Today in unanswerable questions

I’ve asked this before but now seems as good a time as any to revisit it. Last night, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout won the NL and AL Rookie of the Year Awards, respectively.

In 2012, Harper hit .270 with a .340 on-base percentage and a .477 slugging. He hit 22 home runs and stole 18 bases and played strong defense in the outfield. By WAR, his was by far the best season of all time by a 19-year-0ld position player.

Trout posted a .326/.399/.564 line with 30 homers, 49 steals in only 54 attempts, and outstanding defense in the outfield. By WAR, his was the best season in the modern era by a 20-year-old position player*.

That the pair should unleash themselves upon baseball in the same season is enormously exciting, and their shared youth, talent and position means they’ll likely be linked and compared for years to come.  So, you know, who ya got?

*- You know why we need to specify “position player,” right? It’s this guy.

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