Why Holt Should Stay!

By David Little  –  @DLittleMLB
I will preface this by stating openly and plainly that I am a huge Brock Holt fan. His work on the field is beautiful, and his personality is perfect for our club. So I was surprised to see a tweet and article from Nick Cafardo even talking about the subject of a trade, although he stands in the same position as me at the end of it all.
Holt is a rarity, a player that every team hurts for. He can literally play anywhere and has played at every position for the Sox except for pitcher and catcher.  His value comes from his super utility role as he serves as a faux DH in a way, a player who allows others a day of rest. That service is priceless to a manager as it allows the extra day of rest for each player, simply sub Holt in, and your guy gets a break. You can see where I am going with this, as the season goes on, those rest days may be the difference between an injured player and a playoff player.
But here is my obvious fan bias. Guys like Holt need to be on the Sox because they are what the Sox are all about; heart. Holt is not only a great guy, as you constantly see him giving 100% for his team on every play, but he also never complains about his utility role even though he was a All Star in 2015. But field work aside, he’s a valuable asset to his community as well. Holt was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award in 2016, an award that goes to a player who exemplifies sportsmanship and community involvement.  I think that says something, seeing as the Red Sox are deeply involved in their community (see: the Jimmy Fund)
So how do you even start to discuss a Holt trade? You don’t. I don’t like it, I don’t think its realistic, and I think it’s just plain wrong. Holt should be here to stay, because he is Boston.

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