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Mike Trout has 200 home runs already

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Mike Trout is in a class of his own. He’s racked up 54.7 Wins Above Replacement in his first seven major league seasons and collected two MVP honors after leading the league in runs scored in 2014 and 2016. He can reliably be counted on to deliver 20-30 home runs every year and has been decorated with six consecutive All-Star nominations. It goes without saying that his resume is extensive, and a 46-day stint on the disabled list hardly seems to have slowed him down at all. On Friday, he blew past another milestone with his 200th career home run.

Trout lost little time getting the Angels on the board. He took a 2-1 changeup from Marco Gonzalez and deposited it in center field to give the team a 1-0 lead in the first:

It’s the 32nd dinger of Trout’s season and the 200th since his big league debut in 2011. Not only did he become the third Angels player to reach 200 career home runs with the club, but he’s the fourth American League slugger to do so by his age-26 season. The other three to replicate the feat? Oh, just Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx and Alex Rodriguez.

Trout’s home run holds up against the greats, but it didn’t hold off the Mariners for long. Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager went back-to-back with solo homers in the fourth, and Robinson Cano and Mike Zunino tacked on another three insurance runs with an RBI single and two-RBI homer, respectively. The Angels currently trail the Mariners 5-2 in the top of the seventh inning.

In the meantime, you can gawk at Trout’s pretty, pretty home run spray chart here:

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.