September 8, 2018: Mike did not let anything James Shields threw get past him at Guaranteed Rate Field
(For his career,
Still just 27 and only in his seventh full Major League season,
But really, why bother comparing
|Birth City:||Vineland, NJ|
|Draft:||Angels #1 - 2009 - Out of high school (NJ)|
September 8, 2018: Mike did not let anything James Shields threw get past him at Guaranteed Rate Field
(For his career,
Mike's Dad, Jeff Trout, was drafted by the Twins in the 5th round in 1983, out of the University of Delaware. Jeff played four seasons in the minors at second base and third base. But he won't claim credit for his son's success.
"Mike's a great kid," Jeff Trout said. "He's a great player, but he's a better person. That's always been our goal as parents, to raise kids that are good people and let their natural talents take them wherever."
Trout is from a solid family background. His parents taught him the value of accountability and hard work.
Trout's hometown, Millville, New Jersey, used to be a glassmaking town, but it was hit by the same economic forces that have emptied manufacturing towns throughout the U.S., with many of the jobs being outsourced. Now Millville is known as a Mike Trout-making town.
In 2008, the Trouts moved into a home on the very outskirts of Millville, in a two-story house that sits on nearly four acres in Deerfield Township.
Upstairs is the bed Mike still sleeps in during the offseason—next door to his brother, Tyler, who's in his final year at Rutgers Law School. Downstairs is the basement he turned into his own personal "man cave," complete with a wet bar, mini fridge, ping-pong table, PlayStation 3 and deer-hunting rifles.
His mother, Debbie, has taken on the role of Mike's business manager, per se, teaming with agent Craig Landis to schedule all of his photo shoots and appearances and interviews.
"Thank God I retired in June," says Debbie, whose husband, Jeff, is retiring after 25 years of teaching.
"This," Jeff adds, "is like running a corporation now."
Trout's athleticism and competitive drive are boundless. He can dunk a basketball with ease. He shoots in the 90s during occasional rounds of golf, but hits his drives into neighboring counties. He’s good at table tennis and formidable at video games, and rolled a personal high of 286 in bowling. He still laments the 300 game that got away.
Trout has a football body at 6-foot-1 and 217 pounds. An all-conference basketball player in high school as well, he played quarterback and safety as a freshman in high school and could have been a Division I player, according to his dad, a longtime history teacher and baseball and football coach at Millville High.
"He was so fearless on the field, as the football coach, I got so worried about what was going on," Jeff Trout said. "He'd get dinged up.
"So I just told him 'Mike, you ought to spend one of these seasons just hitting the weights and lifting. I don't care what sport you pick.' It's great to be a three-sport guy and everything. But I was trying to encourage him, hoping he would back away from football a little bit. And he did."
After banging up his ankle his freshman year of football, he knew baseball was a better career choice.
"Since he was about seven or eight years old, I knew he was a special baseball player," said Jeff Trout, who played four seasons as an infielder in the Twins system, reaching Double-A. "He stood out basically everywhere he played, every step of the way athletically.
"The other good thing about Mike is that he has always enjoyed working at the game also. It was never a burdensome thing to go out and take BP, get groundballs and flyballs hit to him, stuff like that." (Jeff Johnson-Baseball America-7/08/10)
In high school, Mike threw a no-hitter against Egg Harbor Township. He was a pitcher and short stop during his high school years.
In 2009, Trout graduated from Millville High School in New Jersey, having hit .531 with 18 home runs and 45 runs batted in in 26 games. He struck out only 17 times in all four years. He committed to East Carolina University on a baseball scholarship.
But instead Michael signed with the Angels on July 1, 2009, for a reported bonus of $1.2 million, via scout Greg Morhardt.
Trout was signed by scout Greg "Mo" Morhardt, whose roommate for spring training one year and his teammate at Double-A Orlando was Jeff Trout. He remembered Trout as an undersized second baseman who knew how to hit and got every ounce out of his ability. Mike was his son.
Mike has solid makeup. And he has speed, athleticism and plays the game the right way and has fun doing it.
He cares more about the team than he does himself.
Trout is hard-nosed and aggressive on the field. He is a bulldog. But he is also grounded, and a team player. Good days or bad, Mike is always the same.
In September 2009, Trout was rated the top prospect in the Gulf Coast League by Baseball America.
In the spring of 2010, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Mike as the third best prospect in the Angels' organization. They moved him up to the #1 prospect in the Angels' farm system in the winter before both 2011 and 2012 spring training camps opened.
The Cedar Rapids Kernels have a promotional night each season that's sponsored by a local auto dealer.
The dealership gives away three used cars to random fans, and one of the winners during the 2010 season was Debbie Trout, the mother of Kernels outfielder Mike Trout. The family just happened to be visiting Iowa from their home in New Jersey.
"We donated it back to the Kernels," said Jeff Trout, Mike's dad. "I think one of the relief pitchers has it. Maybe Jon Bachanov. It's going to continue to be a Kernels family car. Each year when they come into town, someone will get it." (Jeff Johnson-Baseball America-7/08/10)
In 2010, Trout was named the Midwest League's #1 prospect and the California League's best prospect by Baseball America, while winning the league MVP award as well as the batting and on-base titles, and managers rated him the best hitter, best and fastest runner, best defensive outfielder and most exciting player in the league.
Also, Mike was selected as the recipient of the 51st annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps/Minor League Player of the Year. He is the youngest player to win the award at 19 years, two months.
Andruw Jones was 19 years, six months old when he was named Topps/Minor League Player of the Year in 1996.
October 2010: In nine games in the Pan-Am qualifying tournament, Team USA finishing tied for third with a 7-1 record. Trout led the team in hits with 14—and demonstrated his developing power with three homers and seven RBIs, along with two doubles and a triple for a .675 slugging percentage. He also drew three walks for a .395 on-base percentage, scoring 10 runs.
In the spring of 2011, Trout, who was 19, arrived at the Angels' major league camp. One night a group of nine veterans invited him to join them at a swanky steak house in Scottsdale. Great heaps of food kept coming to the table, as did bottles of fine wine. Trout couldn't believe his great fortune. Only two years earlier he was in high school watching these guys on TV. He had a great time—until pitcher Jered Weaver walked up to him and said, "You're the million-dollar baby. You're going to pay for it."
Mike looked at the bill: $1,800. He excused himself and went to the rest room, where he pulled out his cell phone and made a call.
"Mom? They're going to stick me with an $1,800 bill. Do I have enough money in my account?"
"Mike, what are you talking about? Just use your card."
The next morning, there was a large Tonka dump truck parked in Trout's locker. It was filled with 7,200 quarters.
In 2012, the Angels stumbled out of the gate to an 18-25 record through May 21, 2012. It was then that the 2012 TNT boys sparked an eight-game winning streak that put the Angels back into contention—and rekindled an old nickname.
In June 2012, Angels manager Mike Scioscia was asked if he thought about reeling in the frenetic play of Trout.
"I really think that when you play aggressively, you have a natural mechanism that protects you," Scioscia said of Trout, who often flies into walls, etc. "If you try to put a governor on him, try to have him slide gingerly or not go as hard, I think that puts him more at risk. You can get in an awkward position if you try to take your athletic ability out of the equation."
In 2012, Trout was named the American League's Rookie of the Year. And it was a unanimous vote of all 28 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
As of the offseason before 2013 spring training, Mike was still living at home with Mom and Dad.
"A lot of my teammates make fun of me, because I still live with my parents," Trout said. "Eventually I'll get a house. But I'm real close to my parents."
Mike's dad says his son is even quiet at home. "He's a man of very few words," his dad says. "He gives those one-liners, those cliches. Don't take it personally. It's the same with us."
Nike secured Mike to a four-year contract in December. J&J Snack Foods plans to put him on the back of their SuperPretzel box. And Subway will include him in a commercial that will air during Sunday's Super Bowl.
Over the past few months, Mike's parents have learned a lot of things on the fly. They've learned that the memorabilia sent to the house doesn't get signed. Only what's sent directly to Angel Stadium.
They've learned not to get spooked when cars roll around their cul-de-sac with their cameras out—which the neighbors have tried to minimize by saying the Trouts don't live there anymore. They've learned to laugh it off when people call Mike's sister's house asking about her brother, or when four teenage girls roll up in a golf cart chanting his name.
Mostly, they've learned the art of saying no.
"It's funny, because I understand that they're fans, and that's great," Debbie says. "I love his fan base and everything like that. But there's only one of Mike, and there's all these people that just want one little piece of him."
Trout was raised by a tight-knit family and a hard-nosed, baseball-playing father. So he is clean cut and perceivably, well, vanilla. He's respectful yet distant; at ease in front of sold-out stadiums but jittery behind a microphone and devoid of introspection.
A lot has changed around Millville for Mike. In December 2012, when he went to the movies, word spread, and by the time he stepped out, hundreds of people were waiting in the parking lot for an autograph. Same thing happened the last time he tried to play a round of golf with some friends and his high school sweetheart. Or the last time he walked into Cuts On High for a haircut. Or the last time he tried to eat his hamburgers at Jim's Lunch.
Simply put, Mike Trout can no longer be Mikey from Millville. It's just not that simple anymore. "I wish I could tell you that everything's the same, that he can go everywhere he wants to go, but it's not the case," says Shannon, who used to live next door to the Trouts and would dress up as Santa Claus for their three kids.
"Mikey Trout is a rock star. He has hit rock-star status here. To the close circle of friends, his friends, he's still Mikey Trout. But to a lot of folks, he's that Major League Baseball player, he's the Rookie of the Year. They're awestruck. They want to get close to Mikey. They want to be able to tell people, 'Not only is he from my hometown, I know Mikey and he knows me.' So, it's changed quite a bit." (Alden Gonzalez-MLB.com-1/31/12)
Trout played the 2012 season at 220 pounds. Then, after an offseason regimen of twice-daily workouts, he showed up at 2013 spring training at 240 pounds.
