in kg - N/A|
Matt Holliday Salary
What is Matt Holliday's salary? $17 million per year as part of a 7 year $120 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
He was recruited to play quarterback at Oklahoma State after a stellar high school football career at Stillwater High School, but instead chose to pursue a career with the Rockies.
Following the season, Holliday placed second in the MVP voting with 336 points to Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins with 363, in what was the closest result for the NL MVP since Atlanta Braves third baseman Terry Pendleton edged Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Barry Bonds by 15 points in 1991. Holliday was selected as the Rockies' Player of the Year for the second time and The Sporting News named him to their All-Star team. On December 14, Stillwater High School retired Holliday's high school jersey number 24. Businesses in Stillwater were asked to honor him that day by posting a "Welcome Home Matt Holliday" message on a marquee or window. The city council voted to change the name of the baseball field from Babcock Park to Matt Holliday Field and name the day "Matt Holliday, Stillwater's Major League Baseball Hero Day." Then-Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry also declared the day "Matt Holliday Day" throughout the state.
However, his high school football career ended with a 63–0 loss to Jenks in the state semifinal contest. His career passing totals included 6,211 yards and 68 TD. His 35 TD passes as a junior set a then-11 man state record. Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson reportedly once forecasted to Tom Holliday that his son "couldn't miss" as an NFL prospect. He was also rated the third-best quarterback prospect in the nation after graduating from Stillwater in 1998.
Holliday played for Salem in 2000 and 2001. For the 2000 season, he totaled 510 plate appearances, successfully collected 126 hits, 28 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, drove in 72 runs, and batted .274 with a .335 OBP and .389 OBP. He spent 112 at third base, was charged with 32 errors in 300 total chances for a fielding percentage of .893, and turned 13 double plays. In 2001, the Rockies moved Holliday to the outfield. He was named the Carolina League Player of the Month for June, batting .324 with seven multi-hit games, three 2B, seven HR, and 22 RBI. He played 72 games on the season after undergoing elbow surgery in July ended his season.
Matt Holliday and his wife, Leslee, married on December 30, 2000. They met on a blind date in 1999 in Stillwater during the baseball offseason when Matt had returned home from his first professional season following his selection by the Rockies in the MLB draft and Leslee was an undergraduate at OSU−Stillwater. Matt's best friend was dating a friend of Leslee's, and they wanted to do a double date, so her friend asked if she would go with Matt. The Hollidays currently reside in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Jupiter, Florida, and have four children. They have three sons, Jackson (born December 4, 2003), Ethan (b. February 23, 2007), and Reed (b. July 24, 2013) and a daughter, Gracyn (b. November 7, 2009). They formerly resided in Austin, Texas, during the offseason until December 2010, following his signing of the contract with the Cardinals in January 2010. During the offseason, Holliday and his family have also lived in Stillwater, where he also has worked with his brother, Josh, on his swing. In the 2014−15 offseason, Holliday and his family moved to South Florida, allowing him to stay in optimal shape year-round, and his sons to continue to play sports in winter months.
