Shohei Ohtani has been on an absolute tear. He is dealing on the mound and hitting the best he has hit all season. Mike Trout has continued to do Mike Trout things as well. Yet, the Angels are eleven games under .500 and sit second to last in their own division. We may be witnessing the biggest waste of talent in not only MLB history, but perhaps in all of sports history.
Over the last month Ohtani has a 0.45 ERA, 58 SO in just under 40 innings. Over the same span he is hitting .287 with 8 homeruns. Ohtani has been one of the best players since arriving in the USA in 2018. He has been deemed the modern day Babe Ruth. He has thrown and hit baseballs over 100 mph. Some people train their whole lives to do one or the other, yet he is doing both on the professional level. Mike Trout’s season may not be up to par to his MVP caliber career, but even Trout’s down year is still better than most. Trout’s standards may be high but it is due to the fact he is a 3x MVP, Rookie of the Year, 10x All-Star, and 8x Silver Slugger winner. Trout has finished in the top 5 for AL MVP voting for the past nine straight seasons. Trout has already been considered one of the greatest baseball players of all-time. There has also been talks if he continues this for an extended period of time, he may go down as the greatest.
During this time frame, the Los Angeles Angels have had nothing but disappointing finishes. They have made the playoffs just once since Trout made his debut in 2011. This was in 2014 when they were swept by the Kansas City Royals 3-0 in the American League Championship Series. The Angels have made attempts to win a World Series throughout Trout and Ohtani’s careers, yet they have not even been close.
I think Trout should look to move somewhere else in order to win a World Series and solidify his status as the G.O.A.T. of Major League Baseball. Ohtani should also look to go elsewhere if Trout moves on. It is absolutely pitiful the team with the best two-way player and the best overall player in the league year-in and year-out can not consistently make the playoffs.