Mike Trout and the best 22-year-olds in baseball history

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As a follow-up to the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, being named the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star game, here’s a numbers-based reminder of how amazing he’s been prior to last night.

In the entire history of baseball, here are the career leaders in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) through age 22:

25.8 – Mike Trout
25.5 – Ty Cobb
23.6 – Ted Williams
23.5 – Mel Ott
22.9 – Alex Rodriguez
21.3 – Ken Griffey Jr.
21.0 – Al Kaline
20.9 – Jimmie Foxx
20.1 – Mickey Mantle

Note: Trout still has another half-season to add to those “through age 22” numbers.