Baseball is about to be swirling with chaos. Dripping with it. There will be confusion and rage, tears and disbelief, disappointment and desolation. Nothing will make sense, no matter how long you stare.
Look, too, at what the players who have done this during the more modern era of MLB have gone on to do in their careers. Miguel Cabrera is just 34, but he’d be a Hall of Famer if he retired today given his 15 years of dominance. Alex Rodriguez might irk you, but he’s also an inner-circle talent who stuck around for 22 years and finished just shy of being only the fourth player ever with at least 700 homers. Ken Griffey Jr., Roberto Alomar, and Robin Yount are all Hall of Famers.
Edgar Renteria is the only oddity in this time frame, but he also started when he was 19 and reached 1,000 hits about the same time he was any good — no one was confusing him for the rest of this bunch even as he neared 1,000 hits.
This is probably also a good time to point out that while Trout’s achievement has been more of a rarity in modern baseball — the ‘50s alone had five guys debut who would manage 1,000 hits before their age-25 season ended — Bryce Harper is right there nearing the same threshold. Given Harper’s missed time in 2014 and a down 2016, he’ll be hard-pressed to get there, as he sits at 779 hits. A strong finish to 2017, though, and a 2018 a lot Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys like it, and we might be looking at 24 players on this exclusive list.
Gio Gonzalez has been eerily effective. Stephen Strasburg has been fine. They’ve Cheap Bruins Jerseys had injuries and inconsistency at the back end, but the starting pitching has been an overall strength.
Is Daniel Murphy still doing a Rod Carew impersonation?