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Freddie Freeman hits for the cycle

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Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman hit for the cycle on Wednesday night, completing the feat in the 11th inning against the Reds. He doubled in the third inning, tripled in the fourth, hit a solo homer in the sixth, and completed the cycle with a single to lead off the 11th.

Freeman is the first player to hit for the cycle this season and the first to do it since Matt Kemp on August 14 last year. Mark Kotsay was the last batter to hit for the cycle as a member of the Braves. Albert Hall is the only other member of the Atlanta Braves to hit for the cycle, doing so in 1987.

The Braves missed an opportunity to walk off winners, loading the bases with no outs. Freeman advanced to second base when reliever Tony Cingrani balked, then went to third base on an Adonis Garcia single. Garcia went to second base on defensive indifference, and Cingrani walked Nick Markakis on six pitches to fill the bases. Jace Peterson tapped out to catcher Tucker Barnhart, who beat Freeman back to home plate. Tyler Flowers then hit a very shallow fly ball to center fielder Billy Hamilton, who didn’t need to do much to scare Garcia back to the third base bag. Erick Aybar ended the inning with a 6-3 ground out. So the game is still knotted at 6-6 going into the 12th inning as of this writing.

Freeman is hitting a solid .258/.350/.463 on the season with 11 home runs and 22 RBI on the season.

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.