If Mike Trout went an entire season without reaching base once, he’d still have a higher career OBP than Craig Biggio

If Mike Trout went an entire season without reaching base once, he'd still have a higher career OBP than Craig Biggio

  • To really appreciate Trout, it helps to appreciate just how incredible the Hall of Famers he is passing were, and to understand how it is plausible that Trout is already, actually better than they were.
  • Trout started this season with 64.2 career WAR. With another incredible April, he has passed seven more Hall of Famers.
  • How Trout is plausibly better, already: McCovey battled injuries his whole career, which had a few unfortunate effects: He played only eight full seasons; he was limited defensively and on the bases; and he had a couple of truly terrible seasons in the middle of his career.
  • How Trout is plausibly better, already: Trout is 27, with fewer than half as many career plate appearances as Dawson, but he’s already more than 100 walks past the Hawk.
  • How Trout is plausibly better, already: Trout’s MVP finishes have been just as consistent as Reese’s, except they’re higher: 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 4th, 2nd. Trout will likely pass Reese in career extra-base hits sometime in May. Reese’s finest season, by WAR, would be Trout’s seventh best.
  • The next five Hall of Famers Mike Trout is approaching on the all-time career WAR leader list.
  • How Trout is plausibly better, already: Snider’s best offensive season – 1954, when he hit.341/.423/.647 – was good for a 171 OPS+, 71 percent better than league average.