By Nick Piecoro
Listed at 6-feet-4 and 235 pounds, new Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker is hard to miss. He’s stood out in the early days of camp for another reason: his uniform number.
“It sounded good at first,” Walker said of wearing No. 99. “It’s the first number that popped into my head.”
Last season with the Seattle Mariners, Walker wore No. 44 – the number he had worn all his life, the number he had been waiting to become available with the Mariners. But once the deal went down that sent him to the Diamondbacks in November, he knew he wouldn’t be wearing that number again anytime soon.
No. 44 belongs to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
“I’m never going to be 44 here,” Walker said.
But he said he didn’t really have a good reason for choosing No. 99.
“It was either 99 or 32,” he said. “That was my second number in the big leagues. It’s crazy. I feel like I’ve had a new number every year since I’ve been in the big leagues. I feel like 99 is good. No one really wears 99. I shouldn’t have a problem sticking with that.”
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