The Rockies promoted Holliday to the Carolina Mudcats of the AA Southern League (SL) in 2002, where he was named a mid-season All-Star. He was named the league's Hitter of the Week on June 27, after collecting nine hits in 24 AB with one home run and eight RBI. He won the same award on July 18, after scoring seven runs and driving in 10, and a career-best six RBI against Birmingham on July 14. Holliday ended the season with 128 hits in 463 AB, 10 HR, and 64 RBI, batting .276 with 79 runs scored and 16 stolen bases. He played for the Mesa Solar Sox of the off-season Arizona Fall League (AFL) in 2002 and 2003, batting .316 with four home runs, 21 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 35 total AFL games. Holliday remained at the AA level for the 2003 season as the everyday left fielder for the Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League, batting .253, 28 doubles, 72 RBI, 132 hits, 45 extra-base hits, and 206 total bases. His 15 outfield assists tied for second in the league. He earned a spot on the USA Baseball team in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Panama. They were eliminated from advancing to the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Holliday's first career multi-home run game came against the Cincinnati Reds on May 18. Both home runs came as part of back-to-back HR events with Burnitz, making them the first teammates in franchise history to hit back-to-back HR twice in the same game, and the first teammate duo to do so since Mike Cameron and Bret Boone of the Seattle Mariners in 2002. His first MLB grand slam came against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on June 12, immediately tying a game in which the Rockies had faced a 5–1 deficit. For the month of June, he hit .357. The Rockies traded Walker to the Cardinals in August, clearing more outfield playing opportunities for Holliday. A sprained elbow while diving for a ball against the San Diego Padres on September 12 ended his season. His final batting line included a .290 AVG in 121 games, with 31 2B, 14 HR, 57 RBI, 48 extra-base hits, .349 OBP, 65 runs scored, .488 SLG, and 195 total bases. He finished in the top five among NL rookies in each of those categories. After the season, Holliday was named to both Baseball America's All-Rookie Team and Topps' Major League Rookie All-Star Team, and finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year balloting.
In the NLDS against the Phillies, Holliday's tendonitis reemerged, limiting him to start two of the five games in the series. He was in better health for the NLCS against Milwaukee, batting .435 with 10 hits, six runs scored, five RBI and a home run. The Cardinals defeated the Brewers, advancing to the World Series against the Texas Rangers. Holliday was injured again in Game 6 on a play diving into third base where catcher Mike Napoli and third baseman Adrián Beltré had picked him off, and the injury also kept him out of Game 7. The Cardinals won again and the Series, giving him his first World Series ring. Although he had just three hits in 19 AB, Holliday walked seven times – the most since Bonds' 13 in the 2002 Fall Classic — boosting his OBP to .385 as he scored five runs.
In September, Holliday led the NL with 32 RBI, setting a Rockies record for that month. On September 20 against the Padres, he hit two home runs and tied a Rockies' single-game record with eight RBI in a Rockies 20–1 victory, the highest single-game RBI total in the NL in 2005 and second-highest in the major leagues. He ended the season with a seven-game hitting streak and reached base in each of the Rockies' final 22 games. Holliday totaled 125 games and improved in nearly all offensive categories from his rookie year, including 147 hits, 19 home runs, 87 RBI, 68 runs, 14 stolen bases, 242 total bases, 505 SLG and .361 OBP. His .307 batting average placed eighth in the NL. The club picked up his option for 2006, which was worth $500,000 ($654,540.8 today), or about $100,000 ($130,908.2 today) more than the average for a player with equivalent service time. He was selected as the Rockies Player of the Year.
On September 19, 2006, Holliday hit the longest home run of 2006 in MLB against Matt Cain of the Giants. While the official distance was 443 feet (135 m), HitTracker estimated it at 496 feet (151 m). His grand slam and triple five days later against the Braves assisted the Rockies' comeback from a 7–0 deficit to a 9–8 final victory. He garnered his second NL Player of the Week for the week ending September 24, after hitting four homers, three doubles and a triple, helping propel the Rockies to win five of seven games. In 155 total games, Holliday batted .326 with 196 hits, 45 doubles, 34 home runs, 114 RBIs, 119 runs, 10 stolen bases, 353 total bases, .586 slugging percentage, and .387 on-base percentage. He became just the 19th player ever to meet or exceed 195 hits, 30 home runs, 45 doubles, 115 runs and 110 RBI in one season. He finished in the top five of the National League in batting average, hits, runs, extra base hits, total bases and slugging percentage. After the season, received his first Silver Slugger Award as an outfielder.
