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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Dave Holt played and managed in Red Sox system, and managed Blue Sox; Made AA

Dave Holt's return to Elmira in 1993 proved almost a homecoming of sorts. The manager of the short-season Utica Blue Sox had not only managed at Elmira previously, he'd played there, too.

"It looks a little different," Holt told The Elmira Star-Gazette that August. "I've gotten to talk to some of the people I knew and to see some of the old faces."

Holt arrived at Utica that year as part of more than a decade managing in the minors. Before that, he spent five seasons as a player himself. Both playing and managing, Holt topped out at AA.

Holt's career in baseball began in 1979, taken by the Red Sox in the 21st round of the draft out of Cal State Fresno.

Holt started as a player at Elmira. He saw 62 games and hit .259 with five home runs. He then made single-A Winter Haven in 1980 and stayed there three seasons. He hit .253 over 94 games his third season there.

He arrived ta AA New Britain for 1983. He saw 29 games and hit .211 to end his playing career.

By 1984, Holt had started his managerial career at Winter Haven. He moved to AA New Britain in 1987. Upon his arrival there, he explained to The Hartford Courant his philosophy.

"The main thing you want a professional baseball player to learn is consistency, and that's what I try to teach," Holt told The Courant. "Professional baseball is full of heroes one day, and goats the next. If you learn to be consistent emotionally, you have a better chance to succeed."

Holt stayed at New Britain two seasons, then managed two at Winter Haven and two more at Elmira. He finally moved to Utica in 1993 as manager and is last credited managing at Utica in 1994.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,922
Made the Majors:1,307-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,615-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:530
10+ Seasons in the Minors:326

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