Mike Trout continues to be unreal: Has now hit for natural cycle in his first four All-Star Games
I thought we had run out of new Mike Trout facts to marvel at. After all, we already know he was the only rookie with 30 home runs and 40 steals, that he reached the 100-steal and 100-home run plateau faster than anyone in history and he is only the second American League player since Mickey Mantle to lead the league in rWAR for three straight years. But at Tuesday night's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile, he found a way to add a new fact to his resume -- probably requiring it to print out on a second page and making it really difficult for any hiring managers who request it.
After homering off of Zack Greinke to start the game (who hasn't allowed a run to score in his last 35 2/3 innings), Trout has cycled, in order, during his his first at-bats from his four All-Star Games. That's right, he has singled, doubled, tripled and homered -- in that order -- in his first plate appearance since making his first All-Star Game in 2012.
He singled in his lone plate appearance in 2012, being sure to steal second a moment later:
He then doubled to kick off the game in 2013, though it would be his lone hit of the game.
He one-upped that, literally, last year when he tripled off Adam Wainwright to drive in Derek Jeter, who had started the game with a double.
And on Tuesday night, Trout took Greinke's 94-mph fastball and deposited it 348 feet away into the right-field seats. Not bad for a pitch that was perfectly placed low and on the outside part of the plate. Then again, there's no beating Mike Trout -- though we already knew that.
Oh yeah, that wasn't the only thing Trout added to his list of accomplishments: He also became the first player ever to win back-to-back All-Star Game MVP Awards. Considering that he also just won the AL MVP in 2014, that really means he's snagged three of the biggest awards in a row.
Trout wasn't the only one to complete an All-Star Game cycle, though. After Prince Fielder entered the game for Nelson Cruz in the top of the fifth, he laced a single to complete his station-by-station trip around the bases. While it wasn't a natural cycle like Trout's, he did have the benefit of a much more impressive triple when he tore around the bases at the 2013 All-Star Game.