Holliday gained his second NL Player of the Week selection of the season and fourth of his career on September 16, after hitting six home runs, driving in 11, batting .407 with a .500 on-base percentage, and leading the NL each with a 1.148 slugging percentage, 11 runs scored, and 31 total bases. In a 12-game span from September 9–20, he hit 11 home runs; only Alex Rodríguez matched that feat in 2007. One of the home runs was the 100th of his career and his 200th hit of the season, occurring on September 19 in a 9–8 victory over the Dodgers. His September totals included a .367 batting average, 29 R, six doubles, 12 HR, 30 RBI, and .796 slugging percentage, prompting MLB to award him NL Player of the Month honors as the Rockies won 13 of their 14 final scheduled games. He garnered copious attention for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award throughout the season, which increased even more that September.
One opponent with long-time ties to the Hollidays is former Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell. Farrell pitched for Tom Holliday at OSU, helping propel them to four College World Series appearances. When Matt and Josh were still toddlers, Farrell often babysat them when their parents went out. Years later, when Matt Holliday was a member of the Rockies team that played the Red Sox in the 2007 World Series, Farrell was the Red Sox pitching coach. Six years after that, as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, Holliday again played against Farrell. This time, he was the Red Sox manager. In both Series, however, Farrell's teams were victorious over Holliday's.
On January 18, 2008, Holliday signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Rockies, covering his final two years of arbitration. The Rockies also offered a four-year, $72 million extension, with a club option for a fifth year at $12 million. The team viewed the contract extension with the two years covering arbitration as a singular deal worth approximately $107 million. In contrast, Holliday and his agent, Scott Boras, regarded the extension as an $84-million free agent contract undervalued compared to similar players. Therefore, negotiations stalled in spring training.
Unable to agree to an extension, the Rockies traded Holliday on November 12, 2008, to Oakland Athletics for pitchers Huston Street and Greg Smith, and outfielder Carlos González. Holliday began working with former A's and Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire as a personal hitting coach during the 2008–09 off-season, who became the Cardinals' official hitting coach the following off-season.
Holliday opened the 2015 season with a 12-game hitting streak that evolved into a sequence of reaching base in each of the first 45 games of the season, breaking Pujols's National League record of 42 games to open a season which he set in 2008. It was the longest such streak in MLB since Derek Jeter garnered 53 in 1999. Dating back to the end of 2014, Holliday's continuity of reaching base spanned 47 games. The venture reached finality on June 2 against the Brewers after umpire Joe West ejected him for arguing a called third strike, the fourth ejection of his career.
On July 24, 2009, the A's traded Holliday to the St. Louis Cardinals for prospects Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen, Shane Peterson and $1.5 million. He represented an instant offensive upgrade for Cardinals left fielders, who had batted .212 with a .294 on-base percentage and a .342 slugging percentage in 2009, and for cleanup hitters, who had batted .250 with .325 OBP and .443 SLG. He hit in the fourth slot in the lineup behind All-Star first baseman Albert Pujols. Because Pujols already wore jersey number 5, the number Holliday previously wore with Colorado and Oakland, St. Louis issued him the number 15.
On January 21, 2010, the Cardinals signed Holliday to a seven-year, $120 million deal ($140.7 million today), and he switched his uniform number to 7 in honor of fellow Oklahoman Mickey Mantle. The contract features a full no-trade clause and a $17 million team option for 2017 or $1 million buyout. It was the richest contract in team history and the largest of the 2009–10 offseason. At the Cardinals' annual Winter Warm Up, he was bestowed with a new nickname—"The Stillwater Stinger".
Pundits and fans have consistently questioned Holliday's durability, and thus his effectiveness as a hitter, into the final guaranteed year of the contract he signed in 2010. However, during each of its first five seasons, he played no fewer than 124 games. In each of the first 11 seasons of his career, including his rookie year, he played at least 121 games.
