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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Diamond Dirt: I've had enough of Matt Holliday

  • I'll keep this plain and simple.
    I don't like Matt Holliday.
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  • I'll keep this plain and simple.
    I don't like Matt Holliday.
    Baseball is a game of giving 100 percent effort at every moment of the game between the first pitch and the final out. You don't have to be perfect, you don't have to be the most amazing player in the world. If you show that you're trying, show that you're battling to play and help your team win, you're an appreciated ballplayer.
    Matt Holliday isn't one of those players. He's good when he wants to be and just a Plain Jane in Cardinals lineup the rest of the time. He displays no desire to play baseball. From my vantage point he looks like some guy who's trying to find the quickest way to have his three-hour, nine-inning work day done as quickly as possible. That's not a model employee, that's certainly not a baseball hero; that's a waste of time and money.
    He doesn't hustle in the outfield anymore. He won't do whatever it takes to quickly retrieve a ball and get it in to hold the runners. He won't even dive and turn a simple base hit into an out.
    At the plate, Holliday swings at bad pitches, doesn't use power when he should (even though he's a power hitter) and doesn't make any kind of adjustment in his at-bats to pull off a base hit. He simply pokes the bat at the ball and if it's a fat pitch and he knows he can launch it he will — even though he has the experience, power and know-how to lead the league in home runs and extra base hits he seems to just not care.
    Most ballplayers would be mad at themselves if they have a bad plate performance or don't play a ball right in left field, but Holliday just treats it like another day at the office, like it's no big deal.
    Tom Pagnozzi was the same way. He could've been one of the best catchers in baseball, certainly an impact hitter when he wanted to be, but he only gave effort when he felt like it.
    I've said it before and I've said it again, ever since Matt Holliday got his seven-year, $120 million contract he has been nothing more than just another face on the team. But I suppose when you make that much money and get paid either way, you don't have to put too much effort into your job; even though there are hard working people who make less in a year than he makes in a month coming out and spending money at Busch Stadium to see him play.
    It's pitiful. If you're in the lineup, you're good to go and are expected to play like a veteran with 100 percent effort every time. Complaints about something hurting don't fly. If something's hurting you need to sit out until you're healed. Those hard working people, some of whom are lucky to be earning a salary just below $30,000 annually (which is less than a public school teacher), would get in trouble with their jobs, or worse lose them, if they didn't give any effort or work to their full potential. Why is Matt Holliday different? Because he plays professional baseball?
    Page 2 of 2 - I don't need hear anything about numbers either. He puts those numbers up to look good and then just slacks off — thus proving my point that Holliday is good when he wants to be.
    Word is that Matt Holliday chose No. 7 because No. 5 was taken by Pujols and because Mickey Mantle was No. 7 and is also from Oklahoma. Holliday is from Stillwater, while Mantle is from Commerce.
    I got news for you Matt, it's highly documented that Mickey Mantle played hard everyday because there was a high possibility that someone in the ballpark (home or road) was there seeing him for the first time.
    What's your excuse?
    You're certainly not playing for the fans, you're just there to do a half-donkey job in the game most of us can only dream of playing.
    Bring on Adron Chambers and put him in the outfield. He's got the speed, shows the effort and works hard.
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