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Of course he did: Mike Trout homered on his 21st birthday

Aug 8, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Because simply being the best player in the league as a 20-year-old wasn’t nearly enough for Mike Trout, the Angels outfielder celebrated his 21st birthday last night by homering against the A’s.

ESPN’s stats department found that Trout joins Ted Williams, Frank Robinson, Alex Rodriguez, and Jason Heyward as the only players to homer on their 21st birthday since 1939.

Which goes nicely with Trout joining Williams, Rodriguez, and Mel Ott as the only 20-year-olds with an OPS above 1.000.

Trout has played 88 games since being called up by the Angels in late April and prorating his numbers for a full, 162-game season looks like this: .348 batting average, .409 on-base percentage, .601 slugging percentage, 1.009 OPS, 37 homers, 38 doubles, 10 triples, 68 walks, 66 steals, 110 RBIs, 161 runs.


  1. elgorditodehumboldt - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Forget ROY and MVP….Mike Trout for President!!!

    • Ben - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      If you figure Mitt Romney is basically a replacement-level presidential candidate, Trout is probably least 2-3 CAR (candidates above replacement). And Mike Trout would probably release his tax records.

    • Joe - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      Unfortunately, he’s not eligible for another 14 years.

      • Ben - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        Yeah, Mitt Romney is that bad a candidate that an ineligible Mike Trout is still better. I mean, agree with his politics or not, he’s still a terrible candidate. Your opponent is accusing you of being an out of touch rich guy with no real idea of what it is to be an ordinary American, so what do you do? Enter your fancy prancing pony in the Olympics. Awesome.

  2. number42is1 - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    He’s very good…. no doubting that… how about we give this kid more than just a few months before we declare him the best thing since sliced bread?

    side note: why is sliced bread so great anyway? I mean its ok and all… but its not like when Fire was created or the car… i mean do you mean to tell me that for years and years folks were just ripping off pieces of bread and never thought of using a blade to cut it?

    • Joe - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Nobody said he’s the best thing since slice bread. They said he’s the best thing since Alex Rodriguez.

      And pre-sliced bread – huge time saver. And you avoid that issue of cutting slices that are really thick at the top and razor-thin at the bottom. Uniform slices FTW.

      • number42is1 - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        I could be wrong but Arod was supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread so if a = b and b = c than a = c.

        and like i said im all for sliced bread but it did not take a rocket scientist to figure out… i mean Fire is something else. I just dont get it

    • seitz26 - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Well, presumably fire was invented/discovered before sliced bread (and bread in general). If we said he was the best thing since fire, that would mean we were saying he’s better than sliced bread, and let’s be serious, he’s good, but not quite sliced bread good.

      • itsonlyaspeedbump - Aug 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        maybe the best thing since PB&J, but sliced bread? Tsst. Please.

    • brewcrewchamps - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      Why? Nobody waited for Bryce Harper to call him the best ever.

      At least this one is proving himself legit

    • lostsok - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      While fire is nice, have you ever tried to make toast from a lump of torn off bread?

      Fire was nothing before the slice.

  3. SmackSaw - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    I like how the Angels merchandise department has taken the old Tim Salmon hats and recycled them as Trout hats. He’s the best player in MLB.

    • icanspeel - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      Seems the Angels do well with players with fish last names, they should try to land a Bass next.

  4. phillyphever - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:53 AM


  5. sheriffpeyton18 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    It was awesome to see Trout, Harper, Crawford, and Middlebrooks play on the same team last fall in the AZL. History in it’s infancy!!!

  6. randygnyc - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Hey Ben, you should be less concerned with what Romney does with his own money and more concerned with what Ba’raq does with ours. And yes, I’m making a pretty big assumption that your part of the 50% that contributes to the society rather than having the taxpayers pay all your bills.

    • lostsok - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      And THIS is the problem with making political comments, even good-natured ones in jest, in the comments section of a sports column. It brings out the extremists. And then the extremists on the OTHER end will get butthurt and start calling Mitt “RMONEY” and a fun sports board becomes boring and tedious.

      If you have opinions about politics, there are HUNDREDS of places to post where people want to read them. For the love of Trout, go there and post your guts out.

  7. unlost1 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    like an idiot i dumped him from my fantasy team

    • elgorditodehumboldt - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      I dumped him after his first few games (scared I’d see a repeat of last year), but then I was lucky enough to pick him right back up.

    • yahmule - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      I drafted and stashed him on most of my teams, which is making this my best season in years. The first month of the season when Trout, Jansen and Chapman were chained to my bench was difficult. It was hard to pick who I hated more between Scioscia, Mattingly and Baker. I also traded Lincecum, Heyward and Jim Johnson for Trout and Altuve shortly after he arrived in Anaheim.

      Isn’t hearing about other people’s roto teams fascinating?

    • lostsok - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      People made fun of me for drafting him 2nd round. “He’d have been there in the 10th you moron.” I’m in first place by a mile….

  8. clydeserra - Aug 8, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    That is great and all, but he also struck out 3 times, including the game’s first and last out.

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