Greg Holland teleconference notes
Greg Holland joined Kansas City media members on a teleconference this afternoon. The right-handed reliever is excited about winning the 2012 Bruce Rice Royals Pitcher of the Year award. He is more proud of coming back from early season struggles and an injury that sent him to the disabled list in late April. Holland felt responsible for several early season losses and was happy to rebound and help the team.
Holland became KC’s closer when Jonathan Broxton was traded to Cincinnati on July 31. He would love to be the closer for years to come, though he will let that decision stay with the Royals. Holland says that he learned about being an effective closer from Broxton and Joakim Soria. While both two-time All-Stars were quiet, they carried themselves well and shared knowledge with the rest of KC’s young bullpen.
Holland keeps his focus on getting outs, saying that “closing can be hard if you make it”. He noted that the sixth or seventh inning can be more difficult than the ninth, depending on the situation.
Holland posted a 1.80 ERA in 2011 and a 2.08 ERA over his final 60 outings in 2012. What can he do for an encore? The 26-year old says that he always has room to improve and will keep grinding. For now, Holland is enjoying a quiet offseason in North Carolina. An avid hunter, Holland prefers to stay close to home and says that the deer are outsmarting him this winter.