St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday Reaches 1,000 RBI for Career

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJune 18, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday hits an RBI single, the 1000th RBI of his career, to score Jon Jay during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Monday, June 16, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday singled to center field during Monday's game against the New York Mets, driving in teammate Jon Jay for his 1,000th career RBI, per the St. Louis Cardinals on Twitter.

The RBI single, part of a four-run fifth inning, came off of New York Mets rookie pitcher Jacob deGrom, who was making his seventh MLB appearance and only his fourth start. Holliday tipped his cap from first base as the Busch Stadium scoreboard posted the milestone, and the Cardinals' home faithful offered a standing ovation.

Holliday is in his 11th MLB season, with 2014 being his fifth in a row as a member of the Cardinals. Holliday’s big league career began in 2004 with the Colorado Rockies, and he'd ultimately spend five seasons in Denver. He was a three-time All-Star (2006-2008) and had 483 RBI, including a career-high 137 in 2007

The Rockies traded Holliday to the Oakland Athletics in November 2008 as part of a package that included Huston Street and future All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, per Yahoo Sports. Holliday spent just over half a season in Oakland, before a trade-deadline deal in July 2009 sent him to St. Louis.

The trade benefited the Cardinals and Holliday immensely. Appearing in 63 games down the stretch in 2009 for St. Louis, Holliday produced a .353 batting average, 13 home runs and 55 RBI. In 93 games with Oakland he'd only recorded a .286 batting average, with 11 home runs and 54 RBI. 

Holliday has been selected to three All-Star Games as a Cardinal (2010-2012), giving him six for his career. He also won a World Series with the Cardinals in 2011, after coming out of a 2007 Series appearance with the Rockies as one of the goats.