Mike Trout reels in Tim Salmon, sets Angels franchise record with 300th career home run

Mark Townsend
·Yahoo Sports Contributor
·2 mins read

Mike Trout added two more milestones to his Hall of Fame résumé with one swing during Saturday’s 10-9 win against the Houston Astros.

With his third-inning home run against Brandon Bielak, Trout reached 300 for his already storied career. With the same home run, Trout also became the Los Angeles Angels all-time home run leader, passing Tim Salmon.

Trout is in his tenth MLB season. He reached the 300 milestone in just 1,235 career games. Salmon played his entire 14-year career with the Angels, hitting 299 home runs in 1,672 games between 1992 and 2006. Salmon does have one thing Trout is still looking for — a World Series ring. Salmon’s Angels won it all in 2002.

Trout, who just turned 29 on Aug. 7, has been voted AL MVP three times, including in 2019. He was voted AL Rookie of the Year in 2012 when he launched 30 home runs and stole 49 bases. His 15 home runs this season lead Major League Baseball. All but one have come after Aug. 4, when he returned following the birth of his son.

Fastest player to 300 homers, 200 steals

Mike Trout actually unlocked another notable achievement with his milestone home run.

He's now the fastest player in MLB history to amass 300 home runs and 200 stolen bases. He did it 60 games faster than Hall of Famer Willie Mays, who’s second on the list.

This isn't the first time and certainly won't be the last time Trout and Mays are mentioned in the same breath. When that is the company you regularly keep, you are doing something incredibly special as a baseball player.

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