Jonathan Holder makes cut with Yankees


Once a former Bulldog, New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Holder is going to start the 2017 season right where he left off in 2016: wearing pinstripes in the Big Apple.
The Gulfport alum has officially been named to the Major League team, claiming one of the final spots in the bullpen. Last year he was called up to the bigs in early September and pitched eight and a third innings throughout the rest of the season.
In a quick text message exchange earlier today, Holder confirms with News 25 that he made the cut and says “excited to start the season, that’s all I got.”
The Yankees open up the new campaign for all of Major League Baseball with a Sunday noon game at the Tampa Bay Rays. 

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at


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