Trout vs Harper

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by: Andrew Teaster @dateas1350

Every sports fan knows all too well the comparison of Lebron Jame to Michael Jordan. What about the comparison the baseball world wants to talk about? What about Mike Trout and Bryce Harper?

They were drafted a year apart, but have been linked ever since they were both called up at the same time - April 28, 2012.  They would both go on and win the Rookie of the Year honors in their respective leagues. Both have brought home an MVP award. I am not here to talk about how they have won numerous awards and made multiple All-Star games though.

If I had one position player to choose to start my team, I would pick Trout every single time.  

Harper just rubs me the wrong way with the way he plays the game. When he thinks he is going to be out on a ground ball he does not run hard at all.  He gets in fights with teammates (see Jonathan Papelbon, 2015)

This is not how a leader of a team should act.

Trout plays the game the right way 100% of the time.  He hustles every play and does the best he can to ensure that his team will come out with a victory.  He is seen making crazy plays in the outfield almost nightly.  If you look up a highlight video of Trout, it is mostly defensive plays.  If you look up highlight plays for Harper, it is mostly moon shot bombs and walk-offs. 

I think Trout means a lot more important to his team, which shows by how many times he has led the American League in WAR.  He has also been voted in the top two in MVP voting five out of six years he has been in the Show.  He will continue to lead this team in the future, especially if the Angels try and extend him past 2020.  Harper is a free agent after this season.

There are many similarities between these two and there are also very many differences.  If you ask me though, there is only one clear winner that comes out of this comparison and that is Mike Trout.

What do you think?  Who would you want to start your team?  Leave your comments below or hit me up on Twitter.

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