What Do You Think Of Ted Williams Now?

Baseball fans know all about Mike Trout's exploits by now. Two-time MVP. Rookie of the Year. His 40-steal season and his 40-homer season and all the home-run robberies. And he's led the league in runs, RBI, steals, walks, OBP, slugging, OPS and total bases. As he surpasses his 1,000th game, he's had an almost unprecedented start to his major-league career.

What makes Trout so special? Incredibly, he continues to get better.

He's the first player in major-league history to finish in the top two in MVP voting in each of his first five full seasons, a streak that came to an end last season when he played only 114 games and fell all the way to fourth!

His counting stats suffered last year during that shortened season but he had his best year, setting career highs in on-base percentage (.442), slugging (.629), OPS+ (187), wOBA (.437) and wRC+ (181).

It's obviously still early, but he's putting up better numbers in each of those five categories this season. And this month, he has an OPS+ of 262 OPS+ -- the best of any single month of his major-league career (min. 10 games).

And he's doing things very few players have ever done.

His OPS is 1.155 this season, a mark Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez (among many others) never reached in a full season. And his OPS+ of 218 has only been reached by six players in MLB's modern era: Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig and Rogers Hornsby.