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The Case for Matt Holliday as a Cardinals Hall of Famer

Via Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports

Matt Holliday is a guy who certainly made his mark on Major League Baseball during his 16-year career. He was an impact player on every team he was a part of, making it to three World Series’, one with the Rockies and two with the Cardinals. Holliday is a well-known for his power and ability to come through in the clutch. He may not ever be in the baseball Hall of Fame, but his time in St. Louis should not be discounted. Here is the case for Matt Holliday as a Cardinals Hall of Famer.

Holliday’s Career

Holliday began his career with the Rockies and played there from 2004-2008, being traded to Oakland before the 2009 season. Holliday was later traded to St. Louis, where he would be a part of six playoff teams in an eight-year span, winning a World Series title in 2011 and being a key factor in the Cards’ 2013 World Series team that lost to Boston.

The Oklahoma State product would spend the bulk of his career in St. Louis. After joining the Cards at the 2009 trade deadline, Holliday re-signed with St. Louis on a seven-year contract. That deal would keep him in St. Louis through the 2016 season. During his illustrious career, Holliday posted a WAR of 44.5 and popped 316 home runs while driving in 1,220 runs and hitting for a career average of .299. The slugging left fielder was in the prime of his career when he was traded to St. Louis, and he would only continue to grow his legacy as a member of the Cardinals.

The argument for Holliday as a Cardinals Hall of Famer

There were tons of memorable moments that help Holliday’s Case for the Cards Hall of Fame; walk-off hits, great catches, a strong throw to nab a runner at the plate in the World Series, and many more. He was a fan favorite throughout his time in St. Louis, proudly wearing the number seven and epitomizing what it means to be a St. Louis Cardinal, playing with a sense of urgency, grinding out at-bats and never taking any plays off. He had an infectious sense of humor and was a leader in the Cards’ clubhouse.

He also took time to give back to the St. Louis community, founding the “Homers for Health” charity that donates to local children’s hospitals every time a Cardinals player hits a home run.

Holliday hit 156 home runs in a Cards’ uniform, while posting an outstanding batting average of .319 and knocking in 616 runs. He also was a four-time All-Star. But perhaps his most memorable moment as a Cardinal came in the twilight of his tenure in St. Louis.

One Last Ride

On September 30, 2016, it was revealed that the Cardinals were not going to exercise Holliday’s option for the 2017 season. He’d been out for a month with a wrist injury, and was for the final weekend of the regular season, in hopes that he could give St. Louis the push they needed to reach the postseason.

Holliday came to the plate as a pinch hitter, with fans knowing full-well that this could be the final time they ever saw him in a Cards’ uniform. And as fate would have it, Holliday blasted a ball to deep right field that cleared the wall and sent Busch Stadium into a frenzy.

As Holliday rounded the bases, cameras focused in on him. He could be seen shedding tears as he soaked in the moment, knowing that he gave St. Louis fans one final gift before his Cards’ tenure came to an end.

All the great moments speak for themselves and strengthen the case for Matt Holliday as a Cardinals Hall of Famer. He was undeniably one of the greatest players to ever wear the Birds on the Bat, and Cardinal fans will never forget the many memories he provided them over his time in St. Louis.

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