In a way, the move is a thank-you to Trout. When he won the Players Choice Rookie of the Year Award, it came with a $20,000 donation to the charity of his choice. The 21-year-old outfielder sent the money to his school to renovate its field.
"It's just a dream come true," said Trout, who also expressed his excitement on Twitter, posting: "Appreciate all the love! Awesome night! #angels"
"To stand here after a night like this is definitely up there on my lists of personal [accomplishments]," he added. "Triple, double, home run and a single. It's tough to do, and hopefully, there's more to come."
"More to come" may seem like a lot to ask considering the record for cycles is only three—Bob Meusel, Babe Herman, and John Reilly each did it three times. (William Boor-MLB.com-5/23/13)
In August, 2013, Mike and his parents tried to sneak out the side of the New York Palace Hotel by having a cab back into a parking garage. Six or seven young men spotted Trout and with pens and baseballs in hand, pursued his car for 10 blocks. The stoplights allowed them to keep up until the cab stopped at a Times Square eatery.
"They were chasing us through the city, knocking on the window of the cab," said Debbie Trout, Mike's mom. "You know how traffic is there. It was crazy."
The men were rewarded when Trout signed after dinner, two hours later. "They never let go," Trout said with a chuckle. "You want it that bad, you get it."
September 17, 2013: Trout—at 22 years, 40 days old—became the second-youngest player in Major League history with 25-plus homers and 30-plus steals in one season, with the youngest being himself during the 2012 season.
He's also the first player in American League history with 25 homers, 30 steals, and 100 walks.
October 2013: Trout was named Baseball America's Player of the Year.
Trout's favorites:Hobbies: Golf, fishing, and huntingMovie: Happy GilmoreActor: Adam SandlerTV Show: CSI MiamiMusic: CountryFood: SteakPerson in history I'd like to meet: Babe RuthPlayers, past and present, I'd pay to watch: Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera, today. Pedro Martinez from the past.If not a baseball player, I'd have been: A school teacher.
Trout still can't believe how fast this is all happening. First, he was the teenager very few veterans knew, trying to find his way on the Angels' roster and looking to carve a spot for himself in this game. Now, he is in many ways the most popular player in baseball—the guy for whom hundreds of fans line up to see at an airport, the one doing seven-hour photo shoots with Nike, and the player at least one U.S. president refers to in speeches.
Trout spent the offseason outdoors, in the woods or on a boat, as always. He caught a killer wahoo and barracuda with his father in Saint Lucia, attended a Sixers game against the Heat to watch LeBron James (the two have yet to meet) learned to actually enjoy those extensive photo shoots and gracefully embraced all the attention he continued to receive. "If I'm sitting there at my locker at the start of spring and nobody's coming over," Trout said, "that means I'm not doing something right."
And while discussing the farm bill Congress had recently passed, President Barack Obama wanted to express how versatile it was, so he said: "It's like Mike Trout, for those of you who know baseball. It's somebody who's got a lot of tools and multitasks."Trout was rabbit hunting when Obama said that, and his phone instantly began buzzing in his pocket.
"I really can't explain just the last couple years of my life," Trout said. "It's been great. Having fun doing it. That's what I wanted to be as a kid growing up, and I'm taking full advantage of it." (Gonzalez - mlb.com - 02/19/14)
Derek Jeter doesn't like the term "farewell tour," and he doesn't believe "hype" is an accurate description for what surrounds Mike Trout. "I don't like the word hype around him," Jeter said. "It's all deserved. He can do everything. He can beat you in every way."
Trout grew up a Phillies fan in South New Jersey, but he idolized Jeter while growing up a shortstop, and told Jeter as much when the two met during the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City. "It makes you feel good as a player when you have guys that come up and appreciate how you play the game, but he has a very, very bright future," Jeter said of Trout. "He's got a bright present, too."
Bright enough that the world has basically identified Trout as the new face of baseball; as the guy who will take the proverbial torch from Jeter and be the guy fans most identify with in this game. Asked what sticks out most about Trout, Jeter said, "I don't think you pick one thing."
"It seems like he has a desire to keep improving," Jeter added. "He doesn't play the game like he knows he has it made. He plays hard. He runs every ball out, which when you've had the success like he's had for a couple of years, you like to see that. You like to see guys who play the game the right way." (Gonzalez - mlb.com - 5/5/14)
Trout's mind was blown in June 2014. Nike came up with a signature cleat for him, the Nike Lunar Vapor Trout, that the fleet outfielder and representatives from the famed sports equipment and apparel company were showing off.
The shoe was newsworthy in itself: a red and fluorescent yellow wonder of aerodynamics that had been almost two years in the making after numerous consultations between Trout and a team of more than 30 biomechanics experts, designers and innovators working in concert at Nike's Oregon headquarters.
The moment was significant, too, in the annals of sports and pop culture. Trout became only the second baseball player (Ken Griffey Jr. was the first) to have his very own signature shoe line with Nike. That's a big deal in a big industry, and it's a big deal for a big-time talent like Trout.
"Everything that I wanted in a shoe, they made it happen," Trout said after entering a room full of media members to the strains of laid-back electronic dance music while a video of his on-the-field highlights played. "Now that it's here, it just gives me chills looking at it right now. I mean, I'm speechless."
Trout said when he was approached by Nike a few years ago, he told the shoe's designer, Matthew Pauk, and Nike's global product line manager for baseball cleats, former independent league outfielder Cameron Shick, that his goals for the ideal Mike Trout cleat were simple.
"Speed is my game," Trout said. "I wanted to take it to the next level." That meant it had to be comfortable and it had to be lightweight, and, as Pauk described, it also had to adhere to perhaps the most elusive and difficult challenge of all when trying to satisfy an athlete in his early 20s.
"He always leaves us with a little sound bite when we leave him," Pauk said. "Like, 'If I look good, I play good.' And, 'Make it hot.'"
They did, and Trout was effusive in his praise for the work of Pauk and Shick in doing just that. The look of the shoe turns heads, to begin with, with the aerodynamic ridges on the outside of the cleat that almost look like the scales on, well, a trout.
The human Trout also raved about the comfort, which is achieved primarily with the lightweight Nike Lunarlon foam midsole, the "booty" concept in which the ankle is surrounded by a form-fitting sheath after the foot goes into the shoe, a four-way stretch mesh inner sleeve, and the Nike Flywire technology that enables the foot to be "locked down" with cables that go from the top of the cleat to the split Pebax speed plate on the bottom.
The result is a cleat that Trout and his Nike pals are sure will leave vapor trails all over the fields of the American League for years to come. (Miller - mlb.com 6/20/14)
Dan Richter is the athletic trainer at Millville High School and began working with Trout in 2009. He continues to work with Trout in the offseason. And on June 20, 2014, he gave media members a bit of a taste of what Trout goes through in an average day's workout on the field.
Sprints, agility drills, running and leaping at the wall, and endurance and core exercises were demonstrated, with everyone decked out in more of the Trout Nike baseball line gear, including sliding shorts and socks and Dri-FIT caps with the new Nike baseball logo.
"It's been great to work with him because he's such a great athlete, and he's such a unique athlete," Richter said. "I'm just happy to be along for the ride."
"We've been able to push the needle with the aesthetic," Pauk said. "You look at Mike Trout on the field, and he plays the game like nobody else plays the game, so … it's got to be a shoe that has never looked like anything we've done in baseball before." (Miller - mlb.com 6/20/14)
Trout seems not to have lost an ounce of that enthusiasm and wonder. He's clearly doing something he loves, and much like Tony Gwynn once did, Trout arrives at the ballpark seemingly anxious to find out what the day has in store for him.
Trout's at-bats have become must-watch television, but to watch only his at-bats would be to risk missing some of the best parts of his game. He's one of the players who is just as entertaining on defense as he is standing in the batter's box.
Trout is the whole package, and we're the lucky ones who've gotten in on the ground floor of his career. He's still just 22 years old and just passed the 1,500-mark in career at-bats. There's going to be so much more of Mike Trout to enjoy in the years ahead.
So let's all pay attention. Let's appreciate what we're seeing, how special this kid is and how extraordinary it is to watch Trout do pretty much everything. Someday, we'll be able to tell fans, yep, we saw it early on, knew the kid was different. He's one of the players who'll help define this generation of baseball, and aren't we the lucky ones? (Justice - mlb.com - 6/25/14)
Trout was told early on April 13, 2015, that later in the day he'd be playing his 500th career game in the Major Leagues, and for one of the few times in his young life, he was caught off guard.
"Is it really 500?" Trout said. "How 'bout that." It came quick. Trout got there at 23 years and 249 days old. He had already been a three-time All-Star, had won the American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards unanimously, and had put himself in some historic company.
The latest: Trout is one of five players since 1914 to score at least 375 runs and hit at least 95 homers in his first 500 games, joining Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Chuck Klein, and Albert Pujols.
"That is pretty good company," he said. "I just go out there and try to play the game; I don't try to think about numbers too much. But when you're in the company with such great guys, it definitely feels special. Especially with Albert, my teammate. That's pretty cool."
Trout already has 102 stolen bases, which none of the aforementioned players even came close to 100 steals within their first 500 games, a testament to the dynamic skills that have made Trout so unique.
"It's definitely gone quick," said Trout. "You get so excited, and have so much fun doing it, time flies." (Gonzalez - mlb.com - 4/13/15)
Mike continued to amaze in April 2015 when he become the youngest player ever to record 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases.
Both of Trout's homers on April 17—a two-run shot off Roberto Hernandez and a three-run shot off Chad Qualls—in the eighth—came with two strikes. It's all about his mindset.
