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Mike Trout Owns New Skill in Modern Baseball

Mike Trout’s skills on the baseball field are well documented but that’s not all a player needs to be successful in today’s major leagues. Fan interaction specifically on social media is something players must engage in to grow their brand and find new fans.  The problem is that social media can get a player in trouble as well.

There’s no telling if Trout’s had some social media coaching or if he’s got great instincts but he plays it straight down the middle.  His social media posts are almost always about baseball and when he uses his platform to promote charities or promotional brands he doesn’t over do it.

Managing social media can be a lot of work, and there’s no reason a player should make it a full time job (or hire someone to run their social media for them). But Mike stays involved with regular posts throughout the season often commenting back to fans or forwarding on pictures of kids inspired by him.

If you’re not following Mike Trout make sure to add him to your list

Instagram – @MikeTrout

SnapChat – @millville27

The Unspoken Truth About “Trading Mike Trout”

ESPN’s Keith Law set off a firestorm of articles this week when he suggested that the only way the Angels could fix their broken farm system would be to trade Mike Trout.

I’ve been doing these rankings for eight years now, and this is by far the worst system I’ve ever seen. They traded their top two prospects in the Andrelton Simmons deal and had no one remotely close to top-100 status. They need a big draft this year to start to restock the system or we’re going to start talking about whether it’s time to trade Mike Trout.

Law’s comment sparked quite a bit of controversy. Here’s a sample of the reactions to that idea:

Is there a fair price for Mike Trout?

Look, the point is that it’s almost impossible to trade Trout for what would be an acceptable return in 2016. He’s not just a long term building block, he’s practically the damn building. He’s the closest you can get to having a one-man team.

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The Roller Coaster – Mike Trout’s 2015 Season Review

Mike Trout ends 2015 with yet another historic year of baseball under his belt. The hopes for a second MVP award seem to be lost to the lack of a playoff appearance by the Angels but Trout proved himself every bit deserving of the accolade of “Best Player in Baseball.”

In almost every way Trout improved his game over the previous year. His most remarkable stat was reaching the 40 home run mark for the first time in his career. He ended the year hitting 41 homeruns. His teammate Albert Pujols was just short of that with 40 home runs. They became only the second and third Angels to hit forty home runs in one season. Troy Glaus accomplished the feat twice and holds the team record with 47.

Trout led the majors in Slugging (.590), OPS [on base + slugging] (.991) and OPS+ (176) setting him apart as the best hitter in baseball. He improved his batting average by 12 points from .287 to .299 and most notably reduced his strikeout total by 26. Trout had led the league in strikeouts in 2014 and dropped to 9th in 2015. Trout’s stolen bases numbers declined to a career low despite making the same number of attempts as the previous year. His defensive play improved significantly going from -9 defensive runs saved to 5. Continue reading The Roller Coaster – Mike Trout’s 2015 Season Review

What Happened to Mike Trout?

Mike Trout has experienced the worst single month of his playing career in August of 2015. The Angels offense has always been somewhat tied to Albert Pujols and Mike Trout. As both of them have hit a major slump the Angels have plummeted in the standings from first place to third. They currently are completely out of the playoff picture and have dropped back down to a losing record.

Trout’s numbers for August 2015

Runs HR RBI SB Avg
6 2 9 0 .216

It’s hard not to wonder if a wrist injury sustained on July 26 is not to blame. After sitting out 4 games, all medical reports said that Mike was healthy and able to play. But the results on the field have left many curious about his ability to bat.

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Mike Trout – Halfway Through 2015

Mike Trout has reached the halfway point of his fourth full year in the Major Leagues and we have enough numbers to gauge how he might finish the year.  2014 brought Mike his first American League MVP award and so far he appears on track to be in the running for back-to-back awards.

Mike has also earned his fourth straight All-Star Game Selection and his third straight starting honor. He’ll get to start the game with his teammate Albert Pujols.

Let’s look at Trout’s projected numbers compared to his 2014 MVP numbers. Continue reading Mike Trout – Halfway Through 2015

Mike and Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle nd MIke Trout

Many comparisons have been made between Mike Trout and Mickey Mantle. The stats in their first 4 years provide the story on their own. Those comparisons gained even more traction with high praise for Trout from Mantle’s son David. Bob Costas interviewed David Mantle on MLB Network about the two ball players.

Time will tell if the comparisons hold true throughout their careers. Trout will likely never match 12 American League Championships or 7 World Series rings because of greater parity within baseball. Mantle’s career was plagued by injuries in part because of poor field conditions and compounded by alcoholism. Trout’s ability to avoid those hurdles opens the door for him to have even greater individual accomplishments. The New York Yankees had planned to draft Trout with their first round pick, but lost out by one slot to the Los Angeles Angels. The image of Trout in pinstripes is probably more than New York fans would like to imagine.

There is always hope of seeing another Mickey Mantle take the field and it appears Mike Trout’s time has come. Perhaps Mike Trout wears #27 because he’s the second #7.

