Colorado Rockies legend returns to baseball and the Cardinals
Playing 25 productive games in 2018 and helping Colorado to the postseason, Matt Holliday retired a Rockie.
But his retirement from working is over, as he’ll become a pro coach working for the St. Louis Cardinals are their bench coach. The National League club announced the move Sunday, as Holliday replaces Skip Schumaker, who was hired this offseason as the manager of the Marlins.
Holliday already has some coaching experience not only as a helpful veteran but in coaching his son Jackson, who was the first pick in this summer’s MLB Draft.
Holliday debuted with the Rockies as a left fielder in 2004 and was a core piece of the 2007 Rocktober team. He was traded ahead of the 2009 season to the A’s for Carlos Gonzalez and was later dealt to the Cards, where he had the most accomplished portion of his career, going to four All-Star Games and winning a World Series in St. Louis.
Led by Nolan Arenado, the Cardinals went 93-69 and won their second National League Central title in the past four years. It’ll be the second time Arenado and Holliday make the same clubhouse their home, last doing so for Holliday’s reunion tour with the Rockies in 2018.
Holliday’s best moment in purple was his slide to clinch Game 163 in 2007. He also won a Batting Title and nearly won MVP in that 2007 season. He hit 130 homers while batting .319 while in purple, some of the best marks in club history.