"When I get aggressive early in the count," Trout said, "it gets me ready for later pitches in the at-bat, as opposed to just letting one go by."
With 104 stolen bases, Trout hit his 100th home run at 23 years and 253 days old, surpassing Alex Rodriguez (23 years and 309 days old in 1999) as the youngest player to reach the 100/100 milestone.
"Mike has always had a two-strike approach," manager Mike Scioscia said. "You see him choke up a bit, let the ball get a little deeper."
"The guy is unbelievable," Angels starterJered Weaversaid. "Nothing he does surprises me anymore. He's doing things that nobody has ever done before. It's awesome to see. It's fun to watch. I always tell everybody that what he does on the field is what it is, but what impresses me even more is how he goes about it off the field. He stays humble. He's a little kid playing a grown man's game." (Gonzalez - mlb.com - 4/18/15)
In 2010, one scout compared the dynamic Angels outfielder to Mickey Mantle . . . way back when Trout was at Class-A Cedar Rapids.
David Mantle said in a segment for MLB Network, "I'm a baseball fan. When I want to see someone playing like Mickey Mantle, I can pull out the home movies. Or I can just watch this kid with the Angels, Mike Trout. Like dad, he's got all the tools. He can run. He can field. And he can hit. Boy, can he hit."
Statistically, there's no doubt that Trout stacks up with Mantle so far in his young career. Baseball-Reference.com lists Mantle as Trout's No. 1 comparable through his age-22 season.
Take a look at the numbers: Trout, 2012-14, age 20-22: .311/.403/.561, 93 HR, 291 RBIs, 98 SBMantle, 1952-54, age 20-22: .303/.400/.518, 71 HR, 281 RBIs, 17 SB
"Like my dad, Mike Trout isn't just good. He's compelling and exciting to watch. So if you're a baseball fan, you've got a chance to see a modern-day Mickey Mantle in center at Yankee Stadium with your own eyes," David Mantle said on MLB Network. "Just be sure to call him Mike, because the kid has clearly made a name for himself. As for the pinstripes, those you're just going to have to imagine." (Berry - mlb.com - 6/5/15)
Trout experimented with switch-hitting because of his father, a Minor League player. Though Trout never tried it out in game action, only showing off for scouts when they asked before games and during batting practice, he does have one highlight as a lefty. Said Trout: "I actually beat my high school team in home-run derby lefthanded. They made me hit left-handed. They told me I had to hit lefty or I couldn't play."
Trout was selected to play in the 2015 All-Star Game. And he was named MVP of the game, due mostly for his leadoff home run to start the game, won by the AL 6-3. Mike also was the MVP of the 2014 All Star Game.
The sun was setting on August 7, 2015, game when an unusual, sing-songy chant broke out from the center-field seats at Angel Stadium. Ha-ppy birth-day to you. Ha-ppy birth-day to you. Ha-ppy birth-day, Mike Trooout …
Trout smiled, looked over, lifted his glove in acknowledgement and heard his personal cheering section roar. Afterward, he said, "It gave me the chills." So, Trout gave those chills right back.Moments after getting serenaded by his home fans, the superstar center fielder turned on a 97-mph fastball from Orioles starter Kevin Gausman and lifted it over the left-center-field fence for his Major League-leading 33rd home run. It marked the third time Trout has homered in the four birthdays he has had in the big leagues, and it set the tone for a wild 8-4 Angels win. He also has homered in the All-Star Game, in walk-off fashion immediately after the All-Star Game, against Felix Hernandez in his first at-bat of the season (two years in a row) and on his mom's birthday (twice in the same game). He has a knack for this sort of thing.
"Who is surprised?" Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun said. "I guess birthdays give him a little bit more juice. I mean he's a year older now, so he's getting his old-man strength." Trout's two other birthday homers came in 2012 and 2013, and they were both his 20th of the season. The older he gets, the more pronounced his power becomes."But his approach and his swing is really more set for gap-to-gap and using the whole field and letting the ball get deep," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It just shows how short and quick and strong he is that he can have that approach but still be able to hit the ball out of the park at the rate he does." (Gonzalez - mlb.com - 8/7/15)
Largely revered as the greatest baseball player on the planet is one of many professional athletes who have a profound fascination in the weather. A piece on Yahoo details the time that Trout slid into the DMs of Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore.
"All of a sudden, I get this direct message from Mike Trout," said Cantore, the Weather Channel's voluble on-camera meteorologist and among the most trusted voices in forecasting today. "He's asking me about the storm. Not like, 'Hey, Jim, it's Mike.' He just went right into the details. He was genuinely curious about what the models said."
And the time that Trout hopped in the car (maybe one of the two he's won as the back-to-back All-Star Game MVP) and drove two and a half hours to watch a storm.
Once during spring training, Trout noticed on a model that Flagstaff, Ariz., was going to get blanketed with snow. The Angels had a day off, so Trout drove the 2½ hours north to watch the storm.
The Weather Channel and Trout have even entered into talks to have Trout moonlight as a field correspondent during the offseason, should a major storm head toward his hometown of Millville, N.J. Cantore even went on to say that he sees Trout chasing tornadoes one day and hopes to be able to work alongside him. (Mike Bertha / 2015)
In 2014, Trout won the Hank Aaron Award, given annually to the most outstanding offensive performer in each league.
In 2014, Mike was the Players Choice Awards pick for AL Outstanding Player of the Year.
In 2014, Trout got the big one—the MVP of the American League Award. The 23-year-old became the fourth youngest MVP in baseball history and the youngest since 23-year-old Cal Ripken of the Baltimore in 1983.
2015: Trout won his second straight All-Star Game MVP. And no, that back-to-back feat has never been done before. Mays ('63 and '68), Steve Garvey ('74 and '78), Gary Carter ('81 and '84) and Cal Ripken Jr. ('91 and 2001) are the only other players to win two such honors in their entire careers.
After homering off of Zack Greinke to start the game (who hasn't allowed a run to score in his last 35 2/3 innings), Trout has cycled, in order, during his his first at-bats from his four All-Star Games. That's right, he has singled, doubled, tripled, and homered—in that order.
Mike was named the Angels' MVP for 2015. Trout was named Angels team MVP for the fourth consecutive season.
Trout's trainer: To be Mike Trout's trainer, you have to be a little resourceful. Sometimes the tallest box isn't quite tall enough, so you have to rest it on a 12-inch platform. Or that giant tire just isn't heavy enough, so you have to throw 310 pounds worth of dumbbells inside of it.
"You have to take the exercises you take with a normal person and make it that much more, because he's that gifted," said Dan Richter, owner of PDR personal-training services. "He keeps making me think outside the box."
Richter is a longtime athletic trainer at Millville High School in South Jersey, where Trout is immortalized. Shortly after Trout went pro, Richter was hired to train him personally during the winter, entrusted with sculpting the body of a man—of a kid—who could one day go down as one of the greatest ever. (Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com/Jan. 2016)
Trout is the only professional athlete Richter trains.
"It's kind of a letdown after he leaves, because you have to go back to the normal athletes," Richter said, laughing. "He's special. I have to tone it down with some of my other people, because it's not Trout."
“There is a mindset now in which parents try to specialize their kids,” Jeff said. “They think, ‘you’re gonna play baseball all year long, and you’re gonna be a big leaguer.’ Well, it don’t work that way. In our view, we encourage them to play all the sports. You develop different skills, different body parts, different parts of your brain.”
“I mean at some point you do have to make a choice,” Debbie said. “I think as kids are growing and developing we’ve always just said: ‘Do what you want.’” We weren’t going to make him play year round baseball. We just weren’t.”
“There’s a thought process that you do this to your kids. And you wonder why these kids are having Tommy John surgery at age 21, 22 when they’re throwing 10 months per year,” Jeff said. (Lindsey Adler - BuzzFeed - April 4, 2016)
In conversation, Trout is polite and unreluctant to converse, but true to his father’s word, he gives simple, straightforward answers. Trout differs from other athletes of his caliber who learn quickly to give media-friendly interviews.
It might stand that the only way to understand the best player in the game is by hearing from the people who know him best: Those who raised him.
The Trouts also acknowledge their son’s reputation for being a bit, well, bland off the field. A recent story in ESPN The Magazine mentioned Trout as contrast to the Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper, another young outfielder: “Mike Trout is Harper’s equal as a player, but he’s as publicly charismatic as a plate of sand.”
“Some people say, “Oh he’s so boring,” but he’s not,” Debbie Trout says. “He has a personality around family.”
“Some people say he shouldn’t be the face of baseball because he’s not controversial enough,” Jeff said. “They say he’s not showy enough. Maybe they’re right. That’s their opinion and their right and maybe that’s true. But in my view, that’s just not who he is.”
“If he has to be showy and all that to be the face of baseball, so be it,” Debbie said, but, “That’s just not Mike. He just doesn’t like that.” (Lindsey Adler/BuzzFeed/April 4, 2016)
2016: The Best Player In Baseball Is Finally Moving Out Of His Parents House. The best player in baseball, Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels center fielder, is heading into his sixth MLB season this year—and is only now moving out of his parents house. Trout, entering his sixth MLB season, will take it to his own new home on 300 acres of woods and farm—just minutes away from his parents’ place.
Why would a baseball superstar with the means to live anywhere in the world choose to live with his folks?
“It was just time,” said the characteristically reticent outfielder. “I figured it was time to get out of the house.”
“It’s just where he wants to be,” Jeff Trout said. “He’s a family guy. He loves his [three-legged] dog. He’s close with his mother. He has a great group of friends here he’s had since he was a little kid. He’s very tight with his brother and sister and he loves his niece and nephew. He grew up fishing and hunting and clamming these woods and these waters.” (Lindsey Adler - BuzzFeed - April 4, 2016)
April 13, 2016: Trout honored Kobe Bryant with special, custom-made cleats and batting gloves to commemorate the Los Angeles Lakers great prior to the final game of his NBA career.
