|Is Mike Trout the next Barry Bonds (pre-steroids)?|
Trout recently became the first player to ever have 20+ homeruns and 40+ stolen bases in his rookie season. Quite an accomplishment when you consider some of the great young phenoms to grace the field in a pastime that has lasted over a century long and counting. But if Trout reaches the 30 homerun mark and maintains his 1.011 OPS for the season, he will join Barry Bonds (1996) as the only players in MLB history to have 30 HRs, 40 stolen bases, and an OPS over 1.000 in a single season.
Remarkably, Bonds had two other seasons where he came very close to achieving this feat. In 1992 with the Pittsburgh Pirates he had 34 HRs, 39 SB, and a 1.080 OPS, and in 1997 he had 40 HRs, 37 SB, and a 1.047 OPS with the San Francisco Giants. Only two other players have come close: Ken Williams (1922) - 39 HRs, 37 SB, 1.040 and Willie Mays (1957) - 35 HRs, 38 SB, 1.033.