From the St. Louis Cardinals
Following is a statement issued by Matt Holliday prior to tonight’s game.
Holliday (right thumb fracture) was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to tonight’s game.
MATT HOLLIDAY STATEMENT – SEPT. 30, 2016
I would like to thank Mr. Dewitt, Mo and the entire ownership group for the opportunity to play for the St. Louis Cardinals.
I am proud of what we have accomplished on and off the field during the past seven years. I have also been humbled by the incredible support and participation in our Homers for Health program.
It has been an honor to play in front of such great fans and for such a historic organization. I can honestly say it has been a dream come true.
While I'm disappointed this could be it here in St. Louis, I understand that it might be time to move on.
I'd like to express my love and admiration for Tony, Mike, and all of the coaches and staff that I have had the pleasure to do life with these past 7+ years.
The most emotional part of this is my teammates and the relationships I've built with some of these guys over the years. Particularly, Adam and Yadi, to be considered part of the core with two of the finest human beings I've ever known.
Finally, I'm eternally thankful for the Lord bringing me to the city of St. Louis in August of 2009. Lots of cool stuff has happened since then. On behalf of my wife Leslee and our children Jackson, Ethan, Gracyn and Reed - Thank you!
Brian Walton’s take
Holliday has enjoyed a fine career with St. Louis, but a change is needed to help revitalize the Cardinals’ offense for next year and beyond. Making a $1 MM severance payment to Holliday is far more preferable to the team than picking up the $17 MM club option for his 2017 salary.
Activating Holliday this weekend, done at the player’s request, will enable fans to show their appreciation for his many contributions.
If Holliday wants to continue playing in his age 37 season, a contract with an American League team as a designated hitter might be his best alternative. A return to St. Louis in a reduced role at a much lower salary next season is not impossible, but appears unlikely.
Finding an impact bat to replace Holliday in left field could be the Cardinals organization’s top winter priority.
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