Trout's usual custom-made Nikes were painted black and gold, while his standard batting gloves were black, purple and gold with Bryant's emblem on the index finger and his two jersey numbers, 8 and 24, stitched below the palm. Trout couldn't wear the shoes during the A's game because they were not the Angels' official colors, but he was able to keep the batting gloves on. (Alden Gonzalez - MLB.com)
May 28, 2016: Trout continued his quick rise through the historical ranks, launching his 150th career home run in the first inning of a 4-2 loss to the Astros.
"I was just looking for a fastball, something I could hit. I got that pitch I could get," Trout said.
Trout became one of eight players all-time to record 150 career home runs and 500 career runs scored before his age-25 season, joining Mel Ott, Mickey Mantle, Alex Rodriguez, Jimmie Foxx, Ken Griffey Jr., Frank Robinson and Albert Pujols. Trout is one of just 10 players all-time to record 500 career runs scored before his age-25 season.
"It's pretty cool," Trout said of the accomplishment. "Obviously, I'm not trying to hit homers. Just putting good swings on the ball and see what happens." (F Ardaya - MLB.com - May 29, 2016)
July 2, 2016: Mike Trout took to the skies to propose to his girlfriend, because he does everything right.
What do you do for a proposal when you're one of the game's most gifted stars? You can't do the ballpark proposal -- that sort of thing is reserved for fans ... mostly.
As was revealed on social media, Angels star Mike Trout recently proposed to his girlfriend, Jess, using a method that is totally appropriate considering his penchant for high-flying on-field heroism: He made his query using skywriting, and it was adorable. A sky-high proposal was really a perfect decision for Trout. After all, aviation seems to be one of his other main passions in life, besides baseball and the weather. And... she said YES!!! (A Garro - MLB.com - July 3, 2016)
August 31, 2016: Mike was uninjured in a traffic accident on the 55 Freeway in Tustin, Calif. A major accident requiring a firefighter rescue for a woman trapped in her car occurred around 9:00 p.m. on the freeway, according to CBSLA.com. Trout's vehicle and two other cars collided while trying to avoid the initial crash, the California Highway Patrol told the website, which reported that Trout was not charged in the crash.
"Mike Trout was involved in a car accident earlier tonight," general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement released by the Angels. "I have spoken with Mike this evening and he feels fine. He is at home with his roommate and is planning on traveling with the club to Seattle tomorrow afternoon."
In 2016, Trout was named Baseball America’s 2016 Major League Player of the Year for the third time in five years.
Trout, who turned 25 in August, put up big numbers in 2016, starting with his 9.4 WAR, a full point above Chicago Cubs’ third baseman Kris Bryant (8.4), who finished second. Mike hit.315/.441/.550 with 29 home runs, 100 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 2016. He’s been an All-Star every year since 2012 and named All-Star MVP twice.
Mike is the first player to lead his league in WAR for five consecutive seasons since Babe Ruth. He generated more career WAR prior to his age-25 season (48.5) than any player in history. He surpassed Ty Cobb (46.7) and Mickey Mantle (40.9) this season.
In 2016, Trout won the American League MVP. The 25-year-old superstar claimed his second MVP honor.
March 10, 2017: Mike Trout crossed another rare athletic feat off his growing list of lifetime accomplishments, and no one at Angels camp seemed surprised. The reigning American League MVP was proud to report that he achieved the first hole-in-one of his life, when he aced the par-3 second hole at Raven Golf Club in Phoenix, putting the ball in the cup from 127 yards away with a 56-degree wedge.
Naturally, the first question posed to Angels manager Mike Scioscia in reaction to this occurrence: What can't' this guy do? Consensus seemed to agree a hole-in-one was bound to happen sooner or later for Trout, who says he has a 6 handicap.
"I don't know, man," Scioscia said. "He's dunked a basketball, got a hole-in-one, he can probably run a pretty good stop-and-go as a wideout or a tight end, but we're happy he's playing center field for us."
Typical hole-in-one etiquette says that the player who puts the "1" on the scorecard has to buy drinks for everyone in the clubhouse.
"We missed the round of drinks, but he's going to buy a couple of lunches for us," Scioscia said, adding that Trout would provide In-N-Out Burger and Dominican food. Scioscia was then asked if he's ever had a hole-in-one, and he shook his head and laughed.
"I don't even think in miniature golf I have a hole-in-one," Scioscia said. "I rattle around that windmill." (D Miller - MLB.com - March 11, 2017)
Trout enters the 2017 season still looking to improve. Even as a face of MLB, he isn't concerned with building his brand or increasing his celebrity. His focus is trained intensely on the field, where he hopes to lead the Angels back to the postseason for just the second time in his career.
"I want to be the best ever. That's my mentality," Trout said. "People ask me how do I get my brand up. I just go out there and play. You know, I'm really simple. I go out there and just let my game talk. Once the national anthem goes on, and I go out there and stretch, it's all the mentality of winning baseball games." (Thornburg - mlb.com - 3/31/17)
Angels manager Mike Scioscia is fairly certain that one of his current players will end up in the Baseball Hall of Fame, when it's all said and done, fitting into that same once-in-a-generation mold.
"When you talk to guys who were around Ken Griffey, Junior, they say, 'This guy was the Trout of his time,'" Scioscia said. When you see it every day, and you see what Mike does, every little thing ... he never misses a step."
Trout's 2016 campaign earned him the Esurance MLB Award as Best Major Leaguer, an honor that came as no surprise to his manager.
"Whether it's what he's doing on the basepaths, or in center field, in the batter's box that's obvious, what he does on the bench to prepare for a game, how he works," Scioscia said. "He's a once-in-a-generation player for a reason."
Trout's 2016 was distinctive for several reasons. The center fielder became just the second player in MLB history to hit .315, walk 115 times, score 120 runs and steal 30 bases, joining Ty Cobb in 1915. Additionally, Trout led the AL in runs and walks for the second time in his career (also in 2013), becoming the ﬁrst player to accomplish the feat multiple times since Ted Williams.
"There's a lot of great players out there, a lot of young stars that are coming up," Trout said. "And you've got guys over there like Kris Bryant and [Bryce] Harper. To be named at the top, it's pretty special. And coming from the fans it means a lot too." (Footer - mlb.com - 4/26/17)
May 15, 2017: Trout became the youngest player in MLB history to record 150 home runs and 150 stolen bases.
Oct, 2017: Mike Trout has never kept his Philadelphia Eagles fandom a secret. He grew up in Millville, N.J, which is less than an hour drive from Philadelphia, and routinely attends Eagles games in the MLB offseason. It was little surprise, then, when he showed up for the game between the Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals, and even less of a surprise that he quickly declared his rooting interests.
When wide receiver Torrey Smith caught the third Eagles touchdown of the first quarter, he and his teammates made sure that Trout knew they were also fans of his. Smith did his best impression of the two-time AL MVP: The only thing that remains to be seen? Whether Trout can also hit an imaginary ball with a football. Who are we kidding? He probably can. (E Chesterton - MLB.com - Oct 14, 2017)
Dec. 9, 2017: Trout married Jessica Cox.
Jan 4, 2018: Mike Trout has at least two great passions in life. One of them is baseball. But, when it's winter and baseball isn't in season, then it's the perfect occasion for the other: following the weather. Trout's unusual obsession is far from news. Tweets from him about the weather are not uncommon, he's the unofficial Angel Stadium weatherman, he owns his own weather balloon and he once even appeared on The Weather Channel to provide on-the-ground storm updates in New Jersey.
TWC's Jim Cantore was on Hot Stove for a Trout retrospective. The professional meteorologist was effusive in his praise for the baseball player. "He was on the storm," Cantore said of Trout. While he wasn't himself ready to commit to the severity of the storm, Trout continuously insisted it was going to be a big deal, Cantore said. Lo and behold, Cape May -- just miles from Trout's home of Millville -- got 17-19 inches according to Cantore, in what turned out to be, in meteorological jargon, a "double bomb plus" that hit the Northeast. Trout isn't just into the weather; he knows the weather.
Before the storm hit, Cantore was on MLB Network Radio Wednesday and talked about Trout's surprising hobby. "I've been talking to Mike Trout all week. He's so excited about this storm right now. He's been blowing up my phone. There's no question that he would have been a meteorologist if he wasn't a phenomenal baseball player. He really loves weather. He's a total geek about it and it's great talking to him", said Jim Cantore.
This tweet caught the eyes of Trout's wife, Jessica, who responded by noting that he was keeping a close eye on the most recent storm to hit the Northeast. He has been quick to provide constant updates, much to her chagrin: "@MikeTrout's weather knowledge even impresses one of the best meteorologists out there, @JimCantore. #Angels". "He’s about one weather map photo short of me muting his text message alerts, #theobsessionisreal"
So, how did Trout respond? "Guilty as charged." We can only imagine how happy Trout was last month to get a little bit of snow at his wedding. Hopefully, he didn't bother his then-fianceé with updates just before the ceremony, too. We'll take that as a "maybe." (A Mearns - MLB.com - Jan 4, 2018)
Mike became a married man in December 2017. He and longtime girlfriend Jessica, after 11 years of dating, exchanged nuptials in a beautiful winter-themed wedding.
"Jessica's been there before baseball and through the whole journey," Trout explained. "You say we're getting married young -- I was with her for 11 years," he added.
