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Kurt Suzuki exits NLDS Game 5 after being hit in wrist, head by pitch

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There was a scary moment in the top of the seventh inning of NLDS Game 5 in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. With the Nationals trailing the Dodgers 3-1, Walker Buehler returned to the mound for his seventh inning of work. Catcher Kurt Suzuki led off.

With a 1-2 count, Buehler threw a 94 MPH two-seamer that ran too far inside, hitting Suzuki on the wrist. The ball then ricocheted into Suzuki’s face. Dodger Stadium went silent as Suzuki was tended to by the team trainer, eventually walking off the field under his own power. Catcher Yan Gomes pinch-ran for Suzuki at first base and will handle the catching duties the rest of the way.

For what it’s worth, there is no reason to believe Buehler had any ill intent with his pitch, unlike Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty.

Win or lose, the Nationals should provide an update on Suzuki’s status later tonight.

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.