To be fair, Holland spent the first seven years of his major-league career with the Rangers and never had faced Schwarber. And Schwarber’s young MLB career consists of only 278 regular-season plate appearances. Still, Schwarber’s expedited return from a torn ACL in last season’s World Series was a major storyline, as was his five-homer performance in the 2015 postseason. One possible explanation: Holland, known for his humor, simply was goofing around.
In any case, Holland probably will hear a lot about his gaffe in the coming days and even more about Schwarber in the coming months.