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Indians choose to wear Chief Wahoo on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, get swept out of ALDS

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Monday, October 8 marked Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday celebrating the Indigenous peoples of America. The holiday was created as a counter-celebration of Columbus Day, which honors Christopher Columbus on the same day. Columbus, of course, was a much worse person than many of us were led to believe in school, and that’s putting it nicely.

Despite it being Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the Indians chose their home uniform brandishing the visage of the highly controversial mascot Chief Wahoo for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Astros on Monday at Progressive Field. We learned back in January that the Indians would no longer wear Wahoo on their uniforms starting next year — a great development, even if the impetus was commercial rather than moral. Despite the poor taste in uniform for Monday’s game, the Indians allowed the possibility for Wahoo’s last hurrah to be forever remembered as the day the Indians were swept out of the ALDS on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. That’s a bit on the nose. (Even more on the nose: the Braves also play on Monday and trail in the NLDS 2-1 to the Dodgers. They could also get eliminated on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Karmic justice for continuing to use the “tomahawk chop.”)

The Astros rallied late to come from behind and defeat the Indians 11-3, punching their ticket to the ALCS and eliminating the Indians in the process. Wahoo is no more. All this having been said, the Astros’ victory on Monday is still bittersweet for anyone with morals as the Astros have their own shortcomings. Earlier this year, they went well out of their way to defend an alleged domestic abuser in closer Roberto Osuna. The ALCS will feature the Astros with Osuna as well as either the Red Sox or Yankees who have alleged abusers of their own (Steven Wright and Aroldis Chapman, respectively). I guess we’ll have to root for the meteor in the ALCS.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.