Players chasing some cool history

.900 miles: Trout is also well on his way to his third consecutive season with an OPS over .900. (He's at .979 at the moment). In case no one had mentioned this in the last 30 seconds, he's only 22 years old (for another day, at least). Want to know the only players in history who ever ripped off at least three straight qualifying seasons with a .900-plus OPS by their age-22 season? The complete list consists of Mel Ott (four in a row, 1928-31), Williams (1939-41) and Jimmie Foxx (1928-30). More information about their exploits can be found hanging in a gallery in Cooperstown, New York.

Extra credit: All right, here's one more. Trout needs just another 12 extra-base hits to reach at least 75 for the second straight season. Once again, the list of players as young as Trout who have 75 or more extra-base hits in back-to-back seasons does not include a whole lot of Jose Vizcainos and Nick Puntos. In fact, it includes just these three names: DiMaggio, Williams and Pujols. Any minute now, Trout will pull right in alongside them.

So think of the names that have shown up next to Trout just in the last few paragraphs: Ruth, Williams, Mantle, DiMaggio, Ott, Foxx, Pujols and Rose. Should we just start carving Mike Trout's Hall of Fame plaque now -- or wait a couple of weeks?

More historians on parade

And don't forget these guys:

Jose Altuve: How can you not love Altuve? He leads the American League in batting average (.337). He also leads the league in steals (44). And at 5-foot-6, he practically makes Dustin Pedroia look like Shaq. So how many men in the past 90 years have won a batting title and a stolen-base title in the same year? Exactly three: Ichiro Suzuki (2001), Jackie Robinson (1949) and Snuffy Stirnweiss (1945). So let's all pull for Altuve, if only because he'll give us another chance to say the name Snuffy Stirnweiss.

Aroldis Chapman: Here's something I've astutely noticed this year: Chapman strikes out everybody. All right, technically he doesn't strike out every hitter he faces. But he's come closer than any reliever who ever lived. He has whiffed 53.1 percent of the hitters he has pitched to. And he is averaging 17.6 punchouts per nine innings. If you're thinking both of those numbers are unheard of, you're definitely paying attention. In 2012, Craig Kimbrel whiffed 50.2 percent of the hitters he faced and K'd 16.7 hitters per nine innings. For now, he's the only pitcher in history to work 30 innings or more and strike out at least half the hitters who showed up in the batter's box against him. No one else has fanned even 45 percent. But Chapman is over 53 percent. That just isn't fair. His numbers for the season: 69 strikeouts, 16 hits. Seriously?

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