April 12, 2021

Ten reasons Mike Trout, MLB’s best player of the 2010s, still hasn’t won a playoff game (ESPN)


Mike Trout has been baseball’s best player for nearly a decade and still has not won a postseason game. We know this, and yet the mere mention of it always seems to make our heads spin. Such a thing is actually a very rare circumstance, even within a sport that so greatly diminishes the impact of an individual.

Consider: Trout, still only 28 years old, has averaged nine Baseball-Reference wins above replacement per season since his rookie year in 2012, putting him on track for 81.5 WAR by the end of the 2020 regular season. Only 58 players have ever reached those heights, and only seven of them accumulated that much WAR before experiencing their first postseason victory. Four of them — Walter Johnson, Rogers Hornsby, Cy Young and Nap Lajoie — retired before World War II. The others — Robin Roberts, Ferguson Jenkins and Phil Niekro — were done before the 1990s.

Since then, Major League Baseball has added two divisions and four wild-card spots, creating an era when a third of the league’s teams makes the playoffs each year. In some ways, it has never been easier to reach the postseason. And yet Trout, on a track that could someday make him the greatest player in baseball…

Read “Ten reasons Mike Trout, MLB’s best player of the 2010s, still hasn’t won a playoff game” at ESPN