Mike Trout: Comparing Him to Ichiro Suzuki and Fred Lynn

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Mike Trout: Comparing Him to Ichiro Suzuki and Fred Lynn
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In what has seemingly become the year of the rookie, Mike Trout's star has been shining just a bit brighter than the rest of the crop.

Baseball fans young and old find themselves enamored with his capabilities and hard-nosed style of play. Trout leaves it all out on the field. Fans notice. The media notices.

His accolades are not being born out of entitlement. He is earning every piece of press that is written about him.

The fact of the matter is, Trout has the potential to do something that only two players have ever accomplished before him: win the Rookie of the Year as well as the Most Valuable Player award in the same season.

Fred Lynn was the first player to accomplish the feat, doing so for the Boston Red Sox in 1975. It took 26 years for that feat to be replicated by Ichiro Suzuki for the Seattle Mariners.

Fast forward another 11 years and Trout is knocking on history's door.

The question begging to be answered is, how does Trout stack up against the other two players who have accomplished this feat? 

Let's take a look.

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