Mike Trout has become the model for consistency in the MLB throughout his remarkable career. The LA Angels star outfielder has garnered his colleague’s highest respect that earned him the recognition as the game’s best player. Trout’s path in the majors has placed him on a historic pace that has resulted in landing in the record books on many occasions. The three-time AL MVP has reached yet another feat that has put him ahead of Hall of Famer Willie Mays.
Mike Trout’s illustrious MLB career
Through his first eight-plus seasons in the majors, Mike Trout has put together an illustrious career with a first-ballot Hall of Fame trajectory.
Trout has become the epitome of a franchise player behind his five-tool ability. Since the 2011 season, Trout has racked up eight All-Star Game selections, three AL MVP awards, seven Silver Slugger Awards, and AL Rookie of the Year honor. It includes him finishing second in the voting for the AL MVP four times over that span.
The 29-year-old has earned tremendous respect from his peers while being held as the game’s best player. He has put forth highly consistent production throughout his career that has continued to put him in the MLB record books. Trout has accomplished that again after his latest feat that pushed him past “The Say Hey Kid” Willie Mays.
Mike Trout just set another MLB record
With each passing season in Mike Trout’s career, he continues to add impressive individual feats to his remarkable resume.
Trout accomplished that once again on Sunday as he became the Angels’ all-time leader with 300 career home run surpassing former franchise great Tim Salmon. The moment also featured him moving ahead of Hall of Famer Willie Mays as the fastest to reach 300 home runs and 200 stolen bases.
The fact that he moved ahead of Mays, who is regarded among the greatest baseball players ever, certainly says much about the caliber of player that Trout is. He continues to move at a historic pace, garnered tremendous respect from his peers on his path toward potentially becoming the baseball GOAT.
Trout has racked up numbers across the board that has put him in the record books in many regards. The pace that he’s worked his way to should see him add many more feats to his resume over the rest of his career.
Angels hoping to make playoff push
The Angels have gone through nothing short than a rough start to the shortened 2020 season.
LA remains well out of the extended playoff picture, currently sitting at a 17-25 record through the first 42 games played. The Angels’ playoff hopes are bleak with 18 games remaining, but an active five-game winning streak has kept those aspirations alive. It has pushed them 5.0 games behind the New York Yankees for the final postseason spot.
Trout has been the anchor for their offensive production, but star third baseman Anthony Rendon picks it up as of late. Rendon is batting .300 with two home runs and five RBI in 20 at-bats in September’s first five games. That said, the Angels’ bullpen has been their Achilles heel through the 2020 campaign. The team will need some steady performance from that unit to make a real push.
LA has a long shot at reaching the playoffs, but their recent surge led by Trout’s performance has given them a chance to snap their six-year postseason drought.