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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Another Mike Trout is awesome note

By David Schoenfield

After going 2-for-5 with his 17th home run in the Angels' 15-8 win against the Rangers, Mike Trout is now slugging .600.

Here's the list of center fielders who have slugged .600 in a season (working backwards from most recent):

Jim Edmonds
Richard Hidalgo
Brian Giles
Ken Griffey Jr.
Brady Anderson
Fred Lynn
Willie Mays
Mickey Mantle
Hank Aaron (played more than half his games in center field in 1962)
Duke Snider
Joe DiMaggio
Earl Averill
Hack Wilson
Tris Speaker
Ty Cobb

Those 15 players slugged .600 a combined 35 times (as center fielders only). Mays did it six times. Of those 35 seasons, the three highest OPS+ figures all belong to Mantle (1957, 1956, 1961). Trout's current OPS+ would tie him with Mantle's 1955 season for 10th on the list. (All data from

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