Mike Trout: Los Angeles Angels Should Trade Game’s Greatest Active Player
When people talk about some of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game there are plenty. Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Ken Griffey Jr., Jackie Robinson, and the list goes on. However, there is one player that many are not ready to place in this talk. He is probably the greatest player of his era. He is most certainly the greatest active player, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.
Trout is easily at the top of, not only his game but the majors as well. He made his MLB debut on July 8, 2011, and since then he has done nothing but overwhelm Major League Baseball. Trout his currently batting .314 which is good enough for 10th in the majors. He has 25 homers at the halfway mark. Currently tied for second. Trout only has 50 RBIs, however, that is representative of the poor team he currently plays on.
While all of this nice let us look at what Mike Trout has done over his career. He is in the top five of nine statistical categories.
Home Runs – 226. Good for fifth all-time.
Walks – 652. Good for third all-time
Triples – 43. That is good for second all-time
On Base Percentage – .414. Placing him second all-time
Total Bases – 2,124. He is at the top all-time.
Extra Base Hits – 487. Placing him at the top all-time.
Runs Scored – 763. Tops all-time.
OPS – .985. Also tops all-time.
Slugging Percentage – .570. Tops all-time.
These stats are up to date as of the time of this writing.
While there may be many younger players who are more popular, no one plays the game better than Mike Trout does.
The Los Angeles Angels are currently 48-46. That is good for fourth in the AL West. Although it may not be popular, a player like Trout may be the target of a trade deadline deal. A player of his caliber could bring in some nice young talent to the Angels organization.
Nevertheless, the Angels should look at a trade. It would not only help their organizations, it would do justice to Trout by giving him a chance at World Series. Somewhere the Angels may not see again in his career.
Mike Trout may not be the greatest player of all-time; however, he most certainly is the greatest player of his era. In addition, he is the greatest active player in the game today. Numbers do not lie.
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