Yankees DH reached 2,000-hit milestone earlier in the season
By David Adler
NEW YORK -- Matt Holliday has a room at home that's under construction, where he's going to store the mementos from the milestones he keeps reaching with the Yankees.
Holliday launched the 300th homer of his Major League career in the first inning of Wednesday's 8-6 win at Yankee Stadium, a three-run shot off the Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman onto the netting above Monument Park in center field.
Holliday's blast pulled the Yankees to within 4-3. It came off the bat at 111.5 mph and traveled a projected distance of 446 feet, according to Statcast™, making it Holliday's second-hardest-hit homer and second-longest homer of the year.
Holliday is the 14th player to hit his 300th home run as a Yankee, and the first since Mark Teixeira did so on June 30, 2011. He's the 142nd Major Leaguer to hit 300 homers. Before signing with the Yankees this past offseason, Holliday played for the Rockies (128 homers), the A's (11) and the Cardinals (156).
"I'm sure it means a lot," manager Joe Girardi said of Holliday hitting No. 300. "And I'm sure he got the ball because of where it landed. That probably even means a lot too, so it was a smart place to hit it."
The 37-year-old finished a hot homestand strong -- he's now 9-for-26 (.346) with three homers and eight RBIs in his last six games.
"It's something that a lot of people have been involved with," Holliday said of his latest benchmark. "I've had a lot of great coaching and support and teammates. You think about all the people who have been part of your baseball career, and it's pretty cool."
David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.