Babe Ruth played some of the best individual seasons of baseball known to the history of the game.
There was his 60-homer season, one where he outhomered 10 different teams in a single season, and the year he set the record for total bases that is still in the record books today.
But, looking at Ruth's career with the all-around WAR statistic (wins above replacement) as ESPN's Sam Miller pointed out, his best season ever was in 1923 when he posted a 14.1 WAR. He hit .393 with 41 homers, set a career high in doubles, drew 170 walks and threw out 20 baserunners from the outfield.
It was the best performance by a player in the history of the league. But could the Angels Mike Trout be quietly putting together any even better one in 2018?
Trout got his first day off on Sunday, and when looking at his current stats, he has posted a 3.51 WAR so far this season. Span that out over 162 games, and Trout would produce a 14.2 WAR -- a mark that would pass the Great Bambino.
As for what calculates a player's WAR, the main stats are batting runs, baserunning runs, defensive value, and double-play rate (hitting into a double play). For Trout, these numbers are off the charts.
He is currently on pace to put together 85 batting runs for a season, which would be the highest mark since Barry Bonds in 2004. It was Aaron Judge who led the league in that category last season with 61.
For baserunning, Trout is on pace for 8.1 runs while he is set to produce 20.3 defensive runs saved with an overall 2.7 defensive WAR. And finally for double-play rate, the Angels star is on pace for about 1.5 runs of value for avoiding double plays.
Overall, Trout is hitting .298/.440/.616 with 12 homers, 22 total extra-base hits, 25 RBI, and leads the league in walks at 37 so far this season. If he keeps this pace, it could be a season for the ages.