Perhaps as much as anybody in baseball history, Mike Trout is ready for his close-up.
In a week, the playoffs start. Trout's Angels are part of them, a substantial part if their probably best-record-in-baseball finish is any indication.
Trout is no secret. He turned 23 on Aug. 7 and already has numbers comparable to the early starts of Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams. He was the league's rookie of the year in 2012 in the easiest decision voters ever had to make, and has been runner-up for most valuable player the last two seasons.
He made the All-Star game in his first season, not long after he started to shave, and was the game's MVP this year in his third...