Brian Holman

BRIAN SCOTT HOLMAN


 

Brian started his high school baseball career at Aurora Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colorado.  While at Aurora Hinkley Brian earned ALL CENTENNIAL LEAGUE First Team Pitcher honors and was selected to the Colorado Division AAA ALL STATE High School Baseball Team.

In 1982, Brian moved to Wichita, Kansas, and began attending Wichita North High School.  After graduating from North High where he earned ALL CITY, ALL DISTRICT-5, and First Team High School ALL AMERICA honors, Brian was selected by the Montreal Expos in the first round of the 1983 June free agent draft, the sixteenth player selected overall.  Brian decided to forgo a college baseball scholarship to the University of Nebraska to pursue a professional baseball career and signed with the Expos organization.

While in the Expos minor league system, Brian earned numerous honors including the Expos organizational Player of the Month three times.  He was named to the Double-A and Triple-A ALL STAR Teams, selected to the Topps Double-A ALL STAR Team for all of Double–A baseball and was named THE SPORTING NEWS Southern League Pitcher of the Year.  

Brian made his Major League debut on June 25, 1988, vs. Barry Bonds and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Five days later he recorded his first Major League win on June 30, 1988, when he threw a five-hit, complete game shutout vs. Tom Glavine and the Atlanta Braves.

In 1989, Brian was traded to the Seattle Mariners along with Randy Johnson and Gene Harris for Mark Langston and player to be named later, Mike Campbell.  On April 9, 1990, Brian was the Mariners Opening Night starting pitcher vs. the California Angels and recorded the victory with a 7-1 win.  Brian is perhaps most well known for his pitching performance on April 20, 1990 vs. the Oakland A’s when he came within one out of throwing a perfect game. 

Known as a fierce competitor, Brian was a workhorse for the Mariners during the late 1980s and early 1990s logging thirty-two wins and fourteen complete games, five of those shutouts in just two and a half seasons of work.  He was on his way to a very bright future when regrettably his playing career was cut short when an arm injury forced him to retire.  During his time in the Major Leagues, Brian served as a Major League Baseball Players Association Player Representative and participated in collective bargaining negotiations with team owners on behalf of the Players Union.

Brian is now heavily involved in youth baseball in and around the Kansas City area where he conducts private and group pitching lessons and clinics for teams and individuals out of Natural Baseball Academy in Olathe, KS, where he is the Director of Pitching. Brian also provides his baseball services across the U.S. and Canada, and coaches select “Show Case” teams during the summer months. 

Prior to moving to Kansas City, Brian was the head varsity baseball coach at Andale High School from 2008-2010 where in 2008 he led his team to a second place finish in the Kansas 4-A High School State Baseball Tournament losing the championship game 2-1 to powerhouse KC Bishop Ward.

He is a member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, has been a member of the National High School Baseball Coaches Association, and the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches.

In 2007, Brian was inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame along with Joe Carter, Phil Stephenson, and Bill James.  In 2010 Brian along with his brother Brad were inducted into the Wichita North High School Hall of Fame for athletics.  Brian’s son David is a professional RHP, and his brother Brad is the Major League Bullpen coach for the Texas Rangers.  In 2013 Brian completed the Kansas City Royals Scouting/Player Development School Program in Surprise, AZ.  Brian is also currently an associate scout with the Seattle Mariners.

 

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You may contact Brian Holman at 913-940-3611 or via e-mail at brianholman36@msn.com