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Another Trout article to fap to: This time on Grantland


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I liked this part:

"Trout lies somewhere in the Venn diagram where Mantle's skills and Mays's skills overlap...Well, consider this Trout's Corollary: Every once in a great while, a player comes along who is so preternaturally talented and so prodigiously prolific that comparisons to Mantle and Mays are warranted. They're almost mandated."

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"Trout's team hasn't won anything yet, because apparently it's Trout's fault that his front office, in consecutive offseasons, (1) traded for Vernon Wells, (2) signed Pujols to a 10-year, $240 million contract, and (3) signed Hamilton for five years and $125 million. The consensus in baseball at the time was that Wells had the game's worst contract; today, Pujols and Hamilton rank only behind Alex Rodriguez as the sport's most untradable assets."

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"Even assuming that Trout simply maintains a 10-WAR pace, he will rank among the 20 best hitters of all time by the time he turns 30. He'll break the top 10 by the time he's 33, the top five by the time he's 35. By the time he's 37, he'll pass Ruth for the most WAR by a position player ever. And about the time he's 38, he'll pass Ruth's combined WAR as a hitter and a pitcher to ascend the throne as The Greatest Baseball Player of All Time."

Arte better be prepared to offer Trout more $$ than the Albert Pujols. I don't even think Arte is incompetent enough to not realize how vital it is to lock Trout up this offseason.

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