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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ruben Amaro Jr. had one of the best views in the house of a Boston Red Sox team on the brink of something special.Amaro just wished he could have stuck around another season as first base coach to watch the Red Sox play in the World Series.As he prepares to moonlight as an actor on the 1980-something sitcom “The Goldbergs Ron Santo Jersey ,” Amaro is keeping a close eye on his old ballclub.“It’s tough to watch and I’m absolutely rooting for them,” Amaro said Thursday. “I’d love to be a part of it. I still feel like a part of that family. You get close to the players, the people in the front office, the staff. I still email and text them regularly. No animosity toward the organization at all. Things have to change sometimes. It’s just unfortunate I’m not a part of it.”Amaro was caught up in an organizational shake up after manager John Farrell was fired and several coaches were let go at the end of 2017. The Red Sox moved on with manager Alex Cora and they are halfway to a World Series championship. The Red Sox lead 2-0 with Game 3 Friday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers need a win to avoid an 0-3 deficit that no World Series team has ever recovered from.Amaro said the difference between last season’s 93-win team and this season has been the acquisition of J.D. Martinez, who blossomed into an MVP candidate who helped Boston win a franchise-record 108 games.“The one thing we did lack last year was a J.D. Martinez-type,” Amaro said. “Alex has done a really nice job and they’ve responded real well to him so you have to give some kudos to him, too.”Amaro spent this season coaching the New York Mets in his third season on the field after a lengthy career in Philadelphia. Amaro rose from team batboy in 1980-83 to playing for the Phillies for five seasons in the 1990s. He spent 10 seasons as assistant general manager and became GM once Pat Gillick retired after the Phillies won the 2008 World Series. Amaro was in charge when the Phillies won the 2009 NL pennant, three division titles and most wins in franchise history (102) in 2011. He was fired in 2015.He’s considered a front office comeback.“I itch at times to get that opportunity again. Don’t know if it will ever happen,” he said. “I do have some interest in doing that. But now that I’m back on the field, you get that other itch to consider the possibility of doing some managing.”The Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers are the only teams with managerial vacancies, a role coaching with the Red Sox got him closer to chasing.“The important element of that was to get a much better understanding on the ground level of analytics and the role it plays in baseball,” Amaro said. “There’s a lot of good people over there in that area that I got a chance to be around and be able to utilize their information for my job.”Amaro may be rooting for the Red Sox over LA — but he’s ready for his close up in Hollywood.It’s a familiar role: Amaro will again play his father, who spent 58 years in the game, most of them with the Phillies, on “The Goldbergs.” Show creator Adam F. Goldberg attended William Penn Charter High School where Amaro Jr. was a star athlete, and 30 years later has been incorporated into the semi-autobiographical ABC show. Amaro was the captain of 1987 national champion Stanford baseball team while Goldberg was at Penn Charter. But stretching creative license, they are friends and attend school at the same time on the show. Amaro plays his father for the second time in Wednesday’s episode, “Fiddler.”Amaro Sr. died at 81 in 2017 after a long battle with cancer.“Being able to pay homage is pretty special. My dad battled cancer for about 30 years and toward the end of his life he struggled with it,” Amaro said. “It was neat for me to play … well, not to get too sappy about it, but it made me pretty emotional.”He’s more prepared for a second act in the front office — just like he was on “The Goldbergs.”“It was a little easier the second time around. My first time I only had one line and it took 20 takes to get it,” he said, laughing. Imagine if Mike Trout never played another game.Oh, don't worry. He will. Trout hasn't suited up for the Los Angeles Angels since August 1, as he's recovering from wrist inflammation and mourning the death of his brother-in-law. But he should be back soon. He also just turned 27 on August 7, so he's certainly too young to call it a career.Still, this is a fascinating "what if?" because Trout is neither too young nor too unaccomplished to be a certifiable candidate for Cooperstown.This may not be the hottest take for anyone who's gotten to know the do-it-all center fielder as Major League Baseball's resident history-making boy wonder since his explosive breakthrough in 2012. But because marketability isn't among Trout's strengths鈥攎uch to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's chagrin鈥攊t might be hotter than quark-gluon plasma for John/Jane Q. Sports Fan.But in either case Ernie Banks Jersey ,it's quite simple.Although it's unprecedented鈥擱oss Youngs is the only Hall of Famer who didn't play past 30, and he made it to 29 and played nine full seasons鈥攁nd technically against the rules for a player with such a short career to get into the Hall of Fame, Trout already has already crafted a Cooperstown-worthy legacy in his eight years in The Show.Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty ImagesStart with the numbers. With Trout, this means starting with wins above replacement. It's the only statistic that's good for getting a sense of the total value of a hitter's offense, defense and baserunning contributions, and therefore the best window into the totality of his excellence.According to Baseball Reference, Trout has been worth 62 WAR through 2018, which is technically his age-26 season. Among the few position players who've reached similar heights through such a young age, Trout ranks between one of baseball's greatest hitters and greatest overall talents:Ty Cobb: 63.4 WARMike Trout: 62.0 WARMickey Mantle: 61.4 WARMoreover, Trout's 62 WAR is a mark that manyHall of Famers never got to in their entire careers. To name just a few: Jackie Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Mike Piazza, Vladimir Guerrero, Yogi Berra, Hank Greenberg, Willie Stargell, Tony Perez, Kirby Puckett, Orlando Cepeda, Jim Rice and Lou Brock.This isn't a case of WAR playing some kind of weird trick, a la when it curiously rated Ben Zobrist as one of MLB's elite players between 2009 and 2014. For the most part, Trout's WAR has been elevated by his blatantly brilliant bat.His 231 career home runs are ninth-most for a player through his age-26 season. And among all hitters who've ever had 4,000 plate appearances, his ranks are a case of increasing returns:Tied for 119th with a .306 averageTied for 24th with a .415 on-base percentage11th with a .571 slugging percentage9th with a .987 OPS (on-base plus slugging)Then there's Trout's OPS+, which adjusts his OPS toaccount for factors such as the pitcher-friendly nature of Angel Stadium of Anaheim. At 174, it ranks behind only Babe Ruth (206), Ted Williams (190) http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-ryne-sandberg-jersey , Barry Bonds (182), Lou Gehrig (179) and Rogers Hornsby (175) for sixth-highest in history.Of course, Trout hasn't played long enough for Father Time to drain the thunder from his stick. But this is as much a testament to his consistency. He's topped a 160 OPS+ seven times.Which brings us to another list ofHall of Famerswho never did that: Stargell, Greenberg, Piazza, Killebrew, Nap Lajoie,Willie McCovey, Eddie Matthews, Joe DiMaggio, Eddie Collins, Jeff Bagwell, Reggie Jackson, Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Schmidt, Carl Yastrzemski, Al Kaline and Duke Snider.Beyond Trout's bat, there's his baserunning. He boasts 186 career stolen bases, as well as total baserunning value that few players of his era can match.Beyond Trout's baserunning, there's his glove. The two major defensive metrics (defensive runs saved and ultimate zone rating) rate him as above average in center field. And he was robbed of a Gold Glove in 2012, when he was unquestionably one of the American League's top outfielders.On the plus side, a Gold Glove is the only major award that's missing from Trout's collection.He's been an All-Star every year since 2012, as well as the game's MVP in 2014 and 2015. He has five Silver Sluggers. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2012. He was the AL MVP in 2014 and 2016, and the runner-up in 2012, 2013 and 2015.Mind you Billy Williams Jersey , it might be possible to look at all this and shrug if Trout were the Mike Mussina of center fielders.Although the former Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees ace has credentials worthy of the Hall of Fame, perhaps he's ticketed for a sixth year on the ballot because of how he pitched.He was less Nolan Ryan and more Greg Maddux, except nowhere near as good. And while calling him a "low-rent Greg Maddux" may be accurate, it wouldn't look so flattering in bronze.By contrast, consider Vladimir Guerrero. The stats actually left room for argument over whether he was truly a Hall of Fame right fielder, yet he got in in his second year on the ballot. References to his "distinctive approach," "attacking swing" and "aggressive style" on his plaquehint at what may bethe reason he got in: Anybody who watched him play had plenty to remember him by.So it is with Trout. His numbers and accolades are the fruits of an uncanny blend of power, speed and general baseball know-how that's earned comparisons to greats like Mantle, Griffey and Willie Mays. And these things have left a definitive mark.Even if Trout were indeed to never play another game, we'd always have his booming home runs:As well as his astonishing catches:And visions of his blazing speed:Trout's only true fault is that his star power is far out of line with where it should be, given that he's arguably the most dominant male athlete of his generation. To wit, he didn't even crack MLB's 10 most-Googled players en route to his second AL MVP in 2016. This is somewhat by Trout's own design. He's not much of an interview, and his social media footprint doesn't extend far beyondairplane emoji.However, this is ultimately neither here nor there when it comes to the "integrity," "sportsmanship" and "character" clausesthe Hall of Fame prides itself on.Whether it's performance-enhancing drugs or simply sliding into second base with his spikes up, Trout has never wronged baseball in any way. And nobody who's ever come across him鈥攆ellow players, coaches, executives, journalists鈥攈as ever had anything but kind things to say about him.As former teammate Danny Espinosa said to Tyler Kepner of theNew York Times: "I don鈥檛 know if people want drama or something, but I don't think Mike's ever going to bring that to you. He plays the game with a smile on his face."Again, it shouldn't be long before Trout is heard from again. And when he does return, he'll be going back to work on what might be his best season. At the least, he stands to get career bests in OBP (.459), OPS (1.083) and OPS+ (196) out of it.But if Trout's ultimate goal is to be good enough for Cooperstown, well, he's already done enough. All he's doing from here is piling on. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference.

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