8/28/2014 2:07 A.M. ET
Trout hits 30-homer mark again, in 30 less games
Phenom becomes fifth in AL history to reach feat twice through age-22 season
By Matthew DeFranks / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Between comments Wednesday night, Mike Trout glanced at the giant schedule plastered on the wall of the Angels' clubhouse.
The oversized calendar told him that the Halos have just one month left in the regular season, which makes his most recent accomplishment even more impressive.
Trout blasted his 30th home run of the season on Wednesday night, tying his career high from 2012 and placing him in select company. The 23-year-old center fielder became just the fifth American League hitter to have two 30-home run seasons through their age-22 seasons, joining Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Jose Canseco and Alex Rodriguez.
"It's always cool to reach 30, but we have other things on our mind -- to try to get to the playoffs," Trout said.
He also became the third Major Leaguer (along with Foxx and Frank Robinson) since 1901 with two seasons of 30-plus homers and five-plus triples through their age-22 seasons.
This season, Trout has looked more like a middle-of-the-lineup slugger and less like the rookie leadoff man from 2012. After swiping 82 bases in his previous two seasons, Trout has only 12 this season.
Trout had 30 homers in his 2012 breakout rookie season and followed it up with 27 last season. He still has 30 games this season to add to a career-high figure.
"I'm just barreling some balls and they're going over the fence," Trout said. "I don't try to hit home runs. Just try to put a good swing on the ball and hope for the best."
His 30 home runs are tied for fifth most in the Majors, while his 94 RBIs rank behind only two players. Trout's slugging percentage is second and his OPS fourth in all of baseball.