Everyone with a brain knows that Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is on a tier of his own when it comes to pure baseball talent. And at the age of 28, Trout has already accomplished a ton, and he just added another trophy to his mantel.
On Thursday, Trout was named a 2019 AL Silver Slugger. This is his seventh career Silver Slugger award, and it must be noted that only two other outfielders in history have accumulated more: Barry Bonds and Manny Ramirez.
Even at his relatively young age, he's tied with Hall of Famers in Ken Griffey Jr., Vladimir Guerrero, and Tony Gwynn in Silver Slugger trophies among outfielders. That's some elite company for Trout to join after just eight seasons in an MLB uniform.
Oh, and he joins Alex Rodriguez as the only players in league history to win the Silver Slugger seven times by their age-27 season.
Trout notched this season's award by beating his fellow American League challengers by batting .291 with 45 home runs and a 1.083 OPS-- and this comes after missing the final month of the season due to removing a Morton's neuroma from his right foot.
We're witnessing a living baseball legend in Mike Trout, and he will quite likely have an AL MVP award heading his way later this week.