Seattle’s bullpen is a mess, so Mike Trout and the Angels offered to sweep.
After just five full seasons in the Major Leagues Mike Trout has shown himself to be on pace for a Hall of Fame Career. It could be that he reaches stat-benchmarks that put him as shoe-in for Cooperstown 3 years before he even has reached the ten years of playing time eligibility. Trout is the only player to come in first or second in MVP voting in his first 5 years. A respectable argument can be made that if you take away stats influenced by his teammates; Trout would could have won the MVP award all five years. He has been the leader in WAR (Wins Above Replacement) in the American League for the past five years in a row. If he can accomplish the feat again this year he will be the first player since Babe Ruth (1926-1931) to do it six years in a row.
At 25 years of age, he has more hits that Pete Rose had at 25, more home runs than Barry Bonds had at 25, and more stolen bases than Rickey Henderson had a 25. Though it’s unlikely for him to beat any of their records (much less all three), Trout has proven himself to be an elite force in baseball.
In addition for seeking his third MVP award keep your eye for him to reach 1,000 hits sometime around mid-July. He should have 500 walks in mid-May. He’ll find 50 career WAR by the end of April (he’s ALREADY the Angels all-time leader). He’ll reach the 200 doubles mark in August and if things go his way he could hit his 200th home run in the last few weeks of the season.
The Angels have released their list of promotional stadium giveaways for 2017. The list includes several Mike Trout themed items including 4 Trout bobbleheads. Plus a set of Mike Trout socks and a Rookie of the Year blanket featuring Mike Trout and Tim Salmon.
|May 16, 2017||Trout MVP Season Bobblehead 1 of 3||White Sox|
|June 14, 2017||Rookie of the Year Blanket||Yankees|
|July 18, 2017||Trout MVP Double Bobblehead||Nationals|
|August 1, 2017||Trout #27 Socks||Phillies|
|August 4, 2017||Trout MVP Season Bobblehead 2 of 3||Athletics|
|August 22, 2017||Trout MVP Season Bobblehead 3 of 3||Ranges|
Check out this great video of Mike Trout’s night receiving his second MVP award.
You can also see his full acceptance speech. Way to go Mike!
Mike Trout is the best player in baseball. He needs a nickname that people will use (Millville Meteor hasn’t really caught on). Let’s help him establish himself in our cultural lore. Give Trout a new nickname! These options were based on fan suggestions found here.
Got another idea? Share it in the comments section.
Fox Sports West posted this fun video of Mike Trout recording some video promos. Check it out.
Check out these pictures from Mike’s 2017 Photo Day at Spring Training.
Mike Trout spent a little time with the media this morning in his first press conference at Spring Training. He talked about the surprise of winning his second MVP award, his off season workouts, meeting new teammates, saying goodbye to Jered Weaver as a teammate, spending the upcoming season with his fiance and their dog Juno, and the desire to make the playoffs.
It’s clear that Trout is beginning to see himself as a veteran presence in the clubhouse. What might be the most comforting part of the press conference is seeing that he’s still nervous talking to the press. Those legs were JITTERY. He’s mortal! 🙂
Spring Training Press Conference: Mike Trout
Posted by Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, February 18, 2017