The Lede: Trout Records 1,000th Hit; Who’s Next?

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Mike Trout Records 1,000th Career Hit. Who’s Next?

Yesterday, Mike Trout became the 23rd player in MLB history to record his 1,000th career hit during his age-25 season, joining the likes of Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Ken Griffey, and Miguel Cabrera, among others. It took the reigning AL MVP just 879 games to accomplish the feat.

Though he wasn’t the youngest (Ty Cobb did it at 24 years and 154 days old) or the fastest (Chuck Klein did it in 683 games), there’s a lot to be said about the achievement in this day and age when fastballs just keep getting faster. It’s yet another example of Trout proving he’s one of the best to ever play the game.

Trout is the youngest, but not the only player who’s going to reach 1,000 hits this year. Chris Davis is just 14 hits shy; Paul Goldschmidt is 29 short; Miguel Montero needs 36 more; and Kyle Seager is 43 away. They should all get to 1,000 this season, save for one guy. (As a backup in Toronto, Montero might not get enough plate appearances.)

Next year will be Bryce Harper’s age-25 season, and he currently sits at 779 career hits. Assuming he continues his pace this season and stays healthy, the once and future NL MVP should position himself around 840 career hits by the end of 2017, meaning he has a good chance to put his name alongside Trout and the other 22 greats, especially considering 2018 will be his contract year.

Takeaway: The next admissions to the 1,000-hit club aren’t overly relevant to your betting ventures, of course. But the return of Trout — who’s picked up right where he left off before his injury — sure is. Trout was having his best season to-date before a thumb injury forced him to miss a month and a half of the season. He’d be the runaway favorite for AL MVP if he’d been healthy all year. Since his return, the MVP chatter has picked up again. Should you buy in?

Not just yet. Though Aaron Judge has dropped off dramatically since the All-Star break, Jose Altuve has gotten better in the absence of Carlos Correa and George Springer, and the Astros are running away with top spot in the American League. The diminutive Venezuelan should be considered the favorite for the award.