The 10 Biggest Sports Stories of Summer 2012

9. The Emergence of Mike Trout

Date4/28/2012
"The Mickey Mantle of Millville" is one of those special players that don't come around often. He's a five-tool player just like the legend in his nickname—Trout can run, hit for average and power, field and throw at a Hall of Fame level. He has taken the majors by storm and is looking to make history. Mike is having one of the best seasons ever by a non-pitcher according to baseball-reference.com's WAR statistic, which combines offense, defense and baserunning.

Through 101 games, Trout has a .340 BA (currently third in the majors), 25 HR, 74 RBI and 41 SB making him a lock for AL Rookie of the Year and a candidate for AL MVP. If he continues this pace, Trout will have one of the greatest seasons by an official rookie since the deadball era. The L.A. Angels now have two of the biggest bats in all of baseball. Too bad it hasn't translated into wins due to the team's subpar pitching.

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