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  • Jackie Robinson
  • Mike Trout, Angels "Jay Jaffe: Trout's combination of power, speed and defense make him the game's best player by a wide margin; his 26.7 WAR over the past three years is about five wins ahead of second-ranked Jose Altuve. The gap would be wide had the Millville Meteor not missed six weeks in 2017 due to a torn ligament in his left thumb, interrupting what was shaping up as his best offensive season, not to mention his run of five straight seasons leading the league in WAR. As it was, he still set career highs in on-base percentage (.442), slugging percentage (629) and OPS+ (187) while leading the league in each category. Remarkably the possibility exists that the now 26-year-old is getting better. What’s more, Trout is clearly on a Hall of Fame track. Despite spending just six full seasons in the majors (plus a 40-game cup of coffee in 2011), his seven-year peak WAR ranks fifth alll-time among centerfielders, trailing only Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle and Tris Speaker. By the end of this season, he’ll likely rank seventh in JAWS, behind that quartet plus Ken Griffey Jr. and Joe DiMaggio. And again, he’s just 26."

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