Mike Trout 2019

Settling In – 2019 and Beyond

After signing a career forming contract that will likely leave him in an Angels uniform for the rest of his career, Mike Trout sets out to lead his team into the playoffs. Most pundits and projection systems have the Angels as a slightly improved team from 2018 that is one of the last teams to miss the playoffs. While there is some chance that the Angels out-perform these predictions a lot will ride on players not-named Mike Trout. Most notably the starting pitching staff will have to exhibit greater resilience to injury than it has shown in the last several years. Other players such as Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani will need to return from injury with the power to impact the offense in ways that prevent teams from intentionally walking Trout.

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Mike Trout’s Bargain Baseball Deal

It’s finally done. Mike Trout has signed a contract extension that will almost certainly wrap up his career. The Angels created a new deal for Trout that gives him a pay raise over the next two years and extends him for 10 years beyond that for a total of $426.5 million. The average annual value of the deal is just under $36 million dollars a year. By many accounts it’s a steal considering Trout could be worth $80 million a year over the next four years. One writer was bold enough to say that he should be worth a billion dollars over 12 years (but he’s not getting it because of cultural norms). The Angels might be overpaying on the last few years of the deal, but at his current rate of production, they’ll be paying off earlier years of excess value.

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Trout’s Next Contract

This offseason has seen the signing of contracts of three of Mike Trout’s contemporaries. Manny Machado signed a ten year deal with the Padres. Nolan Arenado remains with the Rockies for potentially another 8 years. Bryce Harper just completed terms with the Phillies, locking him up for 13 years. In addition Giancarlo Stanton is in the midst of a 13 year contract with the Marlins/Yankees. These four contracts represent the best available information about what kind of extension the Angels might offer Trout and/or what kind of deal he might expect on the open market after the 2020 season. While none of these players offer the same performance value as Trout, in fact he might be as good as any two of them combined, they represent the elite talent at the same age.

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Ride Along with Mike Trout

MLB released a ride-along interview with Mike Trout as he prepares for the season at Spring Training in Arizona. The discuss what it’s like to be a teammate with Shohei Ohtani, the toughest pitcher in the league and the pitch he has the toughest time with. It’s a great watch.

2019 Trout Stadium Giveaways

Mike Trout Silver Slugger bobblehead 2019The  Angels have released their promotional schedule for the 2019 season.  The list includes several Mike Trout themed items including jerseys, hats, coolers, backpacks and two bobbleheads.  The first bobblehead celebrates Trout’s six Silver Slugger Awards.  The second honors the Angels professional sports neighbor the Anaheim Ducks.

April 5, Friday – Rangers
Promotion: Trout Silver Slugger Bobblehead
Presented By Presented By Automobile Club of Southern California

April 20, Saturday – Mariners
Promotion: Youth Trout Jersey
Presented By Angels Radio AM830 | Youth jerseys for first 10,000 fans ages 3-13, while supplies last.

June 27, Thursday –  Athletics
Promotion: Trout #27 Cooler Backpack
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Diamond in the Rough – 2018 Season Review

The 2018 season began with a great deal of promise for Mike Trout.  Trout had recently gotten married and seen his favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles, win the Super Bowl. In addtion, the Angels offseason saw the addition of Justin Upton (through a contract extension), Zack Cozart, Ian Kinsler and the two-way phenom, Shohei Ohtani.   It appeared the Angels would be on track for their first playoff appearance since 2014.

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The season started with a bang as the Angels won 11 of their first 13 games. The offense seemed to be on fire and the pitching staff healthier than it had been in years.  But that optimism didn’t last much past May. Key injuries to Kenyan Middleton, Garret Richards, Shohei Ohtani, and Zack Cozart railroaded the team. In addition Kole Calhoun ran into a major hitting slump which required him to rework his entire swing in the offseason. Justin Upton had a mediocre start to his season that didn’t really strengthen until the latter part of the year.  All of these plus a slew of other injuries robbed the Angels of a winning season.  Meanwhile Mike Trout continued to do Mike Trout things. Continue reading Diamond in the Rough – 2018 Season Review