The MLB lockout has finally concluded. While it’s great that an agreement was reached with substantial changes to the system the owners and players operate under, the journey to get to an agreement was excruciating. The one bright spot was the decision by a brave soul named Ray Sbarra, to draw a picture of Mike Trout every day until the lockout was over. The exercise started on Reddit and then expanded to Twitter and Instagram. The artist was fun and experimental and it was easy to see how choosing to draw every day can improve someone’s ability.
With the collection finally completed, here are some of our favorites.
Mike Trout was willing to weigh in on the most recent replay controversy in Major League Baseball. On Sunday, Alec Bohm of the Philadelphia Philles slid into home plate but never touched it. After an extensive replay review he was determined to be safe. MLB has yet to produce an angle that shows Bohm touching the plate.
The Angels have begun releasing their promotional schedule for the 2021 season. The list is still rolling out but it includes two bobbleheads. One commemorating Mike’s three MVP awards, and another highlighting Mike career milestone of hitting 300 home runs
April 2, Friday – White Sox
Promotion: Trout 3x MVP Award Bobblehead Presented by Presented By Pechanga Resort and Casino
May 21, Friday – Athletics
Promotion: Trout 300 HR Bobblehead Presented by MemorialCare
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."
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.
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.