As a three-time “Big Spirit” award winner with the Spirits, John Holmquist is the “glue” that many teams speak of when it comes to camaraderie and team support. John brings not only a great attitude to the dugout and on the field each game, but also a solid arm on the mound. Not to be mistaken as “Mr. Nice Guy,” John is highly competitive and willing to do anything that is asked of him to win games.
Holmquist serves as part of the starting pitching rotation for both the Spirits (45+) and (50+) squads after making the 2018 season a “four-peat,” playing in the NTABL Masters League All-Star game. The teams benefit from his incredible attitude and solid work ethic.
Holmquist led the team in wins in 2016 with a 2.06 ERA and nearly 60% strikes vs. balls ratio. John also spends time at 1B as well as OF and can be relied upon when asked for just about anything. Holmquist was key in 2018 during the team’s championship run, while finishing with an overall 20-1 record. Holmquist was responsible for 7 of those wins as he finished the season a perfect 7-0. John threw 536 pitches during the season and 342 of those pitches were strikes, meaning he threw a strike nearly 60 percent of the time. John only allowed 13 earned runs on the season while striking out 16 hitters on his way to a 2.22 ERA. In 2019, Holmquist asked for an opportunity to appear at the dish and for the Spirits (40+) he finished with a .750 batting average after going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a walk. On the hill, Holmquist appeared in 8 games for the Spirits (40+) squad, finishing with a 4.98 ERA, leading the team in innings pitched with 27.67, finishing with 2 wins and 9 strikeouts. Holmquist shows incredible accuracy, being a student of the game and each hitter he faces. He’s always consistent and keeping his players off balance, finishing the 2019 season with a 2 to 1 strikes to ball ratio. In 2020, Holmquist finished with a 3-1 record, appearing in 6 games while finishing with a 2.09 ERA.
In 2021, Holmquist served as the Spirits (45+) top pitcher, recording a perfect 7-0 record. He tossed a team-high 44 innings, recording a phenomenal strikes to ball ratio at 424/177 (71%). John finished with an ERA of 3.43 while striking out a team-high 57 opposing hitters. Holmquist will continue with the Spirits (45+) rotation and also on the Spirits (50+) rotation starting in 2022. Holmquist also hit .368 and will increase his role on the offensive end moving into the new season. John had a huge role in the success of the Spirits (45+) campaign in 2021 as the team captured the NTABL Masters League Championship.
Holmquist put his bat to use during the 2022 season for the Spirits (50+) squad. He hit .267 adding 11 hits including a double, and 7 runs scored. John also added 9 runs batted in, making his hits count when it mattered. From the hill, Holmquist finished 2-3 with a save for an very underperforming offense. John pitched 38 and 2/3 innings, finishing the campaign with 16 strikeouts.
John’s high school experience includes Flint Central JV in MI as a pitcher where he developed his split-finger pitch. He’ll start you off with an initial conversation about his .500 batting average in high school, however the conversation will turn after he explains he only had two at-bats. His only professional experience stems form MLB “The Show” 2016 on his PlayStation 4 game console.
A Gemini with a June birthday, Holmquist brings a 6’6″ stature to the mound with great control and decisions on his pitches. A Flint, MI native, John is the father of 2 sons (20, 16), and a daughter (18). John is currently married to his “Energizer Bunny” wife, Aimee and sports the number 27 on his jersey. He chose the number for a variety of reasons, however in 2012 it had been 27 years since he last played before joining the NTABL. Pitchers ironically, also need 27 straight outs for a perfect game. One of his sons, Alex was also born on February 27 and that is also his favorite number, thus John’s jersey has great symbolism as he wears it proudly and represents his team well.
He and Aimee currently reside in McKinney, TX.
Nickname: “Quisp,” “Big John,” “Big Filthy,” “John Deere,” “Dirty John”