Since breaking into the league in 2012 Mike Trout has been on an absolute tear through the MLB. The fact in 2017 that we are still being surprised that he continues to improve and put distance between himself and the next best player in baseball. Trout should be a 5x time MVP already, well maybe a 4x MVP, but still you get the point. He's only got 2 right now, still at 25 years old I'm sure any baseball player would be happy with that. When you see someone putting up numbers like Trout, winning awards like Trout has, it should start becoming quite clear that Mike Trout is going to a very special player. I don't mean a special player in the league just for this generation, I mean a special player in the all-time history of baseball. We are currently watching a modern day Mickey Mantle, dare I even say it, a modern day Mickey Mantle that might actually be better.
Trout is going to be in the conversation when it's all said and done for the greatest baseball player ever. Trout has played 7 seasons in the big leagues, not a long time at all since he's got another 10-15 more years in this league. In just 7 seasons Trout has been able to rack up a 51.4 WAR. That's good for 9th among active players, a ridiculous feat since everyone ahead of him has played at least 5 more seasons than Trout, pretty absurd. To put things in perspective he's already got a higher WAR than Evan Longoria, Dustin Pedroia, Joe Mauer, David Wright, Joey Votto, and Matt Holiday, that's great company. If Trout continues this pace for the rest of his career he'll finish up with a higher WAR than Ricky Henderson, Lou Gehrig, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, and Ty Cobb in less seasons. That just goes to show how legendary Mike Trout has been to this point.
The crazy part is Trout is only 25, which means we haven't seen the best of him yet. If you think he's peaked, you obviously don't know how the game of baseball works. The more AB's, the more games, the better he will get. It's hard to imagine he can get better, although I can guarantee he will. This season will be his best yet, there's not a part of the plate that he can get too, you thought Pujols was a machine back in the day, well his teammate Trout might just be more of machine, and I'm sure he'd admit that. He makes play after play in the outfield, he's a nightmare on the base paths, and at the plate he's light years ahead of any other batter on the planet. He's also playing on a horrible team, imagine he had some protection in the lineup, and actually had runners on base to drive in, then Trout's numbers would be even crazier. Baseball needs to get this star in a bigger market than Anaheim before one of the greatest baseball players ever goes unnoticed for the majority of his career.
Oh yeah, and please stop being surprised that a 25 year old continues to improve at his craft, Lebron James is 32 and has never been better. I can see Trout following the same type of career path as Lebron, so when he's still getting better in 5 years don't be shocked. Trout is more than special, let's not act like we're surprised he's having the best start to a season in his already great career. Just enjoy the sight that is Mike Trout, let him build up his resume, and once it's all said and done we can talk about his place in baseball history. Let's not act like we're shocked he's improving that's just stupid, I'd hope he was improving, or else I'd be concerned that his mental approach to the game isn't quite as sharp as his physical approach. Fortunately for all us it seems his mental approach is just as good as his physical, so we got nothing to worry about.