Fangraphs' Wins Above Replacement (WAR) formula rated Holliday's production equivalent to nearly $110 million in value while actually being paid just $84 million. In that span, he ranked 11th in all MLB, and fifth among outfielders, with 23.8 WAR. In spite of potentially costing the Cardinals the 2009 NLDS with the Game 2 line drive gaffe, Holliday was a key factor in the 2011 championship run with a big NLCS. With RISP, Holliday had hit .315 with a .407 OBP and .486 SLG during his Cardinals years. Since Busch Stadium opened in 2006, he hit .309 with a .403 OBP, .542 SLG; only Pujols had more HR, RBI and a higher OPS. At $17.2 million in total earnings, Forbes magazine ranked Holliday as the 99th-highest paid athlete in the world in 2014.
After former teammate Albert Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2011, the Pujols Family Foundation remained in St. Louis and partnered with Holliday for coordination of events, such as the Albert Pujols Golf Classic. Pujols and his wife, Deidre, started the foundation to raise funds and awareness of poverty and infirm children in Pujols' native Dominican Republic. With his mother, Kathy Holliday, and the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, Holliday raised awareness for colorectal cancer screening. Kathy Holliday had been treated for colorectal cancer while the Cardinals played the Giants in the 2012 NLCS.
Known primarily as a reserved figure, Holliday has played for years in the shadows of such franchise icons as Todd Helton and Albert Pujols, which accommodated his demeanor well. However, he has emerged as a veteran presence for the Cardinals willing to assist and entertain younger players and top prospects as they attempt to adjust to a lifestyle of playing baseball. In January 2012, he invited Matt Adams, Ryan Jackson, Charlie Tilson and Kolten Wong for a weeklong stay in St. Louis at the tony Frontenac Hotel. Activities included eating out, hitting, working out and attending a St. Louis Blues game. Holliday also became more active on his Twitter account and more readily availed himself as a guest on talk radio shows. Further, he befriended former teammate David Freese, who, shortly after Holliday's arrival in St. Louis in 2009, was arrested for driving under the influence. However, after becoming daily workout partners and socializing, teammates noted a "positive influence" on Freese.
Active in charity work, Holliday has represented his teams around Greater St. Louis while maintaining a low profile. Though a common practice of athletes, he has not established his own foundation. Others who know Holliday have elaborated that he has written "very significant" checks to charities. Starting in 2012, Holliday endorsed with Freese for Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital a pledge program called "Homers for Health." For each home run that the Cardinals hit, fans were encouraged to donate 25 cents. The program became very successful, raising more than $3.7 million in its first five years. Said Cardinal Glennon's director of marketing and communications Rose Fogarty, “he has done more than any other Cardinal has done for this hospital since Stan Musial. They put Cardinal Glennon on the map again in St. Louis. Matt and Leslee brought us into the limelight.” Further, Holliday is a frequent visitor to patients at the hospital, and to other children's hospitals. On Labor Day of 2011, he, his wife and two sons spent more than two hours at Shriners Hospitals for Children attending to a 14-year-old boy recuperating from hip surgery.
Holliday hit a grand slam on June 9, 2013, during a seven-run 10th inning against the Reds in an 11–4 victory. He left the July 11 game against the Cubs early because of a tightened right hamstring sustained while running to first base, prompting the Cardinals to place him on the DL. He returned July 27 against the Braves. In another game against the Reds on August 26, Holliday's three-run home run was the longest at Busch Stadium in 2013 at 442 feet (135 m). During the final road trip of the season, he collected 13 hits in 26 at bats. However, back spasms kept him out of several games at the end of the regular season. The Cardinals set an all-time MLB team record by batting .330 with runners in scoring position, and Holliday was fourth in MLB in those situations that year at .390. In all, he finished with 22 home runs, 94 RBI, and a .300 batting average. His MLB-leading 31 double plays grounded into were a career-high and set a new Cardinals' single-season franchise record.
