Mike Trout is the game's best young player since Ted Williams

Friday September 20th, 2013
Mike Trout has combined power and speed in a way no young player ever has before.
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Player Age Batting Avg OBP SLG HR SB
Mike Trout 22 .317 .405 .549 61 86
Albert Pujols 23 .320 .398 .585 73 3
Alex Rodriguez 22 .315 .367 .540 61 46
Ken Griffey Jr. 21 .287 .355 .459 44 38
Willie Mays 24 .303 .379 .556 68 20
Mickey Mantle 22 .296 .381 .498 51 18

Rodriguez has one hit in his last 21 at-bats as he battles a calf injury. The more he plays, the more he breaks down, and the more he breaks down, the less he can play third base. The Yankees are getting a cold look into the future. If Rodriguez is indeed banned from baseball for 211 games for using PEDs repeatedly, or even if his suspension is reduced to a one-year ban in 2014, will the Yankees in 2015 welcome him back after a year thrown out of baseball and as he turns 40 years old? Or is it worth the $61 million left on his contract from 2015-17 to say "enough"? The look they are getting at him this month complicates that decision.

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