Baseball is a young man’s game. There aren’t many players still producing into their forties. Raul Ibanez is not “many players.” If you wondered who authored the best age-41 season in baseball history, you might be surprised to learn that Raul Ibanez is in there with a shout.
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Posted by Drew Fairservice under Los Angeles Angels, Trades And Signings on Dec 18, 2013
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Trades And Signings on Dec 10, 2013
A rather dramatic three-team deal just threw the Winter Meetings into gear, with the Angels shipping out slugger Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with two players to be named later, Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago of the White Sox headed to Anaheim and Adam Eaton on his way to Chicago.
It’s a big deal, as the Angels had so little room to maneuver they needed to make any deal involving Mark Trumbo. The Orange County native, an useful power hitter about to get more expensive as he hits arbitration for the first time, represents tantalizing power from the right side of the plate. It was too much for Arizona to resist, as they give up a stalled pitching prospect and their exciting center fielder to get the ever elusive right-handed power bat.
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout, My Approach on Sep 19, 2013
Mike Trout is the best player in baseball. Even if you don’t agree, you would have a hard time mounting a vigorous disagreement that he ranks any lower than second. He might not be as good a hitter as Miguel Cabrera right now but, at 22-years old, the gap is more narrow now than you think.
Mike Trout turned 22 in August, which makes 2013 his “age-21″ season. Among all players in the history of the game, Mike Trout ranks among the very best, ever, at this point in his career. His OPS ranks fourth behind Ted Williams, Mel Ott, and Jimmie Foxx (inner circle Hall of Famers all.) His OPS+, which adjusts for era and league? First. None better through age 21. Zero.
We could keep going all day long. Batting average? 7th best at this age. On base and slugging percentage? Top five each. He is on a historical trajectory that could well see him end up as one of the best players in history. Obvious hyperbole, but Trout keeps playing at such a level as to render no hyperbole off limits. All bets are off.
Even without considering his age, the things he’s doing (or has already done) in his career puts him in extremely exclusive company. How many (Live Ball era) center fielders can say they put up seasons with an OPS+ higher than 165 in their careers more than once? Nine.
|1||Willie Mays||7||1954||1965||23-34||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Mickey Mantle||7||1955||1964||23-32||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Joe DiMaggio||4||1937||1941||22-26||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Tris Speaker||4||1920||1925||32-37||Ind. Seasons|
|5||Ken Griffey||3||1993||1997||23-27||Ind. Seasons|
|6||Ty Cobb||3||1921||1925||34-38||Ind. Seasons|
|7||Mike Trout||2||2012||2013||20-21||Ind. Seasons|
|8||Bobby Murcer||2||1971||1972||25-26||Ind. Seasons|
|9||Duke Snider||2||1954||1955||27-28||Ind. Seasons|
How many can say they did so (OPS+ > 165) with 25 home runs and 25 steals? Only three center fielders accomplished this feat. Just one player did it twice: Mike Trout.
|1||Mike Trout||2||2012||2013||20-21||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Matt Kemp||1||2011||2011||26-26||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Willie Mays||1||1957||1957||26-26||Ind. Seasons|
We could sit here all day and create imaginary buckets in vain attempts to place Mike Trout’s young career into context. Most people get it by now: he’s really good. You know the “whats” of his accomplishments and the “whos” of his statistical peer group. What you might not know is the how. I spoke with Mike Trout about how he does what he does in this edition of My Approach.
Posted by Riley Breckenridge under Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, The Battle of Los Angeles on Aug 27, 2013
A #DADLAP, butt-chin, mullet combo conveniently bundled up into a ridiculously catchy 80s pop song. How could you possibly resist? Something tells me that few did, and Huey spread “the news” and other things, before/during/after this video shoot. What a guy. And how great is that song?! #DADROCK
That said, after 38 years of existing on this planet, I have finally realized that Huey Lewis is fucking awesome … which means that I’ve almost completed my transition from rebellious eternally-teenaged band dude to becoming my dad. Pretty soon I’ll be delivering State of the Union addresses at the dinner table, citing W-L records in baseball conversations and wearing my pants pulled up to my tits. #DADLAP
On a less depressing note …
Posted by Riley Breckenridge under Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, The Battle of Los Angeles on Aug 20, 2013
Your 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Week That Was
LAA – 2-5 (Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds as of 8/13: 0.0%.)
That’s ZERO for those of you keeping score at home. For the rest of you, it’s also ZERO.
Posted by Riley Breckenridge under Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, The Battle of Los Angeles on Aug 13, 2013
I haven’t listened to this entire song in … maybe forever. And I’ve realized that the only part we ever hear during Los Angeles sporting events is the “best” part. And by “best”, I mean “least awful” part. I know this might fall on deaf ears, but I’m of the opinion that the song in its entirety is an absolute mess (and I won’t even comment on the video). Lounge-core intro? Check. Calypso interlude? Check. Prog/Space-rock bridge? CHEEEYECK. Ugh. It’s fucking awful.
Los Angeles in 2013 is traffic and traffic and more traffic and missed appointments/reservations and clearing your schedule to do ONE THING because of traffic and some more traffic and no parking and even more traffic. If you had the good fortune of being loaded (with money, coke and booze and limo drivers) in the 80s, I’m sure it was an full-blown party. Now, it sucks all of the balls.
Posted by Riley Breckenridge under Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, The Battle of Los Angeles on Aug 06, 2013
Yup. You just got Bon Jovied.
(Has anyone every seen Jon Bon Jovi and Ellen DeGeneres in the same room? I didn’t think so.)