Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Trout, Jeter enjoy day of statistical bonds
By ESPN Stats & Information
Mike Trout grew up in New Jersey, watching and admiring Derek Jeter.
Little did he know that, in 2014, he’d not only share the field with Jeter, but share some statistical synergy in that year’s All-Star Game.
Trout was the most valuable player of Jeter’s final All-Star Game, and both played an integral role in the American League’s 5-3 win over the National League.
Jeter and Trout were the only two players with two hits for the American League. Trout claimed an MVP honor that Jeter won in 2000, the same year he won the last of three straight World Series titles.
Trout became the third player to have multiple extra-base hits in an All-Star Game before turning 23. The others were Ted Williams (1941) and Ken Griffey Jr (1992).
Griffey is the only player younger than the 22-year-old Trout to win MVP honors, having won that award as a 22-year-old (106 days younger than Trout) in 1992.
Trout also became the second player in All-Star Game history with a double, triple and two RBIs in an All-Star Game, joining Earl Averill of the 1934 Cleveland Indians.
The 40-year-old Jeter became the oldest player with multiple hits in an All-Star Game, passing Carl Yastrzemski (age 39 in 1979). The oldest Yankees player prior to Jeter was the third-oldest with multiple hits all-time, Babe Ruth (age 38 in 1933).
Jeter finished 13-for-27 in his All-Star career. His .481 batting average is second-best in All-Star Game history (perhaps appropriate for a player who wears No. 2). The all-time leader among those with at least 15 plate appearances is second baseman Charlie Gehringer, who hit .500.
Trout may surpass them both someday. In three All-Star Games, he’s 4-for-7 (.571) with two singles, a double and a triple.
Coincidentally, Jeter also had four hits in his first seven All-Star Game at-bats.
One player Trout beat out for MVP honors was two-time reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera.
Cabrera became the first Tigers player to homer in an All-Star Game since fan-favorite Lou Whitaker did in 1986.
It was a day for retro-Tigers celebration. Max Scherzer won with a scoreless inning of relief, the first Tigers pitcher to win an All-Star Game since Jim Bunning in 1957.
Twins reliever Glen Perkins, a Minnesota native, became the third pitcher to earn an All-Star Game save in his home ballpark, joining Mickey Lolich (1971 Tigers) and Kaz Sasaki (2001 Mariners).
The losing pitcher would have a Minnesota connection too -- former Twins reliever Pat Neshek, who grew up in Minnesota. He became the first Cardinals pitcher to lose an All-Star Game since Mort Cooper in 1943.