Angels outfielder Mike Trout’s sixth-inning two-run home run off of Astros starter Roberto Hernandez was the 100th of the 23-year-old’s brief career. Now with triple digits in homers and in stolen bases (104), Trout has become the youngest to join the 100/100 club, eclipsing — who else? — Alex Rodriguez, as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register notes. Trout is 23 years and 253 days old. Rodriguez was 23 years old and 309 days old at the time.
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Trout has, as expected, been performing at the plate, coming into the night with a .438/.500/.594 triple-slash line with one home run, four RBI, and two stolen bases. The defending American League MVP, Trout accrued 28.2 Wins Above Replacement through the 2014 season (his age-22 season) according to Baseball Reference. Through Rodriguez’s age-22 season, he had compiled 22.9 WAR.
Update (10:40 PM EST): Trout, like Rodriguez, has also homered twice tonight. Trout added a three-run home run in the eighth inning off of Chad Qualls.
Didi Gregorius will wear a mask during games this year. That’s what the Phillies infielder tells the Philadelphia Inquirer:
“We are trying to go through the guidelines and trying to do everything we can do to stay safe, so, that’s why people see me walking around with a mask on and stuff. I am keeping myself safe, wearing a mask everywhere I go. So, I have to keep it on me all the time.”
Gregorius will wear a mask both while batting and out in the field, he said.
A big reason for it is that he has a chronic kidney condition which makes him “high risk” under Major League Baseball’s safety protocols. He could opt out if he wanted to but Gregorius, who signed a $14 million deal with the Phillies last winter, is a free agent again this coming offseason. He is coming off of a down year in 2019, having hit .238/.276/.441 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI across 344 plate appearances. Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2018 and didn’t make his 2019 season debut until June 7. A big reason he took a one-year deal was to reestablish his value for next season’s go-around on the free agent market and he doesn’t want the long layoff going into what could be his last significant payday.
Major League Baseball is not requiring players or umpires to wear masks on the field during games or practices, though it is reportedly looking into clear face shields for home plate umpires to wear under their usual protective masks.
Gregorius will wear a mask to keep himself safe, he said, but he also notes in the article that “I think it adds safety for everybody, for me and people around me.” Here’s hoping, given his vulnerability, everyone around him is being as safe as he is.