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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Mike Trout

10 MLB players on track to reach the Hall of Fame

Clayton Kershaw

Though their careers aren’t yet over, there are a number of MLB players who have likely already done enough to punch their ticket to the Hall of Fame after they quit playing. There are other young players who have started promisingly, but a handful of veterans have really stood out and put together resumes that will be hard to deny when their names come up on the Hall of Fame ballot after their retirement. Some are still producing at a high level, while some are not, but all of them should be treasured as long as they are still entertaining us with their talents.

Here are ten active MLB players who warrant strong Hall of Fame consideration — if they haven’t all but clinched it already.

10. CC Sabathia, SP, Yankees

Sabathia has a clear Hall of Fame case, but it’s a somewhat murky one. His peak was certainly good enough, but his 3.69 career ERA is somewhat high for a Hall of Famer. And, despite some memorable postseason exploits, he doesn’t have the playoff resume to stand out, either, and only won the Cy Young once. Still, it’s easy to see how Sabathia gets in. His longevity and consistency ensure he should get to 250 wins, and he’s already surpassed 3,000 strikeouts. Plus, his history of clutch pitching — including his stretch run with Milwaukee — could play on voters’ minds.

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Watch: Mike Trout belts 473-foot home run

Mike Trout

Mike Trout absolutely destroyed a baseball on Saturday night.

Trout took an outside fastball from Kansas City Royals pitcher Jakob Junis deep to left field for a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, putting the Angels up 1-0.

The home run was estimated to have traveled 473 feet and had an exit velocity of 112.8 mph. It marked Trout’s 250th career home run with the Angels, which is the third most in team history. Trout is up to 10 home runs and 28 RBIs on the season.

His homer was somehow measured as traveling farther than Bryce Harper’s prodigious blast earlier in the day. 473 feet is the second-longest mark of Trout’s career since the Statcast era.

Tiger Woods sent Mike Trout box of golf clubs

Tiger Woods

One of the greatest golfers of all time sent a gift to one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

According to media members covering the Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout had a long box by his locker inside Angel Stadium on Thursday. The Los Angeles Daily News says the box contained two TaylorMade golf clubs.

Trout has never met Woods and was unsure how he got on the golfer’s mailing list, but he appreciated the clubs. He also told reporter JP Hoornstra that he’s a “big fan” of the golfer.

Tiger is coming off a win at the Masters last month, marking his 15th career major win and first since 2008. His huge achievement was recognized by athletes and teams across sports, with one squad even delaying things to watch him play.

Trout, a two-time AL MVP, is regarded as the best player in baseball and signed a $426 million contract extension that showed his value.

Woods, who is from Orange County (where the Angels play) is actually a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. But that probably won’t bother Trout, who has to feel good about getting a gift from the famous golfer.

Mike Trout improving, will join Angels on road trip

Mike Trout

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is inching closer to a return to action.

Trout was assessed again on Sunday, and his injured groin continues to show improvement. Trout is feeling good enough to join his teammates in Texas for their upcoming series there, and appears to essentially be day-to-day.

Trout hasn’t played since last Tuesday, and the Angels are taking it slow with him despite modest improvement since then. The updates continue to be good, and it sounds like he should be back within a week at the absolute latest.

Angels offer update on Mike Trout’s groin injury

Mike Trout

Mike Trout suffered a groin injury during Tuesday night’s win over the Milwaukee Brewers and said he was expecting to return to the lineup either Friday or Saturday, but the Los Angeles Angels are playing it safe with their $430 million man.

On Friday, the Angels said Trout has shown a reduced amount of swelling in his groin and is improving by the day. However, he will be held out until at least Sunday, when doctors will reevaluate him.

This sounds like a situation where Trout feels well enough to play, but the Angels see no reason to rush him back this early in the season. While he’s off to an incredible start with a .406 average, five homers and an eye-popping .592 OBP, groin injuries can linger. The Angels don’t want that happening, so they’re likely trying to be sure Trout is 100 percent healthy before he takes the field again.

Mike Trout targeting Friday return from groin strain

Mike Trout

Mike Trout is targeting a Friday return from his groin strain.

Trout left Tuesday night’s win over the Milwaukee Brewers after tweaking his groin in the second inning. He indicated after the game that the injury was not serious enough for an MRI, but the team is still holding him out on Wednesday anyway.

The Los Angeles Angels have Thursday off and then begin a 3-game series against the Cubs in Chicago on Friday. Trout hopes to be ready for Friday but says he will not push things if the weather is really cold.

Trout has been incredible this season even by his standards. He’s batting .406 with five homers, a league-leading 13 walks, a league-best .592 OBP (!!) and 1.529 OPS. His recent series against the Texas Rangers was one of the best ever.

Mike Trout does not seem concerned about groin injury

Mike Trout

Mike Trout was forced to leave Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning after he suffered a groin injury, but it does not sound like he is expected to miss significant time.

Trout, who injured his groin running to second on a fielder’s choice, left the game in the fourth and the Angels announced he should be considered day-to-day. After the Los Angeles won 11-8, Trout downplayed the severity of the ailment.

Considering Trout remained in the game for another inning and looked to be in good spirits after he was removed, it’s no surprise he isn’t concerned about the groin tweak. The star outfielder is off to a hot start with a .406 batting averaging and .938 slugging percentage, so the Angels will want him back in the lineup as quickly as possible.