Mike Trout has hit yet another milestone in his still-young career. The 29-year-old hit his 300th home run in Saturday’s game against the Houston Astros. There is plenty of time for Trout to continue his march up baseball’s record books but this is a worthy achievement on its own.
📢🚨TROUT HAS REELED IN HOME RUN NO. 300! LET’S CELEBRATE!🚨📢 pic.twitter.com/iVxX4IoKtQ
— Cut4 (@Cut4) September 6, 2020
Mike Trout Hits Home Run #300
There was some concern that Trout would get to 300 this year. The turmoil in the spring could have canceled everything before it began. He also could have opted-out before the year began while his wife was pregnant. However, none of the obstacles came to fruition or prevented the league’s best player from hitting yet another milestone.
The Los Angeles Angels originally selected Trout with the 25th selection in the 2009 Amateur Draft. He has played with the Angels every season with remarkable durability. Trout has played in at least 135 games in six of his MLB seasons. That excludes his 40-game rookie season and obviously he can’t reach that figure in an unusual 2020 season. Trout has a career slash line of .304/.427/.582. He is also creeping up the career WAR leaderboard. He recently passed Jim Thome and Larry Walker but he could pass more luminaries in the abbreviated 2020. Reggie Jackson, Lou Whitaker, and Johnny Bench are just some of the greats Trout could pass this season if everything goes right.
What This Means for the Future
This is just another indication that Mike Trout is one of the best players in league history. The 60-game season certainly hurts but there is plenty of time for Trout to keep dominating into his 30s. He has never led the league in home runs but he has led in many other categories to go with three MVP awards and eight All-Star appearances. Trout could end his career as the greatest post-integration player if he keeps producing.