Is Mike Trout the greatest baseball player ever?
Entering the 2017 season, Angels center fielder Mike Trout is only 25 years old, but he’s already a five-time All-Star, two-time AL MVP and three-time MVP runner-up. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Trout has the highest WAR (Wins Above Replacement) in history through his age 24 season (48.5) — besting the likes of Ty Cobb (46.7), Mickey Mantle (40.9), Alex Rodriguez (38.0) and Ken Griffey Jr. (37.0) at the same age. That has also been the case following every full season of Trout’s brief but brilliant career (ages 20-24). Trout has already established himself as the best young player in MLB history and, in theory, is just now entering a ballplayer’s traditional prime in his mid-to-late 20’s. If Trout’s best is yet to come, he could certainly reach G.O.A.T. status.
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