Millville, New Jersey, high school graduate Mike Trout is undeniably the greatest Major League Baseball player of the past decade.
Trout is the complete package, both on and off the court. His game on the court is stellar and there has not been a single instance in the spotlight where Trout’s personal/public conduct has ever been questioned.
Trout, although still at the height of his career, also became a statesman for the game. During the long collective bargaining process, Trout spoke out at the right time in an effective manner.
It was a pivotal moment of truth and Trout saw the gravity of the situation. This season was very uncertain until Trout went public and it’s no coincidence that labor peace and a new deal were reached soon after Trout made his statement.
Unfortunately, many on the East Coast missed out on much of Trout’s legendary major league career because he plays for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Trout worked very hard this past offseason to recover from a right calf injury he suffered while running the bases on May 17, 2021. Trout was producing MVP numbers before that injury didn’t stop him for most of last season.
It’s hard to see it that way because we’re living the story right now.
Trout is the Mickey Mantle of this era, without the bad behavior.
In his first 11 years, Trout produced some of the most prolific stats ever recorded in the history of the game.
Despite missing time in 2020 and 2021, Trout is a lock for first-ballot induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Trout has amassed a 9-year streak of brilliance that places him in the pantheon of the sport’s entire recorded history.
Cooperstown Credibility – The Case of Mike Trout (CF)
• Los Angeles Angels (2011-21)
• Quarry: .305 BA, .419 OBP, .583 SLG
• Career: 310 HR, 816 RBI, 1,419 Hits
• Career: 175 OPS+, 75.9 WAR (wins higher than replacement)
• Led the American League in OPS+ 6 times (led all of MLB 4 times)
• Directs all active MLB players in OBP and SLG (minimum 3,000 AP)
• Career WAR (75.9) is the 6th all-time best for MLB position players before his 30th birthday
• Career OPS+ (175) is tied for 5th all-time in MLB history (min. 5,000 AP)
• 3 times AL MVP (2014, 2016, 2019), AL Rookie of the Year in 2012
• AL MVP finalist 4 times (2012, 2013, 2015, 2018)
• 9 time All-Star, 8 time Silver Slugger Award Winner
Trout is a 3-time American League Most Valuable Player and a 4-time runner-up.
Due to injuries over the past two seasons, some mistakenly believe Trout has had an injury-prone career. Trout has only been on the injured reserve list 3 times in his entire career.
Here are some other fun facts about trout:
Only once in eight seasons has Trout failed to finish 1st or 2nd in MVP balloting. This is unheard of in the history of the game.
In a so-called “down” year (2017), Trout only played 114 games due to injury and still finished 4th in MVP voting.
In the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Trout finished 5th in MVP voting.
With Trout, we are currently living history and many don’t even realize it.
A local boy, now 30, Trout is a world-class superstar and the face of Major League Baseball.
Equally important, Trout never says or does the wrong thing.
We live in very troubling times. Our country is bitterly divided. There are very few role models left in society.
Mike Trout is a real role model.
In the case of Mike Trout, the good guys finish first.
Enjoy this ride while it lasts. It’s special and something like this never happens more than once in a generation.
THE SOURCE: Baseball-Reference.com
Millville High Alum Mike Trout through the year
55 New Jersey baseball players (photos of which Joe V was able to find)