Because this is the internet, unanimity on anything proves elusive. That Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, though, comes reasonably close to a sturdy consensus. You’re free to disagree, of course, because the freedom to be wrong is an important personal liberty.

As for Trout, he’s played five full seasons in the bigs, and finished no worse than second in the AL MVP balloting in each of those years. More to the point, he’s one month into his age-25 season, and he’s already topped 50 WAR for his career. In matters related, Trout’s a capable center fielder who adds value on the bases and puts up legendary numbers at the plate. You know all this.

What may go unappreciated about Trout is how consistent he’s been. He’s not only excellent, he’s ruthlessly excellent. This scribe has already written about how elusive consistency is at the highest level of baseball . Even among great players, the tidal steadiness of, say, Miguel Cabrera is elusive. Trout’s a fellow traveler. “He never has a bad month,” is something we say about such players.


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