The record will show 2019 going down as the best power season of Mike Trout’s Hall of Fame career. Sadly, he lands on 600 plate appearances and it was announced on Sunday that his season will end prematurely.
From the beginning, Trout proved he was still the best player in the American League. He finishes with 45 home runs and 104 RBI. While playing for a poor Anaheim team, Trout stole 11 bags, had an 8.2 fWAR, and an 1.083 which is just slightly less than his career best 1.088 from last season.
Furthermore, Trout scored 110 runs in 134 games. He should win his third Most Valuable Player Award in November; and will enter his age-28 season in 2020 as the best player in the sport.
Here’s what Trout had to say about shutting it down early to have surgery and get things taken care of.
“I’ve been dealing with it for like the last month, and it progressively got worse,” Trout said Sunday. “That’s what I said when they made the decision to just get it out. I was just tired of having to deal with it, having to come in and worry about my foot.”
Honestly, it sucks for a baseball fan who just realized he is not watching nearly enough Mike Trout while I can to get this news today. I make it my resolution for 2020 to not only watch him more, but to try to see him finally play in person whether in my home state on the one road-trip he makes here a year, or in Anaheim.
Get well soon, Mike. In my lifetime you’re one of the best aspects of the sport I love.