January 25, 1965 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|June 25, 1988 for the Montreal Expos|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 22, 1991 for the Seattle Mariners|
|Earned run average||3.71|
|Career highlights and awards|
Brian Scott Holman (born on January 25, 1965, in Denver, Colorado) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He is now the Managing Director and Principal for Ronald Blue & Co.'s branch office in Kansas City, Kansas.
Amateur career 
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, KS, and began attending Wichita North High School, where, as a senior, he made the All-State team. 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 June 1983 amateur draft/free agent draft. He was 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.
The Trade 
Career highlights 
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. 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.
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, against the Oakland Athletics, Holman retired the first 26 batters he faced before Ken Phelps hit a home run over the head of Henry Cotto in right field and turned his perfect game into the ninth one-hitter in Mariners history. At the time, no Mariner had pitched a no-hitter. Phelps had been traded by the Mariners to the Yankees in 1988 for Jay Buhner. It was the last home run of Phelps' career.
Known as a fierce competitor, Brian was a workhorse for the Mariners during the late 1980s and early 1990s logging 32 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 his playing career was cut short by an arm injury.
He is now the Managing Director and Principal for Ronald Blue & Co.’s branch office in Kansas City, Kansas. Brian joined Ronald Blue & Co., a national financial, estate, tax, and investment consulting firm serving clients through a network of 16 offices in the United States, in 2000.
Active in his community, Brian is involved with many non-profit and philanthropic organizations. Brian currently serves on the Board of Directors of Esperanza International, an organization founded in 1994 by former teammate Dave Valle to address the needs of impoverished women in the Dominican Republic. He is also actively involved in Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Pro Athletes Outreach, Children’s Hospital and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Brian is a highly respected and sought after motivational speaker. He and his family know the pain of personal loss and have overcome great adversity. Brian uses his life experiences to encourage and inspire a host of audiences. His inspirational messages have had a tremendous impact when shared at churches, youth-family and men’s outreach conferences, sports awards banquets and corporate events across the United States and Canada.
On September 10,1991, Brian was a guest on 100 Huntley Street.
Brian enjoys public speaking, coaching baseball, upland bird hunting, fishing, weight lifting and collecting vintage baseball memorabilia. Brian is now heavily involved in youth baseball where he conducts private and group pitching lessons and clinics for teams and individuals throughout the Kansas City area. Brian coaches select “Show Case” teams during the summer months. He is a member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and works as a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Wichita Wingnuts Professional Baseball Club. In 2007, Brian was inducted into the "Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame" along with Joe Carter, Bill James and Phil Stephenson.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
|Opening Day starting pitcher
for the Seattle Mariners