With each passing day, the
Wednesday, in the seventh inning of a game that had long since been drained of suspense, Trout made history by lining a home run into the shrubbery behind the center-field wall at
OK, so the record is a bit esoteric. But two of the names on that list, Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams, are in the Hall of Fame.
Trout could be there someday. And outgoing Commissioner
"Mike Trout is special," Selig said Wednesday during a brief stop at Angel Stadium. "We're lucky in this sport. We have great young players. And as sad as it is to see Derek go, we go through this every generation.
"Mike Trout is special. He's been great on the field and just as great off the field. So if he is the icon of this generation, I'd be very, very happy."
There is one big thing that separates Jeter from Trout: championships. Jeter has won five
"It's always cool to reach 30," the Angels outfielder said of his milestone shot. "But we have other things on our mind. We're trying to reach the playoffs."
And like Jeter, his childhood idol, Trout appears to be rising to the occasion, getting hot just when the
The A's trail the Angels in the division by a game with 30 to play.
Although Trout is hitting only .257 in August, with two hits, two runs and two runs driven in Wednesday, Trout is five for 11 with four runs three games into the Angels' homestand. He leads the team with six home runs and 18 runs batted in this month and is well on his way to career highs for home runs, doubles and RBIs.
"I feel good at the plate and I'm not chasing too many pitches," he said. "That's when I get in trouble, when I get too anxious and I chase."
Trout got a lot of help Wednesday with
His offense quickly got that run back in the bottom of third, scoring three times on a blooper by Trout, a run-scoring groundout by Albert Pujols and Hamilton's double off the top of the wall in center field that drove in Trout easily from second.
An inning later, Beckham extended that lead by driving a one-out shot into the Miami bullpen in left field for his first home run as an Angel. The Angels scored in the seventh, on Trout's home run, and in the eighth.
Santiago (4-7) was gone by then, having held the Marlins to a run through 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five in a row at one point and gave up only a walk between Hechavarria's home run and
The Angels went to the bullpen to protect the lead with