Mike Trout – Making History

By jason keen
Updated: September 26, 2012
Mike Trout

At this point of the season I think it is safe to say that Mike Trout is not a fluke. Surely if he has a weak spot in the strike zone or a pitch that he couldn’t hit, pitchers around the league would have found it by now. It isn’t everyday that you see someone with a WAR (wins above replacement) in double digits. In fact, in the history of major league baseball it has only happened 24 times.

But what makes it so impressive this year is that other than Barry Bonds, whose steroids inflated stats I despise in cases such as this, no position player has tallied a 10.5 WAR since Cal Ripken, Jr did so in 1991. Prior to Trout no player has been under the age of 24. And, if you look at the names on this list every player eligible has made the Hall of Fame.

  • Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • Joe Morgan
  • Carl Yastrzemski
  • Willie Mays
  • Mickey Mantle
  • Stan Musial
  • Ted Williams
  • Babe Ruth
  • Lou Gehrig
  • Rogers Hornsby
  • Ty Cobb
  • Honus Wagner

So why is his WAR so high you ask? As it stands now, only two other players have ever hit .324 in a season with 28 home runs and 47 stolen bases in a season (Hanley Ramirez and Rickey Henderson each did so once) and no player has ever hit .324 with 30 home runs and 50 stolen bases. ESPN.com is projecting  Trout to finish with 29 home runs and 49 stolen bases. With eight games remaining for the Angels this season it will be nice to see if Trout can prove them wrong.

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