He continued by discussing how his entire family contributes to his remaining grounded. "That's why I love my family, they're great people." Now we know one of the many reasons why the six-time All-Star is so well-rounded. (Kleinschmidt - mlb.com - 3/9/18)
July 2018 : Trout's seven All-Star selections are a franchise record for the Angels. He also joins Rod Carew as the only Angels players to be chosen as a starter in six consecutive All-Star Games. Trout is the first AL outfielder with six consecutive fan elections since Manny Ramirez, who accomplished the feat from 2001-06.
Trout finished his night 1-for-2 with a walk in the AL's 8-6, 10-inning victory, giving him a hit in all six of his All-Star Game appearances. (He was chosen for a seventh but did not play due to injury.)
Trout joined Hall of Famers Joe Morgan and Willie Mays as the only players with a hit in each of their first six All-Star Games after becoming the fourth American Leaguer to start six Midsummer Classics before his 27th birthday. The latter list is populated by more Hall of Famers: Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Ivan Rodriguez.Trout also became the third AL player with two career All-Star Game homers before turning 27. The two others: Al Kaline and Mantle.
.Garrett Richards and Mike Trout played together in the minor leagues, and Richards recalled that one year, a clubhouse attendant responsible for the laundry asked aloud who the heck was stuffing his pocket full of grass, because of the resulting mess.
"Well, Mike's got a pocket full of grass," Richards said
"Well, Mike's got a pocket full of grass," Richards said. "So that was kind of when I began to notice his little quirks."
There is a backstory to Trout's daily collection of dirt and grass. When his dad, Jeff Trout, played in the minor leagues and was courting Debbie Busonick -- his wife-to-be and Mike's mom -- he "would go to a bunch of stadiums and pick up dirt and tell my mom that one day he'll be able to give her the world," said Mike.
"And I think it went from that, and yeah, I think some days it's grass, some days it's just like pieces of trash or bubblegum wrappers
"And I think it went from that, and yeah, I think some days it's grass, some days it's just like pieces of trash or bubblegum wrappers. I don't know, it's weird. Whatever's working for me that day. I kind of ride with it, and it came from that. The guys know in the clubhouse that I do it, and you know, they mess with me. I've been doing since I came up."• (Buster Olney-ESPN- July 29, 2018 )
Torii Hunter referred to Mike Trout as "The Digger" because of how he creates divots when he runs: Trout is so big and so fast and runs with such ferocity that he leaves craters along the first-base line.
"That's something that I saw in him -- that's the intangible that you can't really teach," he said "When he runs, he digs earth out of the ground and he pounds in there, and just to run down, him running down the line is very impressive Longtime umpire Mike Winters observed about Trout: "When he runs, it's like there's a rooster tail going up behind him Another scout turned and said to Morhardt, "It's like he's a ball of energy In one high school showcase, players were paired up and timed, and Trout was matched against Anthony Gomez, another New Jersey product who would go on to play at Vanderbilt "Like a freight train," Gomez told Morhardt '"He took off, and he was gone
"That's something that I saw in him -- that's the intangible that you can't really teach," he said. "A lot of guys are fast, but they don't dig. They don't find the fight. He digs and finds the fight inside of him to get to first base, and that's a trait I really want a majority of major leaguers and minor leaguers to have, and it's hard to find.
"When he runs, he digs earth out of the ground and he pounds in there, and just to run down, him running down the line is very impressive."
Longtime umpire Mike Winters observed about Trout: "When he runs, it's like there's a rooster tail going up behind him. It's amazing how high the dirt flies up behind him." Greg Morhardt, the Angels' area scout who tracked Trout for that organization, saw that same trait in a teenage Trout, remembering how Trout would tear up the high school fields he played on because of how hard he ran.
Another scout turned and said to Morhardt, "It's like he's a ball of energy. He just rips the ground up."
In one high school showcase, players were paired up and timed, and Trout was matched against Anthony Gomez, another New Jersey product who would go on to play at Vanderbilt. A year later, Morhardt bumped into Gomez, who brought up that match race against Trout. Gomez said that when the hat was dropped to start the sprint, he saw that Trout slipped on his first step -- and Gomez realized he had a shot and took the lead. But Gomez told Morhardt that about halfway across the 60 yards, he could hear Trout coming.
"Like a freight train," Gomez told Morhardt. "You could hear the power of Mike running behind you. "And yes, Trout won.• There was that time when Trout raced Hunter for money, "I said, "Hey, I'll race you for $100,'" Hunter recalled. "Trout, the competitor that he is, says, 'I'll do it. Let's go, I'll race you.' He's very pumped up about it. I got all the clubhouse guys together, got everybody together. In the outfield in Tempe. He's pumped, and he's ready to go, I'm ready to go. They said: On your mark, get set, go!
'"He took off, and he was gone. I wasn't running that fast; I'm not going to beat him. We got past the finish line, and he says, 'Give me my money! Give it to me! "I say, 'No, you owe me $100. I said I'll race you for $100. I didn't say I was going to beat you.' Now I think he's been doing that to a lot of guys lately. Kirby [Puckett] did it to me, and I was able to do it to him, and now he's doing it, too."• (Buster Olney-ESPN- July 29, 2018 )
As a freshman at Millville High School, Trout made the varsity team and started at second base -- and really, really struggled at the outset.
"And as soon as we get outside, he's throwing the ball all over the place," recalled Roy Hallenbeck, Millville's head coach In one game, Trout moved to his left and made a simple throw of 30 feet, and Millville's staffers whooped encouragement "I said [to the assistant coaches], 'Since when at this level do we applaud kids for throwing a ball 30 feet? Leave the kid alone,'" Hallenbeck recalled
"And as soon as we get outside, he's throwing the ball all over the place," recalled Roy Hallenbeck, Millville's head coach. "I mean from second base, he's throwing the ball in the woods. We're doing relays and he's throwing the ball halfway up the fence. I think he had built it up in his mind so much because his father was the coach here and a legend in Millville. It's hard to think of it in these terms now, but at that moment, being a Millville baseball player was the world to him, and he was struggling."
In one game, Trout moved to his left and made a simple throw of 30 feet, and Millville's staffers whooped encouragement. For Hallenbeck, that was not the right thing to do.
"I said [to the assistant coaches], 'Since when at this level do we applaud kids for throwing a ball 30 feet? Leave the kid alone,'" Hallenbeck recalled. "We're paralyzing this kid because we're in his ear every time, so I just asked everybody to step back, just let him get comfortable. I talked to one of the captains and said, 'Hey, just take him under your wing and calm him down.' And it took him no time at all. Mike settled in and everything was fine."• (Buster Olney-ESPN- July 29, 2018 )
With the Angels holding the 24th and 25th picks in the 2009 draft -- and 23 picks ahead of them -- Morhardt was petrified that some other scouts would see Trout's spectacular athleticism on any given play and fixate on it. Morhardt had played with Mike Trout's father in the minor leagues in the '80s, roomed with him in spring training and had enormous respect for Mike and the Trout family ... and yet he found himself sort of rooting against Mike in his senior year at Millville High.
"This is the longest six months of your life as a scout," said Morhardt "We're like halfway through the high school season and I go, "Trouter, don't take this wrong: I hope Mikey doesn't get a hit the rest of the year because I'm just hoping that when other scouts come in to see him, that he struggles and then we get him "When you go to a game, I'm thinking, I'm hoping, I'm praying, 'Can he pop it up to the pitcher so they can't time him [running] to first? Hit him in the wrist or something, and not hurt him "A sprint of 3
"This is the longest six months of your life as a scout," said Morhardt. "Jeff called me one time and said, "Mikey pitched yesterday. He didn't do well, Mo.'
"We're like halfway through the high school season and I go, "Trouter, don't take this wrong: I hope Mikey doesn't get a hit the rest of the year because I'm just hoping that when other scouts come in to see him, that he struggles and then we get him.'
"When you go to a game, I'm thinking, I'm hoping, I'm praying, 'Can he pop it up to the pitcher so they can't time him [running] to first? Hit him in the wrist or something, and not hurt him.', You're trying to figure out a way that Mike can't show his ability. If he hits a grounder that's short, all of the sudden, it's 3.9 seconds.
"A sprint of 3.9 seconds would have made scouts swoon. "And if he hits the ball in the barrel, forget about it," Morhardt said, referring to Trout's power. "So, you're just hoping that the high school kid facing him can't throw a strike. Something."• (Buster Olney-ESPN- July 29, 2018 )
Mike Trout's December 2017 wedding was still a couple of weeks away when he informed his family that the conditions for a winter storm were increasing, a possibility he spoke of giddily. Of course, that's what happened, because as all of Trout's teammates know, everything seems to work out for him.
Snow fell at the wedding "You had some snow on the ground and a bunch of baseball players sitting around," he said "The snow was perfect to make snowballs, Mike Trout recalled "Wives of other guys you know ran inside ducking, they're getting hit At least until the moment the bride was hit -- by the Angels' right fielder "I'm walking with Jessica and Kole's behind me," Trout recalled, "and he picks a snowball up, and he throws it "For being out in the cold," Calhoun said, "I was about as hot as you can get Jessica Trout said, "It was the end of the night, everybody was having so much fun, I didn't even care Calhoun is still apologizing to this day every time he sees Jess, Mike Trout said, chuckling
Snow fell at the wedding. A whole lot of it. Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun was among those who attended.
"You had some snow on the ground and a bunch of baseball players sitting around," he said. "I mean, there's bound to be one or two snowballs was being thrown. It was probably my fault. I was probably the one who started it."
"The snow was perfect to make snowballs, Mike Trout recalled. "We let one go, the first one, and it landed on the patio out back and they looked around; after that it was just straight chaos. People were ducking, diving, hiding behind heaters, hiding behind benches, and it just lasted for probably about a half-hour. I hit one of my buddies in the back, Eddie Adams. Got him pretty good. After that, he was trying to get me the rest of the night.
