Cardinals hoping Matt Holliday will play again this season

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Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday just recently returned from the disabled list after missing six weeks with a torn quadriceps muscle and now he’s headed back to the DL with the same injury.

Missing another six weeks would leave Holliday with little time to play again during the regular season, but general manager John Mozeliak told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the Cardinals are hopeful the latest injury is less severe and will require a shorter recovery timetable.

Either way the Cardinals will likely be without Holliday until at least September, leaving rookie Stephen Piscotty as the primary left fielder and trade pickup Brandon Moss as the primary first baseman.

Voted into the All-Star game as a National League starter but unable to play, Holliday has hit .290 with four homers and an .830 OPS in 63 games at age 35. He’s topped an .800 OPS in all 12 of his MLB seasons and this year will be his first with fewer than 120 games played.

Larry Walker to wear a Rockies cap on his Hall of Fame plaque

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I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.

While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.

There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.

Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.

Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.

Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice.  And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.