Mike Trout, Kris Bryant win baseball's MVP awards
For once, I have no quibble. Those guys have some career potential, eh? Bryant is 24. Trout, although now a wizened veteran and two-time MVP, is only 25.
Trout has a "black ink" score of 25 - categories in which he led the league. The average Hall of Famer scores 27.
The most similar batter to Trout through age 22: Mickey Mantle
The most similar batter to Trout through age 23: Mickey Mantle
The most similar batter to Trout through age 24: Mickey Mantle
Trout and Mantle were both stars at 20.
And they are VERY similar, except that Trout runs more. (If you had Mickey Mantle on your team, would you be giving him the steal sign, risking his knees and ankles by making him slide frequently? Nah. Although Mickey may have been the fastest man in the game, he stole only 153 bases in his career. Trout already has almost that many.)
Does that mean that managers should rarely ask Trout to steal? Maybe. Screw stolen bases. I'd want to make sure that guy is in the field and at the plate every day, and I'd probably cringe every time he went down for a slide. And he's not a limber little guy with a ballet dancer's body like some base stealers. He's dropping something like 240 pounds down to the ground. He was running less and less until this year, when he jumped back up from 11 steals to 30, and I expect him to run less in the future than he did this year.