"Wives of other guys you know ran inside ducking, they're getting hit. So, it was pretty cool."
At least until the moment the bride was hit -- by the Angels' right fielder.
"I'm walking with Jessica and Kole's behind me," Trout recalled, "and he picks a snowball up, and he throws it. I see it and I duck, and it hits Jessica right in the face. Not good."
"For being out in the cold," Calhoun said, "I was about as hot as you can get. It was like, 'Oh my gosh, I can't believe that just happened.' I got a nice little look from Jess, and that was the last snowball that I threw for a while, that's for sure."
Jessica Trout said, "It was the end of the night, everybody was having so much fun, I didn't even care. It was kind of funny. After I scraped it out of my eyelashes and out of my hair, it was kind of funny."
Calhoun is still apologizing to this day every time he sees Jess, Mike Trout said, chuckling. (Buster Olney-ESPN- July 29, 2018)
Mike honored his late brother-in-law, Aaron Cox, with a touching tribute, wearing "A. Cox" on the back of his Players' Weekend jersey at Angel Stadium. Trout had been expected to use "Kiiiiid" as his nickname, but he made the change after Cox died on Aug. 15 at age 24. Prior to the game, the Angels held a moment of silence for Cox, who was also a former Minor League pitcher for the club.
"It meant a lot," Trout said "It's been an emotional and tough couple days for me and my family Trout had been away from the team because of the family tragedy and hadn't played since Aug In an emotional Instagram post, Trout reflected on his treasured memories of Cox, a fellow baseball star at Millville High School in New Jersey and the younger brother of Trout's wife, Jessica "You will always be remembered for your crazy dance moves and your big smile and how much you cared for people and our family While Scioscia said he believes Trout can take some comfort in easing back into his everyday routine with the Angels, he acknowledged that baseball is "not a sanctuary" from grief TRANSACTIONS
"It meant a lot," Trout said. "I didn't really tell anybody I was doing it. I just came in here, I told [clubhouse manager] Keith [Tarter] before the game, 'It'd be cool to honor him tonight.' It was special. He was obviously a brother-in-law to me, but he was one of my closest friends.
"It's been an emotional and tough couple days for me and my family. When you lose a family member like that, it's tough. He was a great kid. I don't wish this upon anybody. When it happened, you just tell yourself you want to wake up from a dream or a bad nightmare. But we'll get through it. He's got a great family."
Trout had been away from the team because of the family tragedy and hadn't played since Aug. 1 because of right wrist inflammation. In his first at-bat of the night, Trout lined a triple off left-hander Dallas Keuchel off the left-field wall and received a stirring ovation from the 42,788 fans at Angel Stadium.
In an emotional Instagram post, Trout reflected on his treasured memories of Cox, a fellow baseball star at Millville High School in New Jersey and the younger brother of Trout's wife, Jessica. "You were more than just my brother-in-law... you were my best friend," Trout wrote. "You made such an impact on my life since the day I first met you. You were an amazing person inside & out that showed us all how to live life to the fullest. Seeing and hearing about your impact on other people are all things that made me a better person every single day.
"You will always be remembered for your crazy dance moves and your big smile and how much you cared for people and our family."
While Scioscia said he believes Trout can take some comfort in easing back into his everyday routine with the Angels, he acknowledged that baseball is "not a sanctuary" from grief. "I think the routine helps you to get through stuff, but there's always that spot for any of us that have lost people," Scioscia said. "Anytime you sit back and reflect in the dugout, or out there on the field, it's always with you." (Guardado - mlb.com - 8/24/18)
June 2009: The Angels drafted Mike in the first round, out of Millville High School in New Jersey.
"During the process, on behalf of Mike, I asked only that the Angels compensate Mike fairly for his historic 2012 season, given his service time," Landis said in a statement. "In my opinion, this contract falls well short of a 'fair' contract and I have voiced this to the Angels throughout the process. Nonetheless, the renewal of Mike's contract will put an end (to) this discussion."
February 26, 2014: Trout and the Angels agreed on a $1 milion contract for the 2014 season, a prelude to a much bigger deal in the near future. It was the largest pre-arbitration contract for a player, surpassing a record shared by Ryan Howard, who got $900,000 from the Phillies in 2007, and Albert Pujols, who got the same amount from the Cardinals in 2003.
March 29, 2014: Trout and the Angels formalized his six-year, $144 million deal, committing himself to the Angels through 2020. He became the first player with less than three years of service time to sign a deal for more than $20 million a year.
Trout is a rare talent with five above average tools. He can be a difference maker in every phase of the game: with his hitting ability, hitting for power, running and fielding and possibly even his arm (his weakest tool).
He has a quiet approach at the plate and has improved his ability to hit breaking pitches. He has a short righthanded swing and stays inside the ball well. He is strong and broad-shouldered, like a football safety.
Mike exhibits sound strike-zone judgment, exhibiting a very impressive eye at the plate. He is able to make adjustments. He has a good understanding of staying inside the baseball, using the other side of the field.
Trout is not afraid to hit with two strikes. He remembers how hitters attack him and makes adjustments on the fly. He really works deep counts well, sees a lot of pitches and always has a high on-base percentage.
He uses the whole field and has line-drive power to the gaps. And he is fast. The defense plays back because he hits the ball so hard, so he bunts on you. And if you play in, he's going to hit the ball by you.
Mike has the ability to adapt his hitting approach to wherever he's placed in a lineup. His strong baseball IQ and full-throttle approach allow him to get the absolute most out of his tools, four of which grade as future plusses or better. He combines a rare blend of bat control, strike-zone management, blazing speed and burgeoning power.
When Trout became a minor leaguer, he decided to give away one of those precious strikes. Nearly every time up, he would not swing until he had a strike. He essentially forfeited the biggest advantage available to hitters—to clobber pitches with the freedom of no strikes—and intentionally made the art of hitting even more difficult . . . at age 17.
"I feel like if I go up there first-pitch hitting and roll over on it, that's a wasted at bat," he says. "If I see seven or eight pitches and then I roll over, it's still a good at bat. I just want to see pitches."
The average major league hitter puts the first pitch into play 11% of the time. This year Trout has done so 5% of the time. If he does swing at the first pitch, it most often is in his third at bat against a starting pitcher. "You have to switch it up once in a while," he says. (Tom Verducci-Sports Illustrated-8/27/12)
Teammate Torii Hunter loves the way Trout regularly makes such pure contact that the ball will leave his bat on a line with no spin, causing it to knuckle
"It's hard to hit balls perfectly square," Hunter says. "He's doing it almost every other swing in batting practice."
But there is one skill that really sets Trout apart: his freakish ability to recognize pitches. As much as hitters work on strength-training and the mechanics of hitting, it is a hitter's processing and computational skills that define greatness. Trout may be the best in the Major Leagues since Barry Bonds at identifying pitches—spin, velocity and where it will cross the plate-as quickly as possible after it leaves a pitcher's fingertips.
Says Angels assistant G.M. Scott Servais, "He's as good as I've ever seen at knowing where the outside corner is. That's 90 percent of our game: the four or five inches on the plate or off the plate. You may see guys in a two- or three-week period when they're in the zone. But you don't see it with a guy all the time. Except for him."
Mike gets to the park an hour early and goes through the same routine: He puts extra emphasis on high flips—where most pitches still work him, and where he tries to get on top of the ball—and on flips at his front hip. He says he used to "chicken wing" inside pitches into weak popups. In 2012, he has been able to extend his arms and turn on those pitches, a source of his unxpected power surge, which has led to more home runs.
On August 23, 2012, Trout (21 years, 16 days) became the youngest player since at least 1901 to record 40 steals and 20 homers in a season.
In 2012, Mike became 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. Mike is the only player in MLB history to have a 30-30 season at age 20 or younger. He had 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases in 2013.
And his 10.7 wins above replacement (WAR) was the highest for a position player since Bonds posted 11.6 WARs for the Giants in 2001 and 2002.
April 12, 2013: It was only a matter of time, Angels manager Mike Scioscia often said, before Trout's impact bat would move closer to the middle of the order so he can have more opportunities to drive in runs. That time, apparently, is eight games into the 2013 season.
In May 2013: Trout became the youngest person in MLB history to hit for the cycle.
On his 22nd birthday, Trout had 352 hits and 143 walks in his career. Trout is just the sixth player since 1900 with 350 hits and 140 walks before turning 22. Mel Ott, Al Kaline, Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, and Ken Griffey Jr. round out the list.
Trout also joins Kaline and Mantle as the third player with 65 doubles, 15 triples, and 50 home runs before turning 22. Trout has 65 doubles, 16 triples and 54 home runs. And Trout's 77 career stolen bases make him the third AL player since 1900 to steal 75 bases before turning 22. Rickey Henderson and Ty Cobb were the others.
The Angels' phenom is also the 12th player since 1900—joining Ott, Griffey Jr., Kaline, Mantle, Foxx, Cobb, Cesar Cedeno, Tony Conigliaro, Eddie Mathews, Ted Williams, and Alex Rodriguez—with at least 134 extra-base hits before turning 22.
Mike has a phrase he'll often repeat to himself when he's at the plate, a three-word sentence that's ever-crucial to the game's best all-around player. "Don't get big."
It's a reminder, and it means to stay short with his swing and not expand his strike zone. He will catch himself "getting big" from time to time, so Trout will step out, collect himself, and at some point before he digs back into the box—either while he's adjusting his batting gloves or taking a dry swing or exhaling deeply—he'll think of that phrase and, more often than not, get back to normal on the very next pitch.
Thing is, it isn't supposed to be that easy. Adjustments like that aren't typically applied that quickly.
