Mike Trout is an Angel for Life!
On this day a year ago, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels extended his contract for 12 years. Haven’t heard about the deal? A massive and guaranteed $430 million earning him $36 million a year. This is one of the biggest contracts in North American sports history. Mike Trout is an Angel for life!
“I want to bring a championship back to Anaheim. Let’s go, baby!” Trout said.
One year later, the MLB Season Opener has been postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. If you read our post from last week, it’s only gotten worse with the Covid-19 virus continuing to spread globally. Baseball fans and outlets globally are sharing memories from past seasons re watching games and highlight videos.
Three-time MVP player Mike Trout is arguably the best player in the MLB. Two weeks ago during spring training he launched a baseball, hitting a home run at Tempe Diablo Stadium against the Kansas City Royals. You can see the replay here. The Seven-time All Star misses playing the game and wants to get back in the rotation STAT!
“I’m going crazy,” Trout said Thursday in an interview broadcast by MLB Network. “I’m driving my wife crazy. [Pitcher] Michael Kohn is staying with me and I think my wife’s about to kick us both out of the house.”
We’re going crazy too, Mike. All we have are your highlight videos and the joy of re watching previous seasons games.
“Hopefully we have an opening day sometime this year,” he said. “When they were talking about canceling the season, [I was like,] that’s crazy. We’re playing. We gotta play. That’s the mentality we have.” Said Trout
The Seven-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award is just getting started. Let’s take a look at his MLB Career stats. The Angels drafted Mike Trout in 2009. He was the 25th pick! Its crazy to think twenty-four players were picked before him, as he’s clearly the best player of his generation.
Trout only made a brief MLB appearance in 2011, and finally became a regular player for the Angels in 2012 winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award. To date he has 903 Runs, 1,324 Hits, 285 Home runs, and 752 RBI’s.
For fun, lets pair those numbers against Hank Aaron’s 23-year career. Hank made 755 Home runs and 3,771 hits, which comes out to 32 Home runs and 163 hits a year. Trout hit his first Home run in 2011. Doing the math this puts Trout at 35.6 Home runs and 165 hits a year.
But, the average MLB player today doesn’t have the career length Hank Aaron had. Mike Trout would need to hit his new normal of 45 Home runs a year for at least nine years, and still be shy of 700 home runs by 10. By then, it would be his 17th year in the pros.
Where did Mike Trout grow up? Trout is from a small town in Southern New Jersey. In 1983 at Twenty-Two years old, his father Jeff Trout was a fifth round draft choice for the Twins. Jeff wasn’t the strongest defensive player but batted a .321 at Class AA in 1986. He had a short-lived career developing some knee problems before retiring.
Soon after, he started a family and a new career as a teacher and coach in Millville, New Jersey.
“He’s a happy-go-lucky kid,” Jeff Trout said. “All we did was set him on a path and let his natural ability take over. I was very confident he’d do well.” Said Jeff
A few weeks ago during spring training in Arizona, Trout and his wife Jessica announced that they are expecting a boy in August. This will be the couple’s first child.
Mike Trout posted on social media saying “Baby Trout due August 2020!!” “I don’t even know where to begin….from seeing your heartbeat for the first time to seeing you dance around in mommy’s belly… we are truly blessed and this is only the beginning!!”
We are eagerly waiting for the MLB to resume! Lets hope for a June start date, if not sooner, please!!