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.