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
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
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 (one year ago) link
youngest to 200 HR/SB
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 1 September 2019 13:41 (one year 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 (one year ago) link
.@MikeTrout, BIG FLY. 😱 pic.twitter.com/aWex1Ximr5— MLB (@MLB) September 5, 2019
― mookieproof, Thursday, 5 September 2019 20:24 (one year ago) link
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 September 2019 16:30 (one year ago) link
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 (ten months ago) link
me: i want mike troutmom: we have mike trout at homeat home:
― I'm a board man. Board man gets paid (Will M.), Friday, 15 November 2019 02:36 (ten months ago) link
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
fwiw he tweeted yesterday that he hadn't heard anything about trout specifically https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EOgrTA4XsAIZkZd.jpg
― ℺☽⋠⏎ (✖), Friday, 17 January 2020 20:54 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link
stop it, world
― Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 17 January 2020 22:12 (eight months ago) link
can’t think of a reason someone would need growth hormone for a thyroid issue...??
― k3vin k., Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:24 (eight months ago) link
will carroll tweeted that thyroid issues aren't even covered by TUEs
bauer's friend tweeted this and then deleted both tweets:
Update: Bauer now, through his P.R. people, tells us that he said or meant to say that "IF" Trout has this exemption, he has a league-approved medical exemption. Bauer clarifies that he doesn't know whether Trout has one or not.
MLB and the MLBPA jointly released the following statement saying no player has ever received an exception for HGH under the current program.Basically, statements about Mike Trout using HGH and having an exemption for it are false. pic.twitter.com/EaND5zfC1n— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) January 17, 2020
― ℺☽⋠⏎ (✖), Saturday, 18 January 2020 01:24 (eight months ago) link
Lol I think he was maybe just repeating something that Scott Brosius’ kid tweeted yesterday.
― omar little, Saturday, 18 January 2020 01:33 (eight months ago) link
dang, didn't baseball twitter just get sonned by someone claiming to be beltran's niece, like yesterday?
― But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Saturday, 18 January 2020 01:46 (eight months ago) link
yo is it true baseball twitter got sonned by a alleged burner account after a mlb beef??????
― Andy K, Saturday, 18 January 2020 02:47 (eight months ago) link
beltran's niece actually turned out to be the burner of annoying twitter person IncarceratedBob
do keep up everyone, this is all very important
― ℺☽⋠⏎ (✖), Saturday, 18 January 2020 03:48 (eight months ago) link
One of the cooler things Mike Trout does every year: instead of having his Millville HS number retired, he comes back and gives it to the new captains every year. https://t.co/iNbhQOqIMA— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) February 6, 2020
― mookieproof, Thursday, 6 February 2020 20:59 (seven months ago) link
Mike Trout hitting rockets isn’t exclusive to the baseball field. pic.twitter.com/tuEyIzxqQ5— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) March 2, 2020
― mookieproof, Monday, 2 March 2020 15:26 (six months ago) link
― k3vin k., Monday, 2 March 2020 22:55 (six months ago) link
does anyone want to know what Trout's standout skill is?
If someone wants to know what Trout’s standout skill is, then, all you have to do is tell them he is more than twice as good at hitting pitches that are in the shadow of the strike zone as any other hitter in baseball. Tell them about how tough it is for hitters to hit pitches in the shadow of the zone, and how most of them cost their team piles of runs in those situations over the course of a season, and that Trout adds more value in what are supposed to be his least-advantageous situations than most hitters do in any situation, period. Maybe tell them about run expectancy, and how we’re not necessarily measuring Trout’s value in actual runs, but in perceived runs added in a context-neural, all-things-equal situation.
well, i think my job here is done.
Wait, that’s way too clunky. How many times are you gonna use the word “situation,” buddy? Sheesh. Instead, say Trout’s standout skill is dread. Say that there is a cliché that athletes and coaches often use about how if you come up with the right game plan and execute it, then you’ll be successful, only Trout is impervious to game plans. He succeeds against the types of pitches hitters are expected to succeed at, but he also succeeds where hitters are supposed to fail, and does so to an extent that is not replicated by anyone. Because of that, pitchers have nowhere to turn. Baseball is a zero-sum game; if Trout is never at a disadvantage, then the pitcher always is.
alright then, that does clarify things, so i'll just be-
Or you can just say he’s the best player in baseball. That stands out pretty well, too.
― let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Friday, 24 April 2020 04:23 (five months ago) link
those stats are really cool. I have to find sortable tables for all those zone stats
― k3vin k., Friday, 24 April 2020 05:36 (five months ago) link