We may read a lot about the most recent MLB Top 100 player list, such as Fernando Tatis being the best shortstop on the list despite committing 21 mistakes at the position the previous season. But the fact that Mike Trout is currently the #2 player is humiliating. Not for Trout, but for the league as a whole.
Mike Trout doesn't have anything to prove. He can retire right now and still be inducted into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. His stats speak for themselves. His career numbers are mind-boggling, slashing .305/.419/.583 with an OPS of 1.002. These statistics are from the 9-year and 11 seasons on the field.
Furthermore, Trout has a career WAR average of 9.6 and an offensive winning percentage of .797. In that last category, he is ranked number twelve all time. Trout is preceded on the list by legends, including Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantel, Lou Gehrig, and Ty Cobb.
The good news is that he is not finished yet. So there's a lot of Mike Trout to watch. Hopefully, we will also see him in the playoffs.
True, the three-time MVP appeared in 36 games last season. However, before his calf injury, his stats were MVP-worthy.
Trout was hitting .333/.466/.624 with an OPS of 1.090 and eight home homers. He also made the All-Star team for the eleventh time.
Indeed, his teammate had a successful season. As a result, Shohei Ohtani has received several honors, magazine covers, and video game covers.
In 155 games, Ohtani hit .257/.372/.592 with 46 home runs, 100 RBIs, and 26 stolen bases. He walked 96 times and struck out 189 times.
He also went 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 23 starts as a pitcher, striking out 156 batters in 130 1/3 innings. He also struck out ten hitters and gave up 98 hits and 15 home runs in 2027 pitches.
Shohei Ohtani became a national name due to his MVP performance last season, and he currently ranks first on the MLB Network's Top 100 players list.
He isn't the best player, to be sure. Mike Trout is.
Ohtani only had one outstanding season in 2021. However, his first year, 2018, was also not horrible. In 104 games, he batted .285/.361/.564 with 22 home runs, 61 RBIs, and ten stolen bases. He walked 37 times and struck out 102 times.
He made ten starts and finished 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings pitched. In 853 pitches, he also struck out one-hitter and allowed 38 hits and six home runs.
Mike Trout has been doing this for ten years with steady figures and will shortly smash records. So the fact that Trout is returning from an injury and is ranked second makes no sense.
It certainly gives the impression that this is a popularity contest. But we understand; Ohtani is unique. Nothing like this has happened since Babe Ruth. Of course, we all hope he continues to perform as well as last season. However, he is not Mike Trout.
This argument isn't a LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate. Mike Trout is, without a doubt, the Michael Jordan of baseball. The number 27 will continue to be worn on the backs of fans for a long time.