Young players are often compared to all-time greats when they’re brought up, although most of the time it’s from fans and media. So this isn’t the first time Mike Trout has been compared to Mickey Mantle, but recently someone with a little better perspective — and resume — than the usual folks throwing the comparisons around said Trout reminded him of the Mick.
“He’s a strong guy, runs really well, power — he reminds me a little bit of a Mantle,” said Hall of Famer Al Kaline told John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press.
Kaline played against Mantle for many years and knows a little bit about being a young phenom. As a 20-year-old rookie in 1955, Kaline won the American League batting title with a .340 average. Trout, 20, currently leads the AL with a .349 average.
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