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Mike Trout in the middle of his best offensive season ever

Mike Trout

Mike Trout has been the best player in baseball for at least the last five years, if not longer. He’s won two AL MVP awards and has finished second in MVP voting four other times. Despite all that previous success, 2019 is shaping up to be his best offensive season ever.

Trout smacked a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning on Saturday night to put his Los Angeles Angels up 5-0 on the Seattle Mariners. That was his 30th home run of the season, and he accomplished it in his 89th game of the season (the team’s 93rd), which is the fastest an Angels player has ever reached 30 homers in a season (besting his previous mark of 98).

As The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya noted, Trout is posting his highest weighted runs created plus per at-bat mark of his career.

Trout current leads the American League in nine categories: home runs (30), RBIs (75), walks (77), on-base percentage (.458), slugging percentage (.670), OPS (1.128), OPS+, total bases (207) and intentional walks (11). The most categories he’s previously led the league in is five (2017 and 2018).

The slugging percentage and OPS are the highest marks of Trout’s career, and he is on pace for a career high in home runs (his previous is 41 in 2015). He is the runaway favorite to win AL MVP this year.

Mike Trout: Shohei Ohtani has best power in the league

Shohei Ohtani

Mike Trout has seen Shohei Ohtani up close for over a year and believes strongly in his ability.

Trout is not participating in this year’s Home Run Derby during the All-Star Game festivities, but Ohtani has expressed interest in doing so. Trout believes Ohtani would win if he were to participate. Why? Trout believes Ohtani “has the best power in the league.”

That’s a heck of a compliment, especially when you have guys like Bryce Harper, Josh Bell, Pete Alonso and Nomar Mazara regularly slugging 450-foot home runs.

Ohtani is helping to prove Trout right. He homered again on Thursday night, giving him 10 on the season and 32 in his first 148 games. He’s been hot in June and has seven home runs this month.

Watch: Marcus Stroman called Mike Trout ‘best ever’ after getting him out

Marcus Stroman

Mike Trout and the rest of his Los Angeles Angels teammates had a tough time facing Marcus Stroman on Tuesday night, but the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher managed to let Trout know how highly he thinks of him in the middle of the game.

Stroman got Trout to fly out to the warning track en route to leading the Jays to a 3-1 win over LA, and cameras caught him telling Trout he’s the “best player ever” as the slugger made his way back to the dugout.

Stroman is one of the more animated players in baseball and can rub people the wrong way, so many thought that was his way of patronizing Trout after retiring him. However, Stroman took to Twitter after the game to reiterate that he truly does believe Trout can go down as the greatest player in MLB history.

Trout is certainly one of the best to ever do it. He’s abusing baseballs once again this season to the tune of a .294 average and absurd .462 on-base percentage and 1.092 OPS. He’s only 27, so he will certainly be in the discussion for greatest player of all time if that continues.

Stroman has gotten into it with some opponents this season, so it’s no surprise people thought he was heckling Trout. But in this case, he is probably telling the truth.

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.