#Shortstops: Wearing Their Pride
Less than six months after Francisco Lindor and Javier Báez were the focal points of opposing teams in a fierce seven-game World Series, they joined forces to become the double play duo for one of the most electric teams to take the field in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Lindor and Báez, whose jersey from the 2017 World Baseball Classic is preserved in Cooperstown at the Hall of Fame, were representing Puerto Rico. And represent they did.
On paper, the team was fantastic. Rounding out the infield was Carlos Correa, who would go on to win a World Series title with the Astros later that year. The outfield boasted three more players with winning in their blood: Kiké Hernandez, Eddie Rosario and Ángel Pagán all have rings. A veteran designated hitter in Carlos Beltrán and the ageless Yadier Molina behind the dish cemented the Puerto Rico lineup as a force to be reckoned with.
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Chris Wright was a 2022 programming intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development