Mike Trout’s Birthday is on Monday, August 7th. He turns 26 years old. There are two things to watch for as his birthday approaches. The first is that he somehow always hits a home run on his birthday. If you’re going to the game try to sit in the outfield seats, you might catch a birthday home run ball.
The second is that he is only 8 hits away from reaching the 1,000-Career-Hit plateau. He plays 5 games leading up to his birthday. It’s possible that he reaches that significant mark on his birthday. He just needs a couple of multi-hit games between now and then.
Mike Trout is playing his second rehab game for the IE 66ers tonight. Before the game he answered questions about how he’s feeling and how is game will change after experiencing the injury (spoiler alert: it won’t).
While stealing second base on Sunday, Mike Trout has a tear in the ucl tear of his left thumb. The injury will require Trout to go on the Disabled List for the first time in his career. Surgery is a possibility and he’s expected to miss anywhere from 4-8 weeks of playing time. Teammate Andrelton Simmons had a similar injury in 2016 and missed 5 weeks.
Terry Collins, the Mets manager, made some news last Sunday when he stated that he considered walking Mike Trout in the 9th inning with the bases loaded. The Angels were down by three and Trout represented the winning run if he were able to swat a grand slam. Instead, Addison Reed was able to limit Trout to a sacrifice fly and the Mets came away with a 7-5 victory. With Albert Pujols out of the lineup and the rest of the team struggling the idea was not without merit. This may be the ultimate sign of respect for Mike Trout as a hitter.
Mike Trout stole his 150th career stolen base on May 14 against the Detroit Tigers. With that feat and and Alex Rodriguez became the only two players with 150 stolen bases and 175 home runs before their age 26 seasons. He is also the youngest player to record 150 steals and 150 home runs.
Mike Trout just completed his best April in his career. He was honored by being named the American League Player of the Month. This is the fourth time Trout has received the award. The achievement ties an Angels team record with Chuck Finley. Congrats Mike!
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.
For the second time in his career Mike Trout has been named the American League MVP by the Baseball Writer’s Association. This was the fifth consecutive year that Trout was either first or second in the voting. Despite Trout’s place on the stats leader-board there was ambiguity about whether or not he would be named MVP because of the Angels poor season. Despite this liability Trout earned the award based on his individual play.
Here’s how the vote tally was finalized.
Trout has led the league in WAR for five straight years. The last player to do that was Babe Ruth. He is the only the fifth position player to win two MVP award by the time he was 25 (Bench, Mantle, Foxx, and Musial are the others).