Forbidden Love: Mike Trout
Forbidden Love is a Cubs DNA series where our staff waxes poetic about a player on a team other than the Cubs. Maybe even one you think they should hate. In this installment, Staci gets all statistical over her adoration for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim which isn't even in Los Angeles County outfielder... Mike Trout?
"Stop it, Blogger," you might be thinking. "This is clearly a joke." Oh, but wait a second... I know why you're thinking that. Everyone knows that Mike Trout is the best player in baseball. If you look at his stats, you'll see that he has already amassed the highest career bWAR for a player his age, passing Ty Cobb who is second on that list. He already has a higher bWAR than several HOFers, including Derek Jeter who was set to be inducted this year. (Sorry Yankees fans! I just report the stats, I don't make 'em up!)
Yet somehow, some way, we still have people like this:
Oh man, and this knucklehead:
Yes, everyone... Mike Trout is overrated. Mike Trout is so overrated that he leads MLB in fWAR with 72.7 since his first full season in 2012. The next closest is Buster Posey at 47.1. Oh, and Altuve in that time, in 86 more plate appearances, has only been worth 34.8 fWAR. All apologies to Lissielys up there, who can suck it.
No trashcans necessary.
I'm honestly not sure what it is that blinds people to the greatness of Mike Trout. Is it jealousy? Extreme homerism? I mean, guys like Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger are great, but seriously... they're not Mike Trout.
What did I JUST SAY?!?
By any advanced statistical measure, it's hard to argue against Mike Trout being the best player in baseball. I would trade any Cub for him, and I don't care how many Cardinals fans wouldn't trade Yadi to get him. Sparkles? Yep. Rizz? Yep. Javy? When's the plane to SoCal leave? I also don't care that he doesn't want to be the face of baseball. Trout can go on being vanilla, rooting for his Eagles and doing awesome things like bringing attention to suicide awareness.
Seriously... if someone can't admit that Trout is the best player in baseball, I think it's time for them to rethink their life choices. Or at least, grow up and be an adult or something. Right, Fish?