World Series, Game 5: Royals vs. Giants lineups

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The Giants evened the World Series at 2-2 with an 11-4 win over the Royals in Game 4 on Saturday night. Both teams will battle to retake a series lead tonight in Game 5 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET.

Royals:

SS Alcides Escobar
LF Alex Gordon
RF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
C Salvador Perez
3B Mike Moustakas
2B Omar Infante
CF Jarrod Dyson
SP James Shields

The Royals are using the same lineup as they’ve used in Games 3 and 4, which features Dyson in center and Cain in right field, eschewing Norichika Aoki.

Giants:

CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
LF Travis Ishikawa
SS Brandon Crawford
SP Madison Bumgarner

With the right-handed Shields on the mound, Giants manager Bruce Bochy has put Sandoval back to the clean-up spot and Pence back to fifth in the order. Juan Perez goes back to the bench after his Game 4 start, giving way to Ishikawa in left field.

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.