Mike Trout needs his own thread

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WAR is live on our site and (no surprise) Mike Trout leads the majors

His 1.8 WAR in 12 games would pro-rate to 24.3 WAR in the course of a full 162-game season pic.twitter.com/b2DrrKI6l4

— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) April 10, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 16:43 (one year ago) link

Trout Neck Replica

Andy K, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 23:51 (one year ago) link

Mike Trout Walk Rate by season since 2014:
2019 - 26.5%
2018 - 20.1%
2017 - 18.5%
2016 - 17.0%
2015 - 13.5%
2014 - 11.8%

Teams are getting smarter apparently.

— Daren Willman (@darenw) April 11, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 11 April 2019 16:08 (one year ago) link

at this rate his 2030 season will feature four at-bats

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:57 (one year ago) link

As with Bonds, though, is there not a threshold where you're now walking the player too often?

clemenza, Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:55 (one year ago) link

well he's slugging .938 so far, so it doesn't quite make sense to walk him . . . but it's pretty close

mookieproof, Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:01 (one year ago) link

if there's RISP i imagine a .938 looks very walkable!

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boot Edge Edge" (Will M.), Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:06 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

This is the setup Mike Trout gets on a 3-0 count in a tie game pic.twitter.com/xj91tTRCj1

— David Adler (@_dadler) April 25, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 26 April 2019 20:48 (one year ago) link

Is Trout's drastically reduced strikeout rate--31 games, 16 K (against 31 BB)--an early-season fluke or a conscious change in his approach?

clemenza, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 12:23 (one year ago) link

...or a conscious change in opposing pitchers' approach? He's on track to log 33 IBB's this season (previous high 25).

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 13:25 (one year ago) link

Is Trout's drastically reduced strikeout rate--31 games, 16 K (against 31 BB)--an early-season fluke or a conscious change in his approach?

― clemenza, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 8:23 AM (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

honestly haven’t watched much of him this year but he struck out like twice in his first dozen or so games, so I’d bet he’s regressing back to near his normal mean

k3vin k., Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:01 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

attack trout on the outside outside outside corner, it’s the only way

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 16:44 (one year ago) link

it’s cool that he makes contact with 100% of the pitches thrown at his face

k3vin k., Tuesday, 4 June 2019 17:21 (one year ago) link

great article btw, don’t think I recognize the writer

k3vin k., Tuesday, 4 June 2019 18:39 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Ben Lindbergh:

Because he’s stopped swinging at the toughest pitches to hit but still attacks the fat ones—Baseball Savant says he’s swung at 80 percent of deliveries down the middle, his highest rate in the five-season Statcast era—Trout has also kept increasing his contact rates to new seasonal highs, even as the league’s contact rate has continued to decline.


a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 24 June 2019 20:30 (one year ago) link

this fucking guy.

― mookieproof, Sunday, September 2, 2012 4:09 PM (six years ago) bookmarkflaglink

omar little, Monday, 8 July 2019 00:31 (one year ago) link

Having a huge game.

clemenza, Saturday, 13 July 2019 04:22 (one year ago) link

While wearing Tyler Skaggs’ #45, Mike Trout hits a 454 foot home run pic.twitter.com/nsjJicTKLu

— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) July 13, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 13 July 2019 05:28 (one year ago) link

I somehow managed not to notice anything else about the game while posting about Trout.

clemenza, Saturday, 13 July 2019 06:17 (one year ago) link

that was quite the performance.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 13 July 2019 06:52 (one year ago) link

Temporarily joining Ruth, Bonds, Greenberg, Foxx, Williams, Gehrig, Hornsby in the 1.000 OPS club.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 18:00 (one year ago) link

I noticed that too the other day. I don't think it'll be that temporary, though, if you look at his career progression (new career highs four years running)--I could see him still being there three years from now.

clemenza, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 18:37 (one year ago) link

Another way, I guess, of saying he'll breeze right past the notion of peaking at 27. Of course, I guessed wrong with Pujols when he headed over to the Angels.

clemenza, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 18:39 (one year ago) link

Pujols was already having tons of problems with his foot before he left the Cardinals, even, and was much less of a complete, well-rounded player than Trout is. I wouldn't make any bets on Trout putting up 1.000 OPS in a few years, but he seems like he has a much better chance of it than anyone

