Mike Trout turned 24 years old today. He continues to amaze the baseball world and is on pace to go down as one of the best players to ever play the game. So now we must ask ourselves: Is this what Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron, and Pete Rose were like when they were only 24? Actually, by the numbers Trout is on pace to be better than all of them!
Going into tonight’s game, Mike Trout had 130 homeruns, tied for the 4th most ever by a player before his 24th birthday. Barry Bonds, the all-time homerun leader hit 762 homeruns over the span of his career. Bonds hit 59 homeruns before his 24th birthday. Yes, you are reading this correctly, Mike Trout hit 71 more homeruns before his 24th birthday than the all-time champ did before his 24th birthday!
Mike Trout entered the game tonight with 689 career hits. Pete Rose, the Hit King, totaled 4,256 career hits. Before his 24th birthday, Pete Rose only had 311 career hits. Mike Trout out-hit Pete Rose by 378 hits in regards to hits before one’s 24th birthday.
Prior to turning 24 today, Mike Trout has compiled 375 career RBIs. The all-time RBI leader is Hank Aaron, who totaled 2,297 career RBIs. Before he turned 24, Hank Aaron accounted for 399 RBIs. Even though Trout trails in this category as far as pace goes, he only trails by 24 RBIs, which can easily be overcome.
Before tonight’s game, Trout had recorded a total of 1,265 total bases. Hank Aaron is the current all-time leader in regards to total bases. At this time in Aaron’s career, he managed to get 1,243 total bases, which is 23 less than Trout.
Mike Trout entered tonight’s contest with 449 career runs scored. Rickey Henderson, the all-time runs leader, scored 2,295 times throughout his career. Before he turned 24, Henderson scored 368 runs, which is 81 fewer than Trout has scored at this point in his career.
Trout walked 320 times prior to the start of tonight’s game. Barry Bonds is the all-time leader in walks with 2,558 career walks. Before he turned 24, Bonds only walked 161 times. Trout has walked 159 more times than Bonds did before he turned 24.
Mike Trout is very good. He is so good that in 30 years, he might be undeniably the best player to have ever played the game of baseball. As you can see, he is on pace to shatter many records that are held by some of baseball’s most historic names. At this point, we can only watch and hope that he stays healthy to leave his mark on some of baseball’s most prestigious records.