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When a spot in the playoffs was on the line, Trout faded at the plate, while Cabrera surged.
Seriously, has Trout really put on 30 pounds? Is it muscle? He wouldn't be the first rookie to believe the press and slip a bit in effort and performance. Has anyone seen his ST appearances?
But Cabrera is not about "reality." Cabrera is about previous accomplishments that more strongly indicate that he will have more seasons like 2012 than Trout's previous accomplishments. That is, both players are about "potential." It's just that Cabrera has more history behind his potential, so statistical projections of Cabrera's have more statistical confidence in them than projections for Trout.
If he is really carrying 245 pounds on his 6 foot frame though, better look somewhere else for steals.
People seriously underestimate the importance of lower body strength for sprinters. As long as he isn't disproportionately gaining upper body strength (or fat obviously), there is no reason to expect a huge dropoff in acceleration or velocity.
Lower body strength is huge, but it's all about relative strength. Elite sprinters tend to weigh around 170, with squats around 600. If Trout brought his squat up a little over 100 pounds with the extra 30 pounds of mass, I'll buy that he MIGHT not be any slower, but I still wouldn't bet the farm on it.
Yeah. Also, Trout DOES have a big upper body. He's built like a NFL running back, with broad shoulders, a massively thick neck, and huge Popeye forearms. Of course, bulky strong guys can still be very fast, especially when they're very young. Considering the vast wiggle room in "official" baseball player weights, I wouldn't worry about it unless his physique actually looks significantly different from last year.
Yeah. Also, Trout DOES have a big upper body.
All I heard about Trout last year was the Angels kept him in the minors in April for standard "service clock" reasons which cost him the MVP because he only played 140 games. Are you saying they had a good reason to not have him start the season in the majors?
3. Nobody knew Trout would be that great so soon.
NJ is NY (#16) is probably joking, but I'm curious why Trout has been placed in the must-be-clean category already. For some players, the assumption would be that he gained weight due to using PEDs; for other players, the assumption would be that he "does it the right way." I've never been able to figure out what puts a player into one category or the other.
Nope you need 6 full years of service time to go FA. They would have had to keep him down for more time than he was up in 2011 to affect his clock. He'a an FA after 2017 whether they held him down or not. (He'd have 1 year and 100 days of service time if they hadn't put him in AAA.)
Player Rfield PA OPS+Eddie Murray 37 5837 144Jimmie Foxx 33 6608 167Boog Powell 0 5506 137Orlando Cepeda -23 5684 142
Since when do baseball players do "intense conditioning" in spring training?
The other thing is that Mike Trout is 21 years old. How big is he going to be in his late 20s or 30s? That's a big dude.
I think stats guys underrate RBIs, and they always used to poo-poo stolen bases, at least until Mike Trout started getting them.
Compared to not running at all, baseball is a fairly intense cardio workout, especially for an outfielder.
This fact is one reason why I go nuts when someone excuses a major-league player for not running out a ground ball. Very few major-leaguers actually dog it down the line, but those who sometimes do puzzle the hell out of me
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