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Matt Holliday | Outfielder | #7

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (36) / 1/15/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 7 (0) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Holliday (leg) tallied two RBI in his return to the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday.
Holliday hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice in the top of the first inning and then thwacked an RBI ground-rule double in the top of the sixth -- both against Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin. Holliday, 36, has a cool .850 OPS and 12 RBI in 20 games to open the 2016 regular season. He missed Monday's game due to some mild cramping in his right leg. Apr 28 - 7:44 AM

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Matt Holliday (leg) did fielding drills ahead of Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Holliday is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup after leaving Monday's series opener with cramping in his right leg, but he was stretching for throws at first base Tuesday without issue and he also took indoor batting practice. "He's bouncing around," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told "Looks like a spring chicken." There was concern because Holliday missed a large part of the 2015 season with consecutive right quad tears.
Apr 26 - 10:14 PM

Matt Holliday (leg) is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday night in Arizona.

Holliday made an early exit from Monday's game after experiencing some cramping in his right leg. It doesn't sound like a big deal, but the veteran slugger had right quad problems throughout 2015 so this is certainly something worth monitoring. Jeremy Hazelbaker will start in left field and Matt Carpenter will hit third.

Matt Holliday exited Monday's game against the Diamondbacks in the third inning with a right leg cramp.

Holliday was replaced by Jeremy Hazelbaker. Fortunately, it's not serious and he's considered day-to-day.
Apr 25 - 10:43 PM

Matt Holliday is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

It's just a day off. Jeremy Hazelbaker is in left field in Holliday's place. Kolten Wong is also sitting out for the Cards, as Jedd Gyroko is at second base.

Matt Holliday finished 2-for-2 with a pair of home runs and four RBI in Friday’s blowout win over the Reds.

Now that’s more like it. Holliday socked a three-run shot off Tim Melville in the first inning and later added a solo blast versus Dan Straily in the sixth. This was his 20th career multi-homer game. While it has been a slow start for the 36-year-old, he’s already halfway to his home run total from his injury-plagued 2015.
Apr 16 - 1:10 AM

Matt Holliday is making his first ever start at first base for the Cardinals on Sunday versus the Pirates.

Holliday is 36 and never played first base before in his life, but he looked surprisingly comfortable at the position this spring and the Cards are throwing him into the fire on Opening Day. He should play the position regularly against lefties and could wind up settling in there versus righties, as well, if things go well. Tommy Pham is drawing the start in left field.
Apr 3 - 9:27 AM

Matt Holliday went 2-for-2 and hit his first spring homer Monday off the Mets' Bartolo Colon.

Holliday is batting .290/.324/.452. He's certainly well past his peak as a fantasy outfielder, but with his on-base skills, he's still helping the Cardinals in the top half of their order. He had a .394 OBP in his 73 games last year, and he hasn't come in under .370 since his second full season in 2005.
Mar 28 - 4:10 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Thursday that Matt Holliday "continues to show us he's going to be an option" at first base.

Holliday made a nice defensive play in Thursday's Grapefruit League game and has looked surprisingly comfortable at first base for a 36-year-old who hasn't played the infield since 2000 in A-ball. At the very least, he's looking likely to play first against left-handers, which would mean starts for Tommy Pham in the outfield. More time at first base for Holliday would result in less playing time for Brandon Moss and especially Matt Adams.
Mar 17 - 4:34 PM

Matt Holliday went 2-for-3 as the Cardinals' first baseman on Thursday.

It sure looks like Holliday is going to serve as the Cardinals' first baseman against left-handers. One wonders if he'll also be there against right-handers as the season continues, leaving the team with a platoon of Brandon Moss and Tommy Pham in left field. Holliday's presence at first is bad news for Matt Adams, but then, if Holliday seems comfortable at first, the Cardinals would have extra incentive to trade Adams.
Mar 17 - 4:13 PM

Matt Holliday is serving as the Cardinals' starting first baseman Monday versus the Mets.

Holliday was originally slated to DH, but he apparently feels good enough to give the field a try after battling some minor lower back tightness over the weekend. This will be his first-ever start at first base in any MLB-affiliated game. He worked out at the position throughout the winter. The veteran slugger still projects to open the 2016 season as the Cardinals' primary left fielder.
Mar 7 - 1:06 PM

Matt Holliday is serving as the Cardinals' DH in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.

Holliday was supposed to debut over the weekend but had to be scratched on both Saturday and then again on Sunday due to tightness in his lower back. He was also supposed to start at first base in his spring debut, but the Cardinals have clearly scrapped that plan for now. If his back begins feeling a little better, maybe they'll give it another shot. Holliday still projects to function as the Cardinals' primary left fielder in 2016.
Mar 7 - 8:41 AM

Matt Holliday was scratched from his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday due to tightness in his lower back.

The issue is believed to be minor and Holliday should be able to return to game action in a day or two. He was slated to start at first base on Saturday, a position that he has never played before but has worked at this offseason to improve his versatility.
Mar 5 - 12:12 PM

Matt Holliday will make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday, starting at first base for the Cardinals when they take on the Marlins.

The 36-year-old has appeared in 1663 games in his major league career and not once has he appeared at first base. While he's still expected to open the season as the club's primary left fielder, he could see some time at first if he proves that he can handle the position defensively.
Mar 5 - 8:17 AM

Matt Holliday wants to finish his career with the Cardinals.

Holliday's wish to remain in St. Louis will likely come down to how well he plays this season. The Cardinals hold a club option on Holliday for 2017 but they can buy him out for just $1 million. "I take a lot of pride in being a Cardinal and being part of the organization for seven years," said Holliday. "If I have a great year, it’s going to be a no-brainer." Holliday altered this diet this offseason and lost "quite a bit" of weight. He's also been learning how to play first base. You have to admire the 36-year-old's commitment.
Feb 22 - 2:42 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Ruben Tejada
3Aledmys Diaz
4Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Jeremy Hazelbaker
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Kevin Siegrist
3Seung Hwan Oh
4Jordan Walden
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Matt Bowman
9Mitch Harris