Thursday, June 11, 2015

'Brock Star' Holt Turns Twenty-Seven Today

(USAToday Sports)
He got two more hits last night—and is now batting .305. He will play anywhere on the field you tell him to and do it well. He hustles all the time. He never complains. He is pretty much the perfect utility baseball player and Brock Holt turns just 27 today. When you think about it, he may be in the top five all-time Red Sox "throw-in" players (guys who came here as 'after-thoughts' in a trade). Of course, Mike Lowell is probably on top of that list—but Holt isn't far behind, as he came to Boston with Joel Hanrahan in exchange for Ivan De Jesus, Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel and Jerry Sands. As a member of The Carmine Hose, Holt has hit .278 in 175 games, with 5 HRs and 53 RBIs. He's having his best season with Boston this year. There aren't many role players who can handle the ups and downs of sporadic work and still excel. Holt is the gold standard for that kind of player. We are very lucky to have him. Happy birthday, Brock!