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Mike Trout Is A World-Class Home Run Thief

The Angels are in a scrap to make the playoffs this season, and losing closer Huston Street hurts, but they still have the American League MVP favorite in Mike Trout. Trout has hit a career-high 40 dingers this season and has also, according to MLB’s Statcast, robbed the most as well. The best of these thefts was Jesus Montero’s three-run shot that he erased by getting a full three feet above the wall to nab.


According to Statcast, his run efficiency on the play was 97.7%. It’s easy to forget what a great fielder he can be, with his gaudy offensive stats, but Trout has not committed an error this year. Oh yeah, and he’s only 24.

Update (1:46 p.m.): A previous edition of this post said that the Angels would not make the playoffs. They are 0.5 games out of the wild card currently. We regret the error.

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