Mike Trout Inches Toward Another Historic Moment Tonight in Seattle
Mike Trout has been the human highlight reel for the L.A. Angels virtually every night on ESPN, has been honored by his home town of Millville, has graced the cover of numerous sports magazines, and another record is about to fall in this historic rookie season.
Recently Trout reached a huge personal moment with his 30th Home Run, officially making the youngest player to be in the exclusive 30/30 Club (30 or more Home Runs with 30 or more Stolen Bases). The 2009 Millville High School grad is now approaching another milestone against the Seattle Mariners tonight.
Should Trout steal 2 bases tonight, he would become only the 3rd player in baseball history to have a 30 HR/50 Stolen Base season, and the 1st rookie to ever to achieve this rare feat (joining Eric Davis – Cincinnati Reds in 1987, and Barry Bonds – Pittsburgh Pirates in 1990).
The Angels have been unfortunately been eliminated from playoff contention, so Mike’s spectacular season ends on Wednesday. By Wednesday night, Trout should have the AL stolen base title locked up, he’s already got the major league best 129 runs scored with the next best about 20 runs behind him, and possibly the AL batting title.
Monday night, Trout collected 4 hits to keep within striking distance of Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers – trailing by only 4 points with his .325 average. Trout will need to be near perfect like Monday to catch Cabrera, and it will be fun to see if he can pull it off.