Last month, Angels starter Matt Shoemaker was hit in the head by a line drive hit by Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. He suffered a fractured skull and a hematoma, requiring emergency surgery. Fortunately, Shoemaker is recovering and sounds eager to return to the mound.
Good Morning America did a segment on Shoemaker last week. After the line drive incident, several equipment companies are manufacturing specialized helmets for pitchers. Shoemaker said, “I am 100 percent trying all of these options in the offseason to see comfort, fit, all that stuff. If it feels and works like a baseball hat, I’d definitely be willing to wear it.”
Towards the end of the segment, Michael Strahan notes that Seager called Shoemaker every day to check up on him. Shoemaker said he heard from Seager more than anybody else.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.