Trout’s Hot Start, Fact or Fluke

The Angels have now played 11 games and the most obvious thing happening on the field is Mike Trout’s incredibly hot start. He’s currently hitting .400 with 3 home runs and an .OPS of 1.250. The season is a little too young to expect things to continue at this pace but a number of analyst have begun to look into the numbers and see some things that suggest that Trout has made adjustments to compensate for his high strikeout rate in 2014.

First ESPN’s Buster Posey makes notes of Mike’s lower pitch-per-plate-appearance rate. Watch the video below:

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register notes that Trout’s BABIP (Batting Average of Balls in Play) is much higher than the league average which means he’s getting lucky. But perhaps that’s not the entire story.
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Mike Trout’s Secret Hobby

Mike Trout the Weatherman

Did you know that Mike Trout has a secret hobby.  It appears that if his parents hadn’t made him become a professional baseball player he’d be wrapping up his degree in Meteorology.  Mike likes to follow the weather.  A post appeared on Reddit alleging that Mike tweets about the weather more than the average person and with a little follow up investigation it appears he’s really into it.  He follows seventeen different meteorologists and over twenty weather related accounts.

This leads everyone to suggest that his new nickname should be “The Weatherman”.  Forget the Millville Meteor; he’s the “Millville Meteorologist.”

Mike Trout Loves the weather

The Most Iconic Players – AL West

In our opinion here are the most historically iconic players for every team in the American League West.

Craig Biggio

Houston Astros (Colt .45s)- Craig Biggio
Recently inducted into the Hall of Fame as the only player wearing an Astros uniform. Biggio was an All-Star at catcher and second base.

Rickey Henderson

Oakland Athletics – Rickey Henderson
Proudly pronounced himself as “the greatest off all time” after setting the all time steals record. Played for the A’s four different times for a total of 14 years. Dude was born to run.

 

Norm Siebern
(Norm Siebern – Kansas City A’s)
In this moment in A’s history the team was basically a farm club for the New York Yankees. All their best players were sold for cash. Siebern was a Yankee cast off that came over in a trade for Roger Maris but he was able to still be a productive player.

jimmiefoxx
(Jimmie Foxx – Philadelphia A’s)
The most iconic person in A’s history is Connie Mack who managed the team for 50 years. But the most iconic player was Jimmie Foxx. “The Beast” hit for power and average and led the A’s to consecutive World Series despite playing in the same league as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig’s Yankees.

Ken Griffey Jr.Seattle Mariners – Ken Griffey Jr.
There was no success in Seattle until Griffey came along and led them to their first playoff appearance and win.

Nolan Ryan

Texas Rangers – Nolan Ryan
Ryan played his most productive years and for longer in Houston but he’s beloved as a Ranger. Mostly for setting the strikeout record and speed-bagging Robin Ventura in Texas.

Frank Howard(Washington Senators #2 – Frank Howard)
Washington was given an expansion franchise to replace the team that moved to Minneapolis. The team was largely terrible due to financial issues but they did have Frank Howard who won several home run titles.

 

Mike Trout

Los Angeles (California) Angels – Mike Trout
Tim Salmon earned the name “Mr. Angel” but in just three years Trout has more accomplishments than Salmon and almost any other player.  If it hasn’t happened already Trout’s name will soon be synonymous with “Angels Baseball”.

The Most Iconic Players – NL West

In our opinion here are the most historically iconic players for every team in the National League West.

Randy JohnsonArizona Diamondbacks – Randy Johnson
The Mullet alone should make him an icon in Arizona even if he didn’t deliver a World Series to an expansion club still in its early years.

Todd HeltonColorado Rockies – Todd Helton
His presence was as consistent as his hitting. Always a threat to win a batting title and he even made an appearance in the World Series.

Sandy KoufaxLos Angeles Dodgers – Sandy Koufax
He through 5 no hitters including a perfect game.  Hitters just didn’t think it was fair to play against him.  If today’s medical procedures had been available he would probably be considered the greatest pitcher of all time.

Jackie RobinsonBrooklyn Dodgers – Jackie Robinson
He broke the color barrier and changed the country. It would take a great man and great player to do it and Jackie lived up to everything he needed to be. Every team in the league has retired #42 in his honor.

Tony GwynnSan Diego Padres – Tony Gwynn
Born and raised, played and died in San Diego. There’s a statue out front of the stadium to honor “Mr. Padre” one of the most scientific hitters the league ever knew.

Barry BondsSan Francisco Giants – Barry Bonds
He was determined to be the best the league has ever known.  Founded the 500 HR/500 Stolen Base Club and when that wasn’t good enough for everyone he set out to break the single season HR record and the career HR record. . . by any means necessary.

Willie MaysNew York Giants – Willie Mays
One of the greatest the game has ever known just happened to be on one of the best teams during baseball’s golden era.  You get your named mentioned with Willie Mays in any context and it means something special.