On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced the five finalists for their Hall of Fame and Colorado Rockies legend Matt Holliday is one of them.
Holliday, who spent parts of six seasons in the Colorado Rockies uniform, played for the Cardinals from 2009 through 2016.
Colorado Rockies legend Matt Holliday is a nominee for the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame
Colorado Rockies legend Matt Holliday is one of five nominees for the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. Along with Holliday, the other nominees include Baseball Hall of Famer Steve Carlton, 1982 World Series Champion George Hendrick, former All-Star pitcher Matt Morris, and former All-Star shortstop Edgar Renteria.
Hendrick and Holliday are both on the ballot for the Cardinals Hall of Fame for the first time in 2022.
Holliday was with the Rockies from 2004 through 2008 and again in 2017 to end his career. He hit .319/.387/.550 with an OPS+ of 130 as a member of the Rockies. His best season came in 2007 when he hit .340/.405/.607 with an OPS+ of 151. He won the NL batting title and he also led the NL in hits (216), doubles (50), RBI (137), and total bases (386). He was an All-Star, won a Silver Slugger Award, and he came in second in NL MVP voting.
Holliday spent parts of eight seasons with the Cardinals and he hit .293/.380/.494 with an OPS+ of 138. He was an All-Star with them in four seasons, won a Silver Slugger award, and got NL MVP votes in four seasons with them as well.
Holliday has also been in the news recently because of his son. His son, Jackson, is one of the top high school prospects in this coming year’s draft class. Jackson is primarily an infielder, unlike his father, but he is playing at his dad’s high school and he is committed to play at Oklahoma State University, where Matt is a coach and his uncle, Josh, is the head coach.
Since 2014, the Cardinals have inducted 25 people into their Hall of Fame, including Keith Hernandez, Scott Rolen, Tim McCarver, Mark McGwire, and Baseball Hall of Famers Joe Torre and Ted Simmons. Fans can cast their vote at cardinals.com/HOF.
Perhaps, whenever the Rockies establish a Hall of Fame themselves, Holliday will be one of the first few inductees and, perhaps, the HOF would even establish what Rockies fans have known since 2007: Holliday touched home plate.