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 18:50 (one year ago) link

also he has the advantage of a juiced ball

mookieproof, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 19:04 (one year ago) link

An oddity, looking at his career box: his seasonal high in total bases is 339, which I'm willing to bet would be the lowest mark if you looked at the 50 greatest hitters ever as measured by OPS+ or whatever you want. This is in no way a knock--it can easily be explained by all the walks he takes and the time he's lost to injuries. Just a quirk of the numbers.

clemenza, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 19:07 (one year ago) link

(Oh--and if you eliminate people like Dave Orr, because I've never heard of him.)

clemenza, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 19:08 (one year ago) link

Didn't have to look far for another walking-machine with fewer: Votto.

clemenza, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 19:10 (one year ago) link

is it too late to make a bet with you, though? ;)

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 19:10 (one year ago) link

keep in mind i only bet with space bux

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 19:11 (one year ago) link

I have already plowed through over $40 billion in my off-the-cuff I'd-be-willing-to-bet posts.

clemenza, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 19:17 (one year ago) link

Apart first half of Bonds’ career, Trout is the only one who is a legit great a defensive player in that list. Makes u think.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 01:01 (one year ago) link

Forgot Hornsby yikes!

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 01:03 (one year ago) link

i suspect ruth's pitching was more valuable than hornsby's defense

mookieproof, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 01:14 (one year ago) link

Hitting and pitching didn’t happen much at the same time that being said (iirc)

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 02:26 (one year ago) link

Within 0.1 of Bellinger on Baseball Reference's WAR leader board. I know the season doesn't really start for some until he takes over the #1 spot, so Opening Day is imminent.


clemenza, Sunday, 28 July 2019 14:28 (one year ago) link

happy 28th

1173 G, 1301 H, 278 HR, 198 SB, .306/.419/.582, 176 OPS+, 71.7 bWAR, 72.9 fWAR

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 13:15 (one year ago) link

Penciled him in for 12 more HR this year and tried the Favourite Toy calculator: 14% chance at 763 HR. Which is probably a little light, seeing as his HR rate may continue to climb for another two or three seasons.

clemenza, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 13:47 (one year ago) link

Mike Trout is now tied with Derek Jeter in career WAR via both FanGraphs and Baseball Reference. pic.twitter.com/OC6vat7vQY

— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) August 18, 2019

mookieproof, Sunday, 18 August 2019 22:52 (eleven months ago) link

Mike Trout just hit a baseball so far that Fox Sports West had the home run graphic up before the ball even landed. pic.twitter.com/dgSw1xALT6

— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) September 4, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 02:24 (eleven months ago) link

.@MikeTrout, BIG FLY. 😱 pic.twitter.com/aWex1Ximr5

— MLB (@MLB) September 5, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 5 September 2019 20:24 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

semi-doppelganger MIKE FISH, discussed on EW podcast yesterday


a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 12:55 (eight months ago) link

me: i want mike trout
mom: we have mike trout at home
at home:

I'm a board man. Board man gets paid (Will M.), Friday, 15 November 2019 02:36 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

Trevor Bauer tells me Mike Trout has an exemption from the league for therapeutic HGH for thyroid issue, and that players know this and generally don't care-- says there's a whole complicated process to qualify for such an exemption from MLB.

— Daniel Roberts (@readDanwrite) January 17, 2020

can't handle everything going on this offseason

fwiw he tweeted yesterday that he hadn't heard anything about trout specifically

℺☽⋠⏎ (✖), Friday, 17 January 2020 20:54 (six months ago) link

it'll be annoying if this ends up being a thing that follows trout everywhere

i know he had a thyroid issue before his rookie year that needed treatment, so if his exemption goes that far back i imagine it's legit and not "MLB protecting its best player"

℺☽⋠⏎ (✖), Friday, 17 January 2020 20:57 (six months ago) link

this really brings out the whole pro sports dumpster igniters

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 17 January 2020 21:06 (six months ago) link

Yikes. This is a chicken/egg slippery slope as PED abuse is aligned with thyroid issues, see Jason Giambi circa 2004.

Also reminscent of theories of Lance Armstrong's early career testicular cancer being a byproduct of his first doping programs and his numerous subsequent TUEs allowed as he was a survivor.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 17 January 2020 21:10 (six months ago) link

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