The Cardinals clinched the best record in the NL at 97–65, granting Holliday his fifth career postseason entrance, and fourth with the Cardinals. Faced with a must-win Game 4 situation against the Pirates in the NLDS, he hit a two-run home run in a 2–1 victory. The Cardinals advanced to their third consecutive NLCS against the Dodgers. Holliday started 0-for-13, but his Game 3 home run off Ricky Nolasco to help St. Louis win, 4–2. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers in six games, securing Holliday's third trip to the Fall Classic, and second against the Red Sox. Holliday 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. In the 2013 postseason, Holliday hit four home runs, 10 RBI and a .507 slugging percentage.
Notes: Through 2015 season. Per Baseball-Reference.com.
In spite of missing significant time in 2015 and 2016, Holliday contributed 24.1 WAR during the life of his 2010−16 contract with St. Louis, worth $168.6 million in total contributions according to Fangraphs.
A 94 miles per hour (151 km/h) fastball from the Cubs' Mike Montgomery on August 11, 2016, struck Holliday on the right thumb, fracturing it. The Cardinals placed him on the DL. Presented with the option to either allow the thumb to heal naturally or with surgery, Holliday elected surgery as that would have potentially allowed him to return before season's end. He encountered multiple delays in recovery. Having been informed in the final days of the 2016 season that the Cardinals would not pick up the option for 2017 worth $17 million, he was activated from the DL − although his thumb was still fractured − in time for the September 30 game against Pittsburgh. He hit his first career pinch-hit home run in that game and 20th of the season. Holliday released a statement: "While I'm disappointed this could be it here in St. Louis, I understand that it might be time to move on." While his batting average had dropped to a career-low .246, Holliday was optimistic about a rebound. Because he produced the third-highest exit velocity at 94.7 miles per hour (152.4 km/h) of all hitters with at least 100 batted balls in 2016, he concluded that to "have my misses be more in the air than on the ground, my numbers could really get back toward where they have been my whole career."
After becoming a free agent for the second time in his career, on December 7, 2016, Holliday signed a one-year contract with the New York Yankees worth $13 million, to become their primary designated hitter (DH). One provision to the contract was an unusual, "enormously specific," no-trade clause to one team: the Oakland Athletics.
His first RBI and double for the Yankees came on the same play on April 4, 2017, versus the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, in the third inning of a 5–0 Yankees win. His first home run for the Yankees was on April 7, on a pitch by Baltimore Orioles starter Ubaldo Jiménez in the third inning of a 6–5 loss. The following day, Holliday collected his 2,000th career hit versus Kevin Gausman, a first-inning single, in a 5–4 loss to the Orioles. Holliday drew a career-high five walks on April 9, tying a Yankees franchise record. On April 28, Holliday hit a walk-off three-run home run off Jayson Aquino, which capped a comeback after trailing 1−9, and helped a 14−11 win over the Orioles.
On July 28, 2018, Holliday signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies assigned him to the Albuquerque Isotopes. On August 23, Holliday was placed in the starting lineup, to play left field for the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, against the San Diego Padres. Infielder Garrett Hampson was optioned to Albuquerque to make room on the 25-man roster & in the process Hampson's uniform number 7 was given to Holliday, Hampson would wear #1 upon his return to the club in September.
In 2018 he batted .283/.415/.434 in 53 at bats. He had the slowest baserunning sprint speed of all major league left fielders, at 25.1 feet/second. He was the 4th-oldest player in the National League.
On July 18, 2019, it was announced that Matt would be joining his brother Josh's coaching staff at Oklahoma State University as an outfielding and hitting coach.
Matt got married to Leslee Holliday in 2000, and the couple had three sons and a daughter together. Matt's brother Josh and his father Tom have coached baseball collegiately.
Currently, Matt Holliday is 41 years, 0 months and 12 days old. Matt Holliday will celebrate 42nd birthday on a Saturday 15th of January 2022. Below we countdown to Matt Holliday upcoming birthday.
Happy Birthday, Matt Holliday!
Matt, have a terrific birthday and year ahead! Enjoy your time at the Winter Warm-Up today — being in the midst of Cardinals fans sounds like a great way to spend your day. It’s good to…