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By Jonathan Northrop - AngelsWin.com Columnist
Williams and DiMaggio, Mays and Mantle, Bonds
and Griffey…baseball has a history of paired superstars, players of similar
talent that are associated with each other for much of their careers. Mike
Trout and Bryce Harper, AL and NL Rookies of the Year of 2012, will almost
certainly be paired in name for the rest of their careers; they are both, by
any account, generational talents – at least based upon their respective
performances relative to other players at a similar age. They are similar but
different: both have all-around hitting ability that should translate to multiple "3-4-5" seasons (.300 BA, .400 OBP, .500 SLG); both have excellent plate discipline and both are above average in all
facets of the game. Trout has the edge with his blazing speed (although Harper is
no Bengie Molina), while Harper has the edge with his prodigious power
(although Trout is no Reggie Willits).
Angels fans like to tout Trout over Harp...
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