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Mike Trout surprises young fan with gifts

June 10, 2015

Tucker Vasher is a big fan of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.

Vasher, who suffers from brittle bone disease, received a surprise from Trout just days before he underwent surgery.

And it was a pretty awesome surprise . . . 

"This is like the the greatest day of my life," Vasher said.

The two are friends on Twitter and occasionally message back and forth about Vasher's progress.

Trout is tied for third in the American League with 16 home runs, and he clearly knocked another one out of the park with this gesture.

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We knew Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was good at drawing walks, but this is ridiculous.

Yes, during Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, Votto took a ball to reach a 3-2 count ... but was awarded a walk and, as a result, headed to first base. No one seemed to notice the error.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, this stemmed from an extra ball being added to the stadium scoreboard. It even had the TV play-by-play crew fooled.

And although it likely didn't influence the final outcome too much -- the Reds won 8-2 -- it did come as part of a six-run seventh inning. So ... perhaps Votto's otherworldly walk-drawing did give Cincinnati an edge?

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Cardale Jones appears to be enjoying the fame that comes with winning the first College Football Playoff.

The Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback attended Wednesday's Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal between the Chicago Bulls and his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. And although it did result in some beef with Joakim Noah, Jones got a chance to hype up the crowd during the Cavaliers' comprehensive victory.

Jones wasn't done. Ever the active tweeter, he took to social media Thursday and:

Jones' complaint stems from running back Ezekiel Elliot's throwing out the first pitch at a St. Louis Cardinals game Tuesday.

Elliott noticed the complaints, and wasn't about to be humble.

Thirsty? Perhaps. But apparently it worked!

H/T For The Win

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Wednesday is Willie Mays' 84th birthday. The Say Hey Kid now shares his fourth-place spot on the all-time home run list with Alex Rodriguez, but no one thinks that diminishes his legacy in any way. Let's not forget that the man's average batting line over 22(!) seasons was 36 home runs, 18 steals and a .941 OPS. He remains one of the best players of all time -- if not the best.

In Mays' honor, here's a ranking of the best center fielders in MLB history:

10. Kenny Lofton

Kenny LoftonRick Stewart/Getty Images

A leading candidate for "most underrated career," Lofton had a seven-year peak when he averaged 56 stolen bases, a .384 OBP and 105 runs scored per season. He remained a solid and effective player all the way through his final season.

9. Andre Dawson

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A fearsome player both at the plate (438 career home runs) and on the field (eight Gold Glove awards). Dawson's lone MVP season -- when he hit 49 home runs -- came a year after he left the Expos.

8. Carlos Beltran

Carlos BeltranJim McIsaac/Getty Images

A rare five-tool player, Beltran's legacy will likely rest on his legendary postseason numbers -- he's got a .333 average and 16 home runs in 51 postseason games.

7. Duke Snider

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Part of a squad that helped bring the Dodgers two World Series titles, Snider had a bizarrely lengthy wait to get into the Hall of Fame -- though he was eligible in 1970, the BBWAA didn't consider him worthy of induction until 1980.

6. Joe DiMaggio

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DiMaggio might not have been the best defensive center fielder in his family -- that title goes to either his brother Dom or his brother Vince -- but he still had an exceptional glove. He was notoriously difficult to strike out -- he only has eight more strikeouts (369) than home runs (361).

5. Ken Griffey Jr.

Ken Griffey, Jr.AP Images/Ann Heisenfelt

Griffey likely would have made a serious run at the all-time home run record if his career hadn't been plagued by injuries. As it is, he ended up with 630, which shows you just how good he was.

4. Mickey Mantle

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Another player whose injuries curtailed his enormous potential, Mantle won the Triple Crown in 1956, hit 536 career home runs and won three MVP awards.

3. Tris Speaker

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Speaker hit an astounding 792 doubles in his career, including one season when he smacked 59. Speaker ranks sixth all-time with a .345 batting average.

2. Ty Cobb

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Cobb led the league in batting average an astounding 12 times, including two seasons when he hit above .400. His .366 lifetime average is still first all-time, and his 897 steals are good for fourth place.

1. Willie Mays

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Who else could it be, really? Mays was phenomenal at every aspect of the game -- he won 12 Gold Gloves, led the league in home runs and steals four times each, batted .302 for his career and won two MVP awards.

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Friday is Chipper Jones' 43rd birthday, and though the Braves legend hasn't played in the majors since his 2012 retirement, it's still easy to picture him mashing home runs in an Atlanta uniform. Jones was one of the best sluggers of his generation, and the fact that he was a switch-hitter made him all the more valuable.

In Chipper's honor, here are the best switch-hitters in MLB history:

10. Lance Berkman

Lance BerkmanAP Photo/Denis Poroy

Berkman spent most of his career knocking around the National League, recording three seasons above 1.000 OPS in his first 10 years.

9. Frankie Frisch

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Among the players on this list, Frisch has the highest batting average, and he has the rare distinction of hitting more triples than home runs in his career.

8. Roberto Alomar

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One of the steadiest hitters in baseball for many years, Alomar smacked 504 doubles and stole 474 bases in his 17-year career.

7. Bernie Williams

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A major reason why the Yankees won so many titles in the late '90s, Williams just recently retired officially -- after not playing since 2006.

6. Carlos Beltran

Carlos BeltranAdam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports

Beltran still hasn't won a World Series in his distinguished MLB career, but that hasn't been for lack of trying -- he has a postseason OPS of 1.128 and is ninth on the all-time postseason home run leaders list.

5. Tim Raines

Tim RainesRonald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty ImagesTim Raines is often cited as the second-greatest leadoff hitter in MLB history.

Raines continues to slowly creep up the Hall of Fame vote percentages list, although it's odd he's not in already -- he's likely the second-best leadoff hitter of all time, behind the incomparable Rickey Henderson.

4. Eddie Murray

Eddie MurrayRon Vesely/Getty Images

Weird stat: Eddie Murray is the all-time MLB leader in sacrifice flies, with 128 -- one ahead of fellow Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. We're sure Murray's 504 home runs made a slightly bigger impact, but still, every little bit counts.

3. Pete Rose

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The all-time leader in hits, Rose was a three-time batting champ and the 1973 MVP.

2. Chipper Jones

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Always an exceptional hitter, Jones enjoyed something of a late-career renaissance -- he had a three-year stretch from 2006 to '08 (ages 34 to 36) when his OPS eclipsed 1.000, and he won a batting title in '08 with a .364 average.

1. Mickey Mantle

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Mantle would rank pretty high on any list related to offensive prowess, and he's the obvious choice for best switch-hitter of all time. Among his accomplishments: his 1956 Triple Crown campaign, his 536 career home runs and his three MVP awards.

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