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Cardinals' Matt Holliday Closing in on 1,000 Career RBI

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 4:  Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals grounds out in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 4, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals scored on the play. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJune 6, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday needs just five more RBI to become the 277th player in MLB history with 1,000 career RBI, per MLB.com's milestone tracker.

Known as one of the more consistent hitters in all of baseball, Holliday spent his first five seasons with the Colorado Rockies, taking advantage of Coors Field to pile up 483 RBI over 698 games in a Rockies uniform.

In 2007, he led the National League in batting average (.340), hits (216), total bases (386), doubles (50) and RBI (137), but controversially finished second to Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins in the MVP voting.

While he hasn't quite been able to match that 2007 campaign since leaving Colorado, Holliday has done more than enough to prove that he wasn't just a product of Coors Field.

Traded to the Oakland Athletics after the 2008 season, he posted an OPS above .875 each year from 2008-2013. His brief stint with the Athletics was a bit disappointing, but Holliday only stuck in Oakland for four months, before being traded to the Cardinals.

Despite his reputation for consistency, the 34-year-old Holliday is actually suffering through a bit of a down season thus far in 2014. He carries a .267/.376/.369 slash line into Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, and is on pace for a modest 77 RBI.

Still, given how well he's aged, Holliday could eventually knock on the door of the 1,500-RBI club, which only has 52 members.

 

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