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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Harper’s inconsistency highlights Trout’s greatness. | Sports on Earth

Barring a significant slide over the last quarter of the schedule, Trout is going to join an exclusive club with this metronomic stat line. Since the dawn of the 20th century, only nine others have strung together at least five consecutive qualifying seasons with an OPS+ of 160 or better. Here is the impressive list in reverse chronological order.

Barry Bonds 1990-98, 2000-04
Frank Thomas 1991-97
Stan Musial 1948-54
Johnny Mize 1936-40
Lou Gehrig 1927-37
Babe Ruth 1918-24, ‘26-‘34
Rogers Hornsby 1920-25
Ty Cobb 1907-19
Honus Wagner 1902-09

(Ted Williams likely would be on this list if not for his military service. He topped the 160 mark while qualifying for the batting title in each of his first eight seasons, which were interrupted by three seasons lost to World War II. It’s also possible that others are in the same boat, including Charlie Keller, who hit the mark from 1941-43 and again in ‘45 after a year away).

Not only would Trout be just the third player in the past 70 years to accomplish this feat, but he also is doing it while playing a premium defensive position—and in his age 20-24 seasons (he turned 25 on Aug. 7). Only Cobb, more than a century ago, has had five qualifying 160 OPS+ seasons at such a young age. Only Cobb and Williams can top Trout’s career OPS+ of 169 up to this point (minimum 2,000 plate appearances). And of course, Trout is more than just a good hitter, as he is closing in on Cobb’s record of 46.7 wins above replacement by the end of the age-24 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bryce harper, mike trout, nationals

Monday, July 04, 2016

Mike Trout goes big in proposal to longtime girlfriend

Good idea to lock up Trout to a long-term deal.


Four-time All-Star and 2014 AL MVP Mike Trout is known for going big on the baseball field.

So it’s no surprise that the Angels star would propose to his longtime girlfriend in the same way.

Trout retweeted this post from his now-fiancee Jessica Cox on Saturday, showing a “Will you marry me Jess?” written across a clear blue sky.

“I’m so excited to finally be able to officially call this amazing man my fiance!” Cox wrote on her Instagram account.

New Jersey native Trout, 24, and Cox have known each other since high school.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 04, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

For The Angels, There’s No Such Thing As A Good Trade For Mike Trout | VICE Sports

How often do the magic beans actually grow anything?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Friday, April 22, 2016

Bryce Harper rising to No. 1? Execs still prefer Mike Trout | New York Post

So I asked 13 executives and scouts: If money were no object and you could start a franchise with either Trout or Harper, who do you got?

Three said they actually would take Houston shortstop Carlos Correa, and one also mentioned Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado. But the request was Trout vs. Harper, and eight took Trout and five went with Harper — with two of the Harper voters admitting they only had changed recently. One Trout voter actually wavered toward Harper in the midst of an email response before stating, “I’ll stay with Trout, but it’s as close a vote as you can get.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bryce harper, mike trout, nationals

Friday, April 08, 2016

Better, Faster, Younger: Why baseball’s young stars are its best in 20 years

WISE MEN SAY the first time you feel old is when you look around and realize that most major league baseball stars are younger than you. If that’s true, a lot of folks are aging very suddenly. Young studs are everywhere around MLB these days.

Consider the best players in each league and the careers they could have in store. In the NL, that would be 23-year-old Bryce Harper, about whom my colleague Jayson Stark has written: “He’s a blend of Pete Rose and Reggie Jackson, as if that were even possible.” Actually, it was possible; his name was Frank Robinson. As in the Triple Crown—winning Frank Robinson who hit 586 career home runs and won the MVP in both leagues. He happens to be the best statistical comparison to Harper in baseball history, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

Meatwad Posted: April 08, 2016 at 08:15 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, frank robinson, mickey mantle, mike trout

Friday, April 01, 2016

LOOK: Mike Trout and a tale of love and deceit lead to a great prank

As you’re about to see, Angels warhorse Jered Weaver and outfielder/sun god Mike Trout leveraged the occasion of April Fool’s Day to hurtle staff ace Garrett Richards into a seeming broth of romantic tensions. The result was a palpably uncomfortable Richards and a pretend relationship shattered like commode dropped from space ...

Meatwad Posted: April 01, 2016 at 05:40 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: april fools, garrett richards, mike trout

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

MLB star Mike Trout is using a smart bat at spring training

“Zepp lets me look at my swing’s performance and progress so I can make the adjustments to improve at the plate,” Trout told Mashable. “For me, I want to have consistency throughout the season and this is the guide.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2016 at 06:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, technology

 

 

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