Here’s a brief piece from Baseball’s Winning Ways on one of today’s greatest baseball players:

 

Mike Trout

Mike Trout, the talented centerfielder for the Los Angeles Angels, is perhaps the greatest baseball player in the game today.  Trout is big, strong, and lightning fast. His accolades: American League Rookie of the Year in 2012; the Sporting News American League Player of the Year; two-time Henry Aaron Award for Best Hitter in the American League; Wilson Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 for an American League outfielder and the overall Defensive Player of the Year as well; three-time AL MVP; two time All-Star AL MVP; and eight-time AL All-Star.

On May 21, 2013, against the Seattle Mariners, the 21-year-old Trout became the y0ungest player in the American League to hit for the “cycle”—single, double, triple, and home run in one game. He had to hit a low pitch for the homer in the eighth inning to accomplish it. Trout is fast on the base path. He also throws out runners trying to advance too far on balls hit to his outfield position. And he has made spectacular catches at the wall to rob competitors of home runs.

Trout topped the AL in on-base percentage for four seasons. He was on top of the AL in slugging percentage for three seasons.  His career batting average is .304. He has ranked in the AL top ten for home runs five seasons, RBIs four seasons, and bases on balls eight seasons.  One of today’s best paid players is Mike Trout. Trout banked 17 home runs, 46 RBIs, and a .281 average in the shortened 2020 season.

Illustration from Bill Potter, Baseball’s Winning Ways, Copyright 2020, Sporting Chance Press

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