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Brian Holman
Born: January 25, 1965 (1965-01-25) (age 44)
Denver, Colorado
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
June 25, 1988 for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
September 22, 1991 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
Win-Loss     37-45
Earned Run Average     3.71
Strikeouts     392
Career highlights and awards
  • Threw a one-hitter on April 20, 1990

Brian Scott Holman (born on January 25, 1965, in Denver, Colorado) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He is now the Managing Director and Principal for [1] Ronald Blue & Co.'s branch office in Wichita, Kansas.

Holman's brother Brad Holman and stepfather Dick LeMay also were Major League pitchers.


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.


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).

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 1980’s and early 1990’s 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.

Holman was inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007[2].


He is now the Managing Director and Principal for [3] Ronald Blue & Co.’s branch office in Wichita, Kansas. Brian joined [4] Ronald Blue & Co., a national financial, estate, tax, and investment consulting firm serving clients through a network of 15 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 AthletesOutreach, Children’s Hospital and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As a respected speaker, Brian has been invited to address various youth, family, church and men’s outreach conferences, sports awards banquets and corporate events across the United States.

Brian is now heavily involved in youth baseball in and around the Wichita area where he conducts private and group pitching lessons and clinics for teams and individuals. Brian coaches select “Show Case” teams during the summer months and is currently the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Andale High School in Andale, Kansas, as well as a member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.


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Preceded by
Mark Langston
Opening Day starting pitcher
for the Seattle Mariners

Succeeded by
Erik Hanson


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