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.
You can listen to Mike Trout’s 2019 walk-up song, “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott featuring Drake. Trout explained to the LA Times that he finds his walk-up music based on songs he likes to listen to on the radio. Trout had previously used a Drake song in 2014
After signing a career forming contract that will likely leave him in an Angels uniform for the rest of his career, Mike Trout sets out to lead his team into the playoffs. Most pundits and projection systems have the Angels as a slightly improved team from 2018 that is one of the last teams to miss the playoffs. While there is some chance that the Angels out-perform these predictions a lot will ride on players not-named Mike Trout. Most notably the starting pitching staff will have to exhibit greater resilience to injury than it has shown in the last several years. Other players such as Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani will need to return from injury with the power to impact the offense in ways that prevent teams from intentionally walking Trout.