Mike Trout. At the young age of 27, an age where most of us are still trying to get our shit together, people are already debating wether he is a Hall Of Famer.
Let’s start with his WAR, which is the best stat to look at to see how productive and valuable a player is (WAR compiles every part of a players game and compares it to the average production you will get from a replacement player at that position). Through 7 and a half seasons of his career (only played 40 games in ‘11) Trout has a WAR of 67.8, the player with the next highest in the league during that time is Clayton Kershaw with 44.3!
Trout has already surpassed HOF’s like, Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and Jackie Robinson, and e’s already got the HOF-caliber career WAR of 64.3. The only player in history with a higher WAR through the age of 27 is Ted (Expletive) Williams!
This season, barring injury, he will probably pass players like Manny Ramirez, newly Hall Of Famer Edgar Martinez, Derek Jeter, and Jim Thome. Ever heard of them?
Yes, I know it would be extremely difficult for him to total 182.5 WAR, and pass The Great Babino who currently holds the #1 spot, but I don’t think 10 seasons of 9+ WAR and a few over 8 is that unreasonable for a guy like Trout.
Trout vs History
It’s safe to say, that as far as WAR goes, Mike Trout is already up there with some of the all time greats.
Next let’s look at OPS, Trout has been top 5 in OPS in every season that he’s qualified, something that no other player has done in that time. His career average OPS is currently #9 all time, but he’s put up an OPS over 1.000 the last 3 seasons so that numbers only heading up.
Trout has finished 1st or 2nd in MVP voting every year of his career besides 2017 where he was 4th after missing about 40 games. He will likely add a few more MVP’s before playing out his $430 million dollar contract, which is pretty cheap if you ask me.
Mike Trout is a power hitting, base stealing, elite defending, on base machine and his consistent elite level of play will definitely get him into the conversation for best player ever, but if you ask me I don’t expect there to be much of an argument.
So if you live on the East Coast, and it’s 11:00pm think twice about turning off your TV and calling it a night. Go check and see if the Angels are playing, and take in the greatness that is Mike Trout.