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Holliday over in Hagerstown

July 29, 2000

Holliday over in Hagerstown



Hagerstown Suns catcher Josh Holliday always wanted to coach. Saturday, he decided to get an early start on his dream.

Holliday put an abrupt end to his playing career, announcing his retirement before Saturday's doubleheader.

"It was a big surprise to me," Suns manager Rolando Pino said. "He thought he had enough and he wanted to go back to school. He still loves the game, but his heart wasn't into playing anymore."

Holliday told Pino of his decision before the rest of the team arrived for the game, left after making his decision. Holliday, the son of Tom Holliday, the head coach at Oklahoma State, plans to finish his sports management degree and go into coaching.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Holliday hit .220 with six home runs and 29 RBI in 74 games for the Suns, splitting time between four positions.

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"He was a great kid. I told him I wished him the best," Pino said. "I would have loved to have him with us for the rest of the season."

- Bob Parasiliti

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