Mike Trout was having his best season yet until he tore a ligament in his thumb on a slide into second base. However, even after missing six weeks, Trout is putting his name amongst the game’s greats.
On Monday night, Mike Trout launched a 457-foot bomb into the bleachers against the Chicago White Sox. Not only did it bring the Halos within one run of the White Sox, but it was The Millville Meteor’s 30th big fly on the season.
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This is Mike Trout’s fourth 30+ home run season, putting him in elite company. He joins Alex Rodriguez, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, and Jose Canseco as the only players to have four such seasons before their age-26 season. However, only Canseco and DiMaggio had fewer seasons to accomplish this. Mike Trout also did it in the fewest amount of games played.
Trout also joins Rodriguez as the only players in that group with at least 200 doubles as well.
This is just another addition to Trout’s lengthy list of accomplishments. He joined Barry Bonds as the only players to finish top-two in MVP voting in five consecutive years.
His career numbers have Trout lined up for the Hall of Fame. He is now just two home runs short of 200. If he can hit that number before the end of the season, he will fall into eighth spot for the youngest players to hit that milestone. He would fall right behind Frank Thomas and in front of Andruw Jones.
He sits at 688 career runs after his Monday home run as well. With six games to go, that is an unlikely accomplishment for this season. However, Mike Trout has shown Halo fans never to doubt him before.
Due to his injury and subsequent missed time, Mike Trout is unlikely to finish top-two in MVP voting this season. However, given his circumstances this year, he has still given Angels fans and the entire baseball world a great show this season. Maybe he can even work some magic and get the Halos in the playoffs.