Mike Trout’s 2020 season ended with MLB’s playoffs once again lacking the best player in a quest for a championship. A shortened season caused by a global pandemic casts a sense of proportion on the disappointment, but in baseball terms. . . this is getting old.
The 2020 season offered a lot of promise for the Angels to reach the finally reach the playoffs for the first time since 2014. Anthony Rendon signed a free-agent contract and would provide sufficient lineup protection for Trout. Shohei Ohtani would be able to rejoin the meager pitching staff. Top prospect Jo Adell would be waiting in the wings to join the team, and the league would open up the playoff structure so that half of the total teams would make the playoffs. For the Angels to miss the playoffs in that situation the team would have to seriously underperform. Sadly, that is exactly what happened.
Mike Trout spoke to a group of reporters about the impact of the Astros cheating scandal and what should be done to punish the players.
Mike Trout, on his view of the Astrros’ ’17 World Series title: “You don’t know what helped them or what not. But if you know what’s coming, it’s going to definitely help you. It’s tough. Taking a trophy away, taking the rings away, I think they should definitely do something.”
Mike Trout gave a couple of television interviews after receiving the news that he had won his 3rd MVP award. He talks about his performance over the year, the difficulty caused by the death of Tyler Skaggs and his hopes for the future.
Mike Trout has won his third AL MVP. Well deserved in every way.
In response Mike said “I am grateful to have coaches, teammates, family & a wife who continue to support me so I can play the game I love. To be acknowledged alongside such great competitors like Alex and Marcus is an incredible feeling… I’m truly humbled. Thank you.”
"He represents everything that is right with the game of baseball."
The 2019 season ends with Mike Trout turning in what he considers his best season to date. It’s hard to argue with his assessment and impossible to argue against his place as the best in the game.
The season began with Mike Trout signing the largest contract in MLB history. $426.5 million over 13 years with an average annual value of $36.5 million, the contract effectively insures Trout will remain an Angel for the rest of his career. He showed that he was absolutely worth every penny by outperforming the contract once again. His value to his team for the year could easily have been worth as much as $60-80 million as compared to other free agent signings.
On their first game in Anaheim since the death of Tyler Skaggs the entire team honored their friend by wearing #45 and the name Skaggs on their jerseys. The team put on an incredible performance by racking up 13 runs and shutting the Mariners down with a No-Hitter.
Mike Trout did his part by batting in six RBI. In his first at bat he swung at the first pitch; something he rarely does. The homer was measured by Statcast at 454 feet with an exit velocity of 111mph.
After the game Mike got emotional discussing the game and what Tyler meant to him.