And it's pretty close. Trout and League-Worst Shortstop combine for a. Which they wouldn't; the League-Worst Shortstop would hit eighth or ninth and bat less frequently than Trout, but no matter. Jeter, meanwhile, had a. Jeter wins, but it's fairly close, especially considering Jeter played in hitter-friendlier environments. The American League scored about 0. Further, both Yankee Stadiums allowed considerably more scoring than Angel Stadium.
Of course, WAR has already told us this. We're just testing it to see if it makes sense that Trout and a league-worst shortstop could be about as good as two Derek Jeters. Offensively, where the largest portion of WAR comes from, it makes sense. You can see it. The rest of WAR comes from defense, baserunning and ever-so-slightly the ability to avoid double plays.
Mike Trout has added slightly more value in the double-plays category: 8 runs to 7, as Jeter gave a few runs back later in his career. Jeter played a little more than twice as long as Trout has, but hit into about five times as many double plays. A tiny thing.
Jeter was a fantastic baserunner, as Trout is. Through Jeter's first eight seasons he was about as valuable on the bases as Trout has been, but then he kept adding, and ended up with 56 baserunning runs added, to Trout's 34 and counting. Did you know Trout ranks fourth all-time in stolen base success rate among players with at least attempts? He does!
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Jeter's a quite-good 46th. And then there's defense. The endlessly litigated defense. Jeter won five Gold Gloves, made some iconic plays and managed to stay at the toughest position in the infield until he was older than almost any shortstop in history -- while advanced metrics routinely reported he was the worst defensive shortstop in the game.
Trout, meanwhile, is about average, maybe a tick better, at the toughest position in the outfield. That position favors Jeter, but the performance favors Trout.
In all, his defense is credited at about runs more valuable than Jeter's. In this case, Jeter's longevity hurts him in a comparison. Trout doesn't have to be twice as good as Jeter on defense, since the longer Jeter played, the greater the gap between them grew. Maybe you don't buy this assessment of Jeter's defense. That's fine, though I do have some reading material for you.
In that case, no, Trout hasn't yet been as valuable in just nine years as Jeter was in his But that's a distinction that isn't all that important: so it'll take him 10 years to pass him? It's undeniable Mike Trout is sprinting past the career standards of all-time greats, like Jeter, his childhood favorite. That's not to say he's had a better career than Jeter, whose longevity is its own historical accomplishment and whose celebrity and team success puts him in the pantheon of baseball greats.
Jeter did things Trout would certainly envy, and might well value above some of his own personal accomplishments. You might take Trout's career over Jeter's at this point, you might not. At the same time, though, Trout is doing things Jeter never approached. He's already collected about twice as many MVP votes as Jeter did in his entire career -- and that's before his almost certain MVP victory this year, which will push him into the top five MVP vote-getters ever.
He already has a higher Win Probability Added for his career -- that's a counting stat, incidentally. His WAR this year is already higher than Jeter's career high, with a month to go.
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Jeter's best season would be Trout's seventh best. There has been a number of players in this series who played in the s and early '30s, when offense was bananas and the massive celebrity of a few ballplayers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby seems to overshadow these guys. Those are all legends; he'd be a legend, right? Who canonizes somebody who was 50 wins worse than the best player in the game? This question, actually, might be relevant to any number of Mike Trout's contemporaries.
In a sense, the best way for the superstars in Ruth's shadow to get attention was to appear in Babe Ruth stories, the way Simmons and Cronin were part of the "five straight strikeouts in the All-Star Game" lineup. Or the way Frisch was traded for the much-more-famous Hornsby and then outperformed him. So here's one for Heilmann: In the offseason, he sold life insurance policies. He sold one to Ruth, and because everything Ruth did was a big story, it made the news.
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Although Smalls had become known as one of the best pilots in the area, the Confederates refused to give him, or any enslaved man, the title of pilot. Smalls was part of a crew of ten that included three white officers—the captain, Charles J. Pitcher, In addition to Smalls, the rest of the crew included six other enslaved black men who ranged in age from their teens to middle-age and acted as engineers and deckhands. As the new captain of the Planter , Relyea occasionally left the ship in the hands of the black crew overnight so he and his officers could stay with their wives and children in their homes in the city.
Relyea may have done so because he trusted his crew, but it is more likely that he, like many whites in the South, and even the North, simply did not think that enslaved men would be capable of pulling off a mission as dangerous and difficult as commandeering a Confederate vessel. It would be nearly impossible for anyone to take a steamer in a harbor so well guarded and difficult to navigate; few whites at the time could imagine that enslaved African-Americans would be able to do it.
When Smalls told Hannah about his idea, she wanted to know what would happen if he were caught. He did not hold back the truth. While all the men on board would almost certainly face death, the women and children would be severely punished and perhaps sold to different owners. Hannah, who had a kind face and a strong spirit, remained calm and decisive. I will go, for where you die, I will die. Smalls, of course, also had to approach his fellow crew members. Sharing his plan with them was in itself a huge risk. Even talking about escape was incredibly dangerous in Confederate Charleston.
Smalls, however, had little choice in the matter. His only option was to recruit the men and trust them. The crew met secretly with Smalls sometime in late April or early May and discussed the idea, but their individual decisions could not have been easy. All knew that whatever they decided in that moment would affect the rest of their lives. It was still quite possible that the Confederacy would win the war. If it did, staying behind meant enduring lives of servitude. The promise of freedom was so strong, and the thought of remaining in slavery so abhorrent, that these considerations ultimately convinced the men to join Smalls.
Before the meeting ended, all had agreed to take part in the escape and to be ready to act whenever Smalls decided it was time. It would be a remarkable feat. Most enslaved men and women trying to reach the Union fleets blockading Southern ports rowed to the vessels in canoes. No civilian, black or white, had ever taken a Confederate vessel of this size and turned it over to the Union.
Nor had any civilian ever delivered so many priceless guns. Just a few weeks earlier, a group of 15 slaves in Charleston had surprised the city by seizing a barge from the waterfront and rowing it to the Union fleet. The barge belonged to General Ripley, the same commander who used the Planter as his dispatch boat.
When it was found to be missing, the Confederates were furious. They were also embarrassed at being outsmarted by slaves. Nonetheless, they failed to take any extra precautions in securing other vessels at the wharf. Smalls quietly let the men know his intentions. As the reality of what they were about to do descended on them, they were overwhelmed by fears of what might happen.
Even so, they pressed forward. When Smalls judged the time was right, he ordered the steamer to leave. The fog was now thinning, and the crew raised two flags. Both would help the ship maintain its cover as a Confederate vessel. A police detective also saw that the ship was leaving and made the same assumption. The crew soon reached the North Atlantic Wharf and had no trouble approaching the pier. All had gone as planned, and they were now together.
With 16 people on board, and the women and children belowdecks, the Planter resumed her way south toward Confederate Fort Johnson, leaving Charleston and their lives as slaves behind them. At about a.
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