The most prevalent example of that came in June 2014, amid the tension and the pressure and the noise of a crucial spot in front of an anxious fan base, when Trout took a pitch deep for a game-tying, eighth-inning grand slam. Trout admittedly came to the plate searching for a home run, then fouled off a couple of mid-90s fastball, repeated that magic phrase, stayed up the middle with his swing, and smashed a line drive out to left-center field.
"You get big in situations, and you lose your mechanics in the swing," Trout said then. "I just had to remind myself to stay short."
It's rare enough to make adjustments within at-bats; it's a whole different thing to do them within such pressure-packed circumstances—at just 22 years old.
"Those are separator things, really," said Angels interim hitting coach Dave Hansen. "We talk about it all the time, to be able to quiet stuff down. When [hitters] are going good, they do. But to do it in an at-bat, I mean, that's beautiful stuff. I don't think you can teach that. He's got most of the stuff you can't teach.
"He may struggle a little bit from time to time, but not mentally," said Hansen, who pointed out that it's especially important for Trout not to expand his strike zone because his swing is so short.
Trout's best trait may be his plate presence, which includes his strike-zone awareness and his comfort with hitting in two-strike counts. Through it all, he shot himself the same reminder: "Don't get big."
"Remarkable," Hansen said. "I'm impressed with his discipline around the plate."
What sticks out most about Trout for Hansen is "the consistency with which he does it. I mean, it's every day," he said. "[Opponents] really only get to see it in short spurts, three-day segments. But it's amazing all the time. It's so consistent. I think that's what stands out, more than his skill, is the consistency with how he repeats it." (Gonzalez - mlb.com - 6/16/14)
"If you're up there thinking, you're going to get out, 100 percent of the time," Trout said when told of Yogi Berra's famous remark that a player can't hit and think at the same time. "Once the game comes, I'm not trying to think up there; that's when you get in trouble.
"I'm not a big film, video guy. I just go out and play. I don't think about what's going to come. I like to see what the pitcher's got, what his slider's doing, that kind of thing. But that's about it. Sometimes when you're in a skid, you go look at film and see what you were doing when you were going good. Then maybe you make little adjustments."
When he fell into a rare slump earlier in the season, Trout saw on video what he'd felt at the plate, that he was swinging too hard, trying too hard to drive the ball. He settled back into his normal style, not forcing things, and the balls started flying off his bat again.
"I just go out and play," he said when asked about the streak. "I don't worry about the past. It's a new day. Just stay positive, have confidence in your ability and routine. Stick to it." (Spencer - mlb.com - 6/20/14)
August 27, 2014: Trout blasted his 30th home run of the season, tying his career high from 2012 and placing him in select company. The 23-year-old center fielder became just the fifth American League hitter to have two 30-home run seasons through their age-22 seasons, joining Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Jose Canseco and Alex Rodriguez.
September 5, 2014: Trout became the youngest player in Angels history to drive in 100 RBIs in a season. But he's closing in on another, more-exclusive club: The 100-RBI mark from the No. 2 spot of the lineup.
Dating back to 1914, only eight players have driven in 100 runs from the No. 2 spot: Eddie Mathews, Jay Bell, Aaron Hill, Edgardo Alfonzo, Dwight Evans, Ryne Sandberg, Robin Yount and Alex Rodriguez (twice).
The reason for the rarity is two-fold: Guys who drive in triple-digit runs typically hit in the middle of the order, and a player's opportunities to drive in runs are limited while batting second.
How many more RBIs would Trout have if he batted third? More, definitely, but maybe not by much.
As Angels manager Mike Scioscia said: "If we had another Mike to put in front of Mike, you'd see a guy with 130 RBIs right now."
The Angels, of course, don't have another Trout. So it's not as if Trout would pick up Pujols' RBI opportunities, because Pujols' RBI opportunities are largely a product of Trout getting in scoring position so frequently. And part of the reason Scioscia has yet to move Trout to the No. 3 spot is because the skipper would struggle to find two consistent on-base threats to bat in front of Trout.
Scioscia feels like the No. 2 spot is his best compromise for Trout's abilities.
"Just the fact of moving him from first to second—I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but it creates a lot more opportunities to hit with men on base," said Scioscia, who moved Trout out of the leadoff spot in April 2013. "There's no doubt this guy's a multidimensional player. He's not just a table-setter. I think eventually when he settles into the middle of the lineup and he has on-base [ability] in front of him, he'll have the potential to knock in 120 runs." (Alden Gonzalez - MLB.com - 9/6/2014)
In 2014, Mike scored his 100th run to become the sixth player in baseball history (joining Mel Ott, Buddy Lewis, Ted Williams, Vada Pinson and Alex Rodriguez) to notch triple-digit runs three times before his age-23 season. (9/10/14)
April 13, 2015: Trout became one of five players since 1914 to score at least 375 runs and hit at least 95 homers in his first 500 games, joining Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Chuck Klein, and Albert Pujols.
April 17, 2015: Trout continues to amaze. And it isn't even about what he did in the game that saw him carry the Angels to a 6-3 win and become the youngest player ever to record 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases.
It's that he keeps evolving.
Both of Trout's homers in the series opener against the Astros—a two-run shot in the sixth, a three-run shot in the eighth—came with two strikes. He is now 8-for-20 on two-strike counts this year, an encouraging sign for a player who strives to cut down his strikeout total in 2015.
It's all about his mindset.
"When I get aggressive early in the count," Trout said, "it gets me ready for later pitches in the at-bat, as opposed to just letting one go by." (A Gonzalez - MLB.com - April 18, 2015)
June 25, 2015: Albert Pujols was the first to spring off his perch on the Angels' dugout steps, just ahead of Trout, who was just ahead of the rest of his teammates. It was in the 13th inning of their series finale against the Astros, and the Angels thought they'd won. With the winning run on third base, Houston reliever Chad Qualls had clearly balked, his front knee breaking during his stretch.
All the Angels saw it, but Pujols and Trout reacted a split-second before everyone else, jumping up and pointing at Qualls. Maybe that's random. Or maybe two of the game's elite hitters, defining players of consecutive generations, notice some things just a little bit quicker.
"Albert is fixated on pitchers and watches the game probably more closely than anybody I've seen as far as a player," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think that influence is important for Mike, because he's understanding the importance of details, looking at little things—whether it's the pitcher's delivery, noticing a balk, whatever. So no, it doesn't surprise me."
Does that rub off on Trout? Well, Trout's explanation of how closely he watches pitchers is strikingly similar to that of Pujols. "We're not just looking for balks. We're looking at different things, what he's trying to do to hitters," Trout said. "We're always involved in the game, so when you see a little movement like that—we thought it was a balk."
So when Pujols and Trout are standing together at the Angels' dugout entrance, they're not only watching intently, ready to react; they're often in discussion.
"Yeah, for sure, we talk about our at-bats, what the pitcher's trying to do in that game," Trout said. "What pitches he's got, what he throws the most of, what the pitch is doing. Other than that, nothing too crazy.
"[Pujols] has a pretty good idea of what the pitcher's trying to do to him in his at-bats. I just ask him a lot of questions, and he usually gives me the right answers. I don't try to think about it too much, but every little piece of information helps." (D Adler - MLB.com - June 27, 2015)
July 26, 2015: Trout became the quickest player to hit 30 HRs in Angels history.
September 5, 2015: Trout joined Willie Mays as the only players with four straight seasons of at least 25 homers, five triples, and 10 stolen bases.
September 22, 2015: Trout reached 40 home runs for the first time in a season. He became one of six American League outfielders to hit 40 home runs before their age-24 season, joining Juan Gonzalez, Ken Griffey Jr., Jose Canseco, Reggie Jackson, and Joe DiMaggio. Trout now has 138 career home runs, the most ever by a center fielder through his age-23 season.
Zepp and Trout have also teamed with Tennessee-based Old Hickory Bat Company, manufacturer and supplier of maple, ash and birch bats to players of all ages and play level, for the Mike Trout Old Hickory Smart Bat.
“It felt good on the field. It doesn’t feel any different than any other bat, which is really important,” Trout said during a media preview Sunday in Tempe. “This is a big help. It gives you exact data. It’s pretty cool how you can put a sensor inside the handle and not even feel it.”
The sensor will also be used for softball, tennis and golf to help athletes and coaches with performance data to help improve their game. As Trout swings his smart bat, the sensor gives detailed analytics on his swing with 1,000 data points. Five simple metrics give the player and coach instant information to make slight adjustments. The data can be seen on an app, including impact bat speed, hand speed max, time to impact, bat vertical angle and attack angle/the direction the bat goes to the ball.
Zepp captured over 80 million swings from a who’s who of professional baseball players to include in the information. Youth players can “inspire to play like their heroes,” said John Hauer, senior manager of product marketing for Zepp.
“This is real data that is unbiased,” Hauer said. “This levels the playing field.” (Hayley Ringle - Phoenix Business Journal - March 2016)
August 6, 2016: Trout's home run made him one of five American League players to hit 20 or more home runs in five seasons before their age-25 season. The others are Mickey Mantle, Tony Conigliaro, Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr.
With his 20th home run in 2017, Mike joined an elite club. Trout, who launched a two-run shot off Jake Thompson to help power the Halos' seven-run third, became only the fourth American League player to hit at least 20 home runs six times before his age-26 season, joining Alex Rodriguez, Tony Conigliaro and Mickey Mantle.
Trout has now homered off 25 of 30 Major League teams and secured his sixth consecutive season with at least 20 homers, tying Tim Salmon for the longest streak in Angels history. (Guardado - mlb.com - 8/2/17)
August 7, 2017: Mike celebrated his 26th birthday by logging his 1,000th career hit and homering in the Angels' 6-2 loss to the Orioles at Angel Stadium. Trout lined a leadoff double off Baltimore right-hander Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning to collect his milestone hit, prompting the 34,142 fans in attendance to give him a standing ovation. He became the 2nd youngest active player to reach 1,000 career hits.
