ARLINGTON -- Is Mike Trout's 2012 season among the greatest in history, regardless of age and tenure?
It's at least debatable.
Trout's seventh-inning solo homer in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader at Rangers Ballpark, an eventual 5-4 win by the Angels, gave him 30 on the year -- despite spending the first month in Triple-A and after totaling only 23 homers in 286 career Minor League games.
Trout, according to ESPN Stats, is now the first player in Major League history to combine at least 45 steals with 30 homers and 125 runs in one season. He's the youngest ever to notch a 30-30 season, and the first rookie to match 30 homers with 40 steals.
In the first inning, Trout added to his Major League-leading total with his 48th stolen base, tying current Rangers first-base coach Gary Pettis for the Angels' rookie record. If he steals two more bases, Trout will join Eric Davis (1987) and Barry Bonds ('90) as the only players ever to hit 30 homers and steal 50 bases in one season.
Oh, and despite slowing down a bit these last couple months, his batting average is .321.
"You can't say much that hasn't been said about Mike's year," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He just keeps going."