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Mike Trout robs third home run of the season, turns it into double play (VIDEO)

Mark Townsend
Big League Stew

If you're already tired of hearing about Mike Trout, you're in for a long couple of decades. The now 21-year-old Los Angeles Angels outfielder, who's soon to collect a Rookie of the Year award and quite possibly American League Most Valuable Player as well, seemingly does something every game that's highlight reel worthy and more often than not makes your jaw drop in amazement.

That was the case again on Saturday, as even with his team down 7-1 in the eighth inning (they eventually lost 7-4), Trout went out all max effort for his pitcher Jerome Williams to bring back a home run ball off the bat of Seattle Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo. And if that isn't impressive enough, Trout also had the presence of mind to come up firing to first base to double off base runner Eric Thames with a perfectly accurate two-hop throw from 300 feet away.

A simply gorgeous play for so many reasons:

The home run robbery is already Trout's third of the season. His first one in Baltimore on June 27 remains the most amazing, as he went well above the wall to take one away from J.J. Hardy. He added a second to his resumé at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago last weekend, going into Dewayne Wise territory in left center to rob Gordon Beckham. And now Miguel Olivo becomes the third and final Trout victim 2012. Well, that's assuming Angels' opponents take the advice of Trout's teammate and fellow outfielder Vernon Wells.

''He seems to be putting himself in the right place at the right time and making spectacular plays,'' Wells said. ''And the guys on the other side of the field are on the wrong side of the web gems right now. They can't test him anymore. They've got to pick on somebody else.''

For a little perspective on how spectacular Trout's defense has been so far, the last time an outfielder robbed three home runs in a single season was 2010 when Seattle Mariners teammates Ichiro Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez did it. That's right, no outfielder in Major League Baseball robbed three during the entire 2011 season, yet Mike Trout has done it in just over three months.

Pretty, pretty good, that kid.

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