Aug 19, 2017: Mike Trout joined a prestigious club at Camden Yards, all while keeping the Angels in the heart of the American League Wild Card chase. Trout hit two more homers, and the Angels hit four overall, en route to a 5-1 victory over the Orioles. His first homer, which came in the first inning, was his 25th of the season and made him the third player in Major League history to hit 25 homers in a season six times before his age-26 season.
The other two? Hall of Famers Eddie Mathews and Frank Robinson.
"To be grouped up with [those] guys, it's an unbelievable feeling," Trout said. "It's pretty cool." (J Seidel - MLB.com - Aug 20, 2017)
September 6, 2017: Mike set a franchise record by walking in his 14th consecutive game in the Angels' 3-1 loss against the A's at the Coliseum. Trout drew a free pass off left-hander Sean Manaea in the first inning to snap a tie with Albie Pearson, who set the previous record in 1961.
September 29, 2017: Mike Trout reached an impressive milestone, launching his 200th career home run in the first inning of the Angels' 6-5 win over the Mariners at Angel Stadium. With the blast, Trout joined Alex Rodriguez, Jimmie Foxx, and Mickey Mantle as the only American League players to reach the 200-home run mark before their age-26 seasons.
July 31, 2018: Trout joined Willie Mays as the only players to hit 30 home runs and steal 20 bases in three seasons before their age-26 campaigns.
When you think of Mike in 2018, you probably think of an all-powerful baseball god. A man who hits dingers so high they could break the sky, a gravity-defying outfielder who robs fly balls from becoming homers, a three-time MVP who's already an all-time great.
So, if asked how Trout got his very first Major League hit seven years ago as a 19-year-old, you might think "a home run that's still traveling today" or a "laser-beam triple that set the outfield grass on fire as it ripped through our feeble atmosphere."
But no, it was ... A BUNT. A run-scoring bunt, to be exact.
It was the second game of Trout's career and he finished 1-for-3 on the day with two runs. His first dinger would come two weeks later against submarine-throwing Mark Worrell in Baltimore.
Since that game, Trout has only bunted seven other times -- none since 2012 -- and gotten hits twice. So yes, he even bunts at an exceptional .375 clip. Here's hoping he lays one down again soon for the small, yet proud, "Never Dinger, Hit Bunts" crowd. (Monagan - mlb.com - 8/6/18)
As of the start of the 2018 season, Trout had a .306 career batting average with 201 home runs and 569 RBI in 3,399 at-bats in the Majors.
Mike has very good range and instincts in center field. He gets a very good jump on the ball off the bat, covering both gaps.
He has a pretty good arm there, but it is his worst tool, though certainly not a liability. He has such accuracy on his throws it makes up for his fringe-average arm.
During the 2012 season, Trout seemed to make a highlight video at least once a week.
"It was the ball you thought was going to drop in that Trout was there to catch. It was bringing back homers. It had to happen four or five times during the year. They weren’t just simple, ‘Jump up on the yellow stripe.’ It was two feet over the wall where it looked like his arm was going to disconnect from his body and then bringing the ball back," Angels G.M. Jerry Dipoto said.
The one aspect Trout's game that has ever prompted even the slightest bit of criticism, and kept observers from calling him a true five-tool player, is the strength of his throwing arm. Don't think he hasn't noticed.
"He's got a little chip on his shoulder that he's trying to prove people wrong," said Angels bench coach Dino Ebel, who works with the outfielders. "That's the good thing about him. Like Albert [Pujols]. If you say he can't do something, he's going to prove you wrong. That's what Trout's mindset is: 'I'm going to show everybody that I do have this arm strength, and I'm going to go out and do it.' And he has."
In the Spring Training that preceded Trout's historic rookie season, the 22-year-old was limited greatly by tendinitis in his right shoulder. And when he was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake in March, he vowed to Ebel that he would improve his throwing.
Ebel believes Trout has "an average to above-average arm right now."
"He was on that fringe of average," Ebel said. "Now, he's past that. He's average to above-average—when everything is right, his footwork."
Arm strength is probably the toughest aspect to improve because, as strength and conditioning specialist T.J. Harrington noted, the three muscles that account for how hard you throw (the teres major, teres minor, and infraspinatus) are small and almost impossible to strengthen.
"Just look at bodybuilders," Harrington said. "You can bulk up and look great. It doesn't mean that you have functionality to do anything. You just look good. We'd rather have the joint strong, then put muscle on top of it. Now you can do whatever you want. But if you're bulking up on top of the muscle, you still don't have shoulder stability. You need that stability."
Resistance-band exercises, which Harrington has his position players do twice a week, helps strengthen those muscles, but there's no one exercise that can make you throw harder. The best way to improve arm strength, Harrington said, is through better mechanics and muscle memory, a byproduct of long-tossing.
Trout entered the organization as a 17-year-old with raw throwing mechanics, and because he played in the Northeast, where harsh winters prevent players from throwing year-round.
"He's improving on it every day, he's working at it, and that's something he's taken pride in from Day 1," Ebel added. "He's doing the weight program, the shoulder exercises, we're throwing to bases more now, he's throwing more long-toss." (April 6, 2014 Alden Gonzalez MLB.Com.)
Trout, having learned the hard way, no longer is playing with reckless abandon, crashing into walls. Defensively, Trout's routes and arm strength have been questioned. Working diligently, he has upgraded his defense significantly. (June 2014)
Mike has been knocked for his arm in the past, but the Angels superstar delivered an incredible 250-foot throw to nail Robinson Chirinos at the plate and prevent the go-ahead run from scoring in the ninth inning of the Halos' game against the Rangers at Angel Stadium.
With the score tied at 4, a pair of runners on and two outs, Shin-Soo Choo shot a single to center field, prompting Chirinos to attempt to score from second. Trout fired a no-hop throw to catcher Martin Maldonado, who tagged Chirinos for the final out of the inning.
"That throw was incredible," left fielder Cameron Maybin said. The Angels ultimately fell, 7-5, after the Rangers rallied for three runs in the 10th, but Trout's impressive play still drew plenty of praise from his teammates.
"It's one of my best throws, for sure," Trout said. "Obviously, it was a big play in the game. I saw him going around the bases, and I knew I had a shot. Just put it right on the money." (Guardado - mlb.com - 8/23/17)
Mike has been clocked in 6.5 seconds in the 60-yard-dash. And he gets from home plate to first base in 3.9 seconds on a routine grounder to shortstop—superb speed from the right side. That means he legs out a lot of infield hits. And he can beat out a bunt in 3.65 to 3.7 seconds.
Scouts rate him at least a 70, and normally an 80, for his speed in the 20-80 scouting scale.
In 2012, Trout became the youngest player to steal 40 bases since a kid named Ty Cobb swiped 53 for the 1907 Tigers. He fell one steal short of joining Barry Bonds and Eric Davis as the third player in history to pull off a 30-50.
He wound up with 30 homers and 49 steals. At one point, Trout bagged 30 steals in a row without being caught.
June 17, 2013: When the 21-year-old scored his 249th run of his career, he became the fastest player to score 200 runs since Ted Williams (225 games) and Barney McCosky (236 games) reached the mark in 1940.
On August 7, 2013, his 22nd birthday, Trout's 77 career stolen bases made him the third AL player since 1900 to steal 75 bases before turning 22. Rickey Henderson and Ty Cobb were the others.
On the bases, Trout dives head-first more often than purists would like but appears to have figured out how to reduce injury risk, starting his dive at the correct distance from the bag and keeping his hands out of harm's way.
April 21, 2015: If you're in Miami, Cincinnati, or the greater Los Angeles area, the fastest man in baseball is likely playing in a stadium near you.
Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton, Miami second baseman Dee Gordon, and Angels center fielder Mike Trout are widely considered three of the main contenders for this unofficial crown, and with the advent of Statcast technology, it's easier than ever to determine who is the fleetest of foot.
Recent stolen bases by the three players were dissected by Statcast and analyzed by MLB Network's Bill Ripken, and the findings were eye-opening. During a recent steal against the Braves, Gordon took a lead of 11.2 feet and hit a top speed of 21.1 mph on the way to second base. That's fast, but it's not Hamilton fast.
Hamilton stole a base against the Cubs this season and hit 21.2 mph, which explains how he was able to get away with a huge lead of 11.9 feet.
Trout's no slouch, of course. He had the shortest lead—10.5 feet—in the clip of a steal against Oakland, and he still managed to get to a top speed of 20.8 mph. (D Miller - MLB.com - April 21, 2015)
March 2012: Trout battled a nasty virus most of spring training, dropping 15 pounds, but gaining 10 of it back by the start of the season.
He also was limited to DH duties for a time because of tendinitis in his right shoulder.
May 29, 2017: Trout has a UCL tear in his left thumb and has been placed on the DL for the first time in his career.
May 31-July 14, 2017: Trout underwent surgery to repair the UCL tear in his left thumb and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
June 26, 2018 : Trout started at designated hitter for the seventh consecutive game, but he could be back in center field soon. He played catch before the Angels' series opener against the Red Sox and said his sprained right index finger has improved.
"It felt better than it did," Trout said. "Just day to day. Hopefully, I'll play in a few days."
Trout's finger injury has hampered his ability to throw, preventing him from taking his usual spot in center field for the last week. While the Angels have managed to keep his bat in the lineup by starting him at DH.
August 6, 2018 : Trout has been held out of the lineup since August 1, when he jammed his wrist sliding during a game against the Rays. Trout received a cortisone injection in his right wrist, the club announced.
Aug 10-24, 2018: Mike was on the DL with right wrist inflammation
Aug 10-24, 2018: Mike was on the DL with right wrist inflammation.