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Saturday, October 7, 2023

Mike Holland wasn't afraid to make mistakes; Made pros in single season

Mike Holland 1990 Erie Sailors card

Playing for a local American Legion team in July 1985, Mike Holland got thrown out, committed an error and hit a home run, The New London Day wrote.

Afterward, he explained his approach to The Day.

"I'm not afraid to make mistakes or to take a risk because there is always another chance," Holland told The Day.

For Holland, his chances went on into college and the pros. His pro chance, however, proved brief. He played a single season for a co-op team, 24 total games.

Holland's pro career began and ended in 1990, signed by the independent co-op Erie Sailors of the short-season New York-Penn League.

Holland went on to play at Boston College and at Davidson. At the conclusion of his college career in 1989, the Expos showed interest, but he wasn't drafted. In late June 1989, he participated in an open tryout

But Holland didn't hit a pro field until 1990, with Erie. He got into 24 games and hit .194. He also hit one home run and stole two bases. That season proved his only season as a pro.

Mike Holland 1990 Erie Sailors card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,235
Made the Majors:1,385-32.7%
Never Made Majors:2,850-67.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:345

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