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Young players are often compared to all-time greats when they're brought up, although most of the time it's from fans and media. So this isn't the first time
"He's a strong guy, runs really well, power -- he reminds me a little bit of a Mantle," said Hall of Famer Al Kaline told John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press.
Kaline played against Mantle for many years and knows a little bit about being a young phenom. As a 20-year-old rookie in 1955, Kaline won the American League batting title with a .340 average. Trout, 20, currently leads the AL with a .349 average.
Kaline noted it would be difficult for Trout to keep up his average -- at this point in 1955, Kaline was hitting .373 -- but thinks Trout is "an outstanding player."
"It will be a little bit more difficult in the last couple of months because the pressure will be there," Kaline said in Lowe's article. "There will be a little more commotion around him, and everyone will want a little bit more of his time."
It was interesting to hear so many people at the All-Star Game who are saying the same things about Trout and