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Should the trend continue, batsmen of Harper and Trout’s ilk will be all the more crucial … in helping the game retain some sense of balance. “See?” we’ll be able to say. “Stephen Strasburg might have an ERA that’s invisible to the naked eye, but the Louisville Slugger hasn’t become completely obsolete. Look at how Bryce and Mike are tearing it up.”

Just think how entertaining it’ll be, in the years ahead, to debate the relative merits of these two prodigies. Will Harper’s raw power give him the edge at the plate? Will Trout’s athleticism give him the nod on the bases and in the field? How will they stack up statistically? It could be like The Mick and the Say Hey Kid all over again. A man can hope, at least.