Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Mike Trout

If you have ever followed baseball's numbers, or have any familiarity with baseball history, but have drifted away from that, it would pay you to check out the career numbers Mike Trout is amassing. Looking at the all-time list, he is about to move into the top 50 of all time.  The names ahead of him are all in the Hall of Fame or will be (Derek Jeter), save for three exceptions.* They are mostly legends, first- or second-best players ever for their franchises.  You will notice the number of seasons they have played: 17, 19, 21, even 25 or 27  years in the majors.  Trout is in his 9th. He just turned 28.

If you live near Los Angeles you should probably get over to see him in center field for the Angels, just to say you've done it.

* Barry Bonds because of PEDs, Pete Rose because of gambling, and a great-fielding shortstop who played from 1891-1911 named Bill Dalhlen. Trout will pass Dahlen soon anyway, about next May. The only other "few seasons" player ahead of him is Joe DiMaggio, with 13 seasons - who Trout will likely pass next July.

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