Brock Holt, Red Sox super-utility man and Jimmy Fund captain, is moving on to the Midwest. From Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Holt signed with the Brewers for $3.25 Million for a one year. There is also a club option of $5 Million for 2021, with additional incentives for Holt to reach a certain amount of plate appearances.
The Red Sox will greatly miss what Holt does on the field. The Swiss-Army Knife of the organization played seven different positions well during his time in Boston. The only two jobs Holt never had to do were pitching or catching. Although he probably would have been able to do both if the club asked him.
During the last few seasons Holt had spent a lot of time filling in at 2nd base. With Dustin Pedroia never able to fully recover, Holt stepped up in his absence.
Holt was also a productive major league hitter. During his seven seasons in Boston Holt hit .270 with a .340 OBP in 615 games. His numbers would have been a lot better had he not hit .200 in 2017 while dealing with concussions.
In the postseason Holt did his job as well. In 12 games his slash-line was .297, .381, and .595. Every Red Sox will remember his Game 3 of the 2018 ALCS.
In Yankee Stadium, with the series tied 1-1, Holt accomplished a feat nobody had ever done in MLB postseason history. He hit for the cycle. Holt singled, tripled and doubled before coming to bat with 2 outs in the 9th. With Yankee catcher Austin Romine trying to mop up the game, Holt smashed one into the right field seats. Holt’s face lit up as he rounded the bases.
Holt was one of the better teammates in the Red Sox clubhouse. He was consistently one of the first guys to congratulate a teammate as they came to the dugout. You could tell he did not take being a Major League Baseball Player for granted. He was both an All-Star and World Series Champion as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
However, all of the achievements Holt accomplished on the field pale in comparison to what he did for the Boston community. Holt gave an incredible amount of time towards The Dana Farber Jimmy Fund Clinic. He was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award, which “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team”, four times as a Red Sox.
Holt had a special connection to the Jimmy Fund that few players could ever create. While the patients who were huge baseball fans would normally gravitate to the legends and stars, like David Ortiz or Dustin Pedroia, Holt made many relationships with those who were not baseball fans. Last Summer a video was made where Holt read letters written by kids and family members he got to know through the Jimmy Fund. Try getting through the video without tearing up.
So as Holt moves onto Milwaukee the Red Sox are losing an important player and clubhouse presence. However, Boston is also losing a caring, charitable person who dedicated many hours to helping kids get through the scariest time in their lives.
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