Mike Trout

Mike Trout is first rookie with 25 HR, 40 SB


In going deep again Tuesday night, Mike Trout became the 33rd player ever and first rookie to hit 25 homers and steal 40 bases in a season.

Trout, who just turned 21 this month, is also the youngest to accomplish the feat.

Trout is one of 10 players with 25 HR-40 SB seasons since 2000:

Vladimir Guerrero – 39 HR, 40 SB in 2002
Alfonso Soriano – 39 HR, 41 SB in 2002
Carlos Beltran – 26 HR, 41 SB in 2003
Bobby Abreu – 30 HR, 40 SB in 2004
Carlos Beltran – 38 HR, 42 SB in 2004
Alfonso Soriano – 46 HR, 41 SB in 2006
Hanley Ramirez – 29 HR, 51 SB in 2007
Jimmy Rollins – 30 HR, 41 SB in 2007
Matt Kemp – 39 HR, 40 SB in 2011
Mike Trout – 25 HR, 41 SB in 2012

Trout won’t get to 40-40 this season, though perhaps he could have had he been on the Angels’ Opening Day roster (the 25 homers have come in 106 games). He does have a real shot of becoming just the third 30-50 guy ever. Eric Davis (37 HR, 50 SB) did it for the Reds in 1987. Barry Bonds (33 HR, 52 SB) accomplished the feat three years later for Pittsburgh.

The 2005 White Sox continue to be erased

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We noted yesterday that in the rush to name the Cubs the saviors of Chicago sports fans everywhere, the 2005 Chicago White Sox — and the 1959 White Sox for that matter — are being completely overlooked as World Series champs and pennant winners, respectively.

That continued on last night, it seems as first ESPN and then the Washington Post erased the Chisox out of existence in the name of pushing their Cubs-driven narrative. I mean, get a load of this graphic:

Was there no one at the world’s largest sports network — not an anchor, production assistant, researcher, intern or even a dang janitor who could tell them what was wrong with this? Guess not!

Meanwhile, the normally reliable Barry Svrluga gives the Cubs the 2004 Red Sox treatment as a group of players who will never have to buy a drink in their city again. His story is better about keeping it franchise-centric as opposed to making it a city-wide thing, but whoever is responsible for the tweet promoting the story makes a Cubs World Series a unique thing for not just Cubs fans, but Chicago as a whole:

The White Sox play in the AL Central so I assume their fans have no love at all for the Cleveland Indians. But I can’t help but think a good number of them are rooting for the Tribe simply to push back against the complete whitewashing of the White Sox.

Kyle Schwarber is on a private plane en route to Cleveland

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 07:  Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on April 7, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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This is happening, people.

Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.

Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.

Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.