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Mike Trout hints he’s open to playing for another team

Mike Trout AngelsMike Trout is still under the Los Angeles Angels’ control for another four seasons and quite a ways away free agency. He and his agent have not talked with the team about a possible contract extension, insisting that they will be patient. Another concern for the Angels is that Trout seems open to the possibility of playing elsewhere.

Trout’s agent Craig Landis said Tuesday that they will be patient when it comes to contract talks. Though Trout says he loves playing in Anaheim and calls it a “great place to play,” he may be open to playing elsewhere.

“It’s about time to start looking for a house,” Trout said, via the Los Angeles Times’ Mike DiGiovanna. “I’m trying to see what direction my career takes me. Do I want to buy a house out here or some other place?”

Why would Trout consider buying a home elsewhere if he weren’t considering leaving the Angels when he becomes a free agent? That’s what the comment indicates to me.

Trout won Rookie of the Year last season and should have been AL MVP. He leads MLB in WAR for the second season in a row and is having an even better season than last year. By the time free agency comes, he may be in position to be sign the most lucrative contract in baseball history.

Will the Angels be the team to pay it? Josh Hamilton’s contract will be up by then, as will Jered Weaver and CJ Wilson’s. Weaver and Wilson are on good contracts, but the point is the Angels should have money available for Trout as long as they don’t commit to huge contracts in the next few seasons. Unfortunately Albert Pujols will still be making a boatload of cash in 2018, but the team should have plenty of extra money. By the time he’s a free agent, Trout could be a $35-million-a-year player. He and his agent may also want to make the Angels pay for snubbing him on his salary this season.

Mike Trout thinks he would beat Michael Vick in a race

Mike Trout is one of the fastest players in baseball, and he thinks he’s fast enough to take down one of the fastest players in the NFL.

The Los Angeles Angels stud outfielder joined MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” last week and was asked whether he could accomplish many athletic feats. Trout was asked if he could: dunk a basketball, drive a golf ball over 300 yards, ice skate backwards, bowl a perfect game and finish in the top three of “Dancing With the Stars.” Trout was also asked if he could beat Michael Vick in a 50-yard dash.

Mike Trout cycleAfter pondering the question for a few seconds, Trout came up with a confident response.

“I mean yeah. What is he, 30? I know he’s older. I got him, I got him for sure!” Trout said.

Trout was then asked if he could beat Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson in a race. Johnson famously clocked a 4.24 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine.

“I don’t know about that. Nah, there ain’t no way. Ain’t no way of catching him,” Trout admitted.

As for the other accomplishments, Trout says he came close to a perfect game in bowling and that his highest score was in the 280s. He could do everything else on the list, except finish well in “Dancing With the Stars” because he says he’s not a good dancer.

Vick’s speed has actually been a popular topic this year. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback raced teammate LeSean McCoy in May and supposedly torched the running back. Shortly thereafter, Vick said he was the fastest quarterback in the league. But could Trout beat him in a race? I’ll take my boy Trout, and I’d happily pay to see it happen.

If you have some time, you should watch the entire interview because it’s pretty funny. At one point Trout says if the Angels were stuck on a desert island and had to eat someone, he’d choose manager Mike Scioscia because he’s the meatiest. Love it.

H/T The 700 Level

Mike Trout homers on his birthday for second straight year (Video)

So there is like an unwritten rule here at LBS, and it states that when Mike Trout does something awesome, we must post about it. Well, I choose to post about it. Because the Los Angeles Angels have been so embarrassingly bad this season, Trout highlights are pretty much all I have.

Mike Trout home runTrout took Texas Rangers starter Alexi Ogando deep to left center on a 2-1 off-speed pitch in the first inning of Wednesday’s 10-3 loss. It was just a ridiculous blast from Trout to give the Angels a 2-0 lead, which they eventually blew, of course. It also came on Trout’s 22nd birthday, meaning Trout has homered on his birthday two years in a row.

The dinger marked Trout’s 20th of the season, and it gave him 70 RBIs on the year.

Believe it or not, Trout is actually having a better season than his incredible rookie campaign last year. He’s up to a .333 batting average, .424 on-base percentage, and .580 slugging percentage, all of which top his numbers from last year. Though he’s 10 homers shy of where he was last year, he already has the same amount of triples and more doubles.

The AL MVP will likely come down to Trout and Miguel Cabrera, and Cabrera will win for the second year in a row, but Trout’s special season should not be overlooked. As Fangraphs wrote on Wednesday, Trout actually has a higher wRC+ (weighted runs created) than any other player in history through his age 21 season.

And since we can, here’s video of Trout homering on nearly an identical swing/pitch on his 21st birthday:

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Mike Trout actually gives a home run away (Video)

Mike-Trout-gives-up-home-runThis just in: Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is a human being. The 21-year-old is in only his second full season in the majors, but opposing hitters already know that they have to hit the ball way over the wall if they want to pop a home run in his direction. Trout has mastered the art of robbing home runs, but he actually gave one away earlier this week.

When St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay hit a long fly ball to center on Wednesday night, it looked for a second like Trout was going to make one of his signature phenomenal catches. Instead, the ball went off his glove and over the wall. The replay makes it hard to tell if Trout actually turned a potential wall ball into a homer, but the point is we have grown accustomed to him coming down with it.

Simply put, we’re spoiled. When you are used to seeing spectacular grabs like this, this and this, average just doesn’t cut it.

Is Mike Trout on his way to the Hall of Fame?

Mike Trout is only 21 years old and in his second big league season, but it’s not too early to start talking about the phenom’s chances of making it to Cooperstown.

SUBWAY® is celebrating “The Boys in the Hall” and asked us to evaluate Trout’s likelihood of becoming a Hall of Fame player. Based on the way Trout has started his career, the chances of the Los Angeles Angeles outfielder earning a sacred plaque in the Hall are very strong.

Trout, the No. 25 overall pick in 2009, was only 19 when he was first called up to the bigs by the Angels in 2011. He started off slowly but still managed to produce 11 extra-base hits in 123 at-bats, including five home runs. The 40 games he played in 2011 proved to be an excellent experience, because Trout was unstoppable last season.

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Mike Trout makes spectacular diving catch to rob Gaby Sanchez (Video)

Mike Trout may have moved to left field, but he has not lost his ability to make spectacular plays in the outfield.

During the top of the fifth inning of Friday’s Los Angeles Angels-Pittsburgh Pirates game, Trout robbed Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez of an extra-base hit with a sensational diving catch at the warning track.

Angels starter Jered Weaver threw Sanchez an off-speed pitch that he hit down the left-field line for a likely RBI double. But the ball had some loft, allowing Trout to chase it down. The second-year man laid out with a full-extension, perfectly-timed dive to make the inning-ending catch at the track. It truly was a thing of beauty.

You remember all that talk about Trout being overweight and losing his elite speed? Shoot, watch this play and tell me this guy has gotten slower.

One of the best parts of that video was watching the young fan in the outfield’s jaw drop wide open after seeing that catch:

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Mike Trout hits 463-foot home run, longest of his career (Video)

Mike Trout absolutely crushed a home run off Ervin Santana in the first inning of the Los Angeles Angels-Kansas City Royals game on Thursday night.

The home run came on a 93-mph 0-1 fastball from Santana, his former teammate. The pitch was low in the zone and Trout just golfed it out of the park to dead center, where it cleared the green hitters’ screen and hit off the base of the scoreboard.

The homer was originally estimated to have gone 433 feet, but that seemed conservative considering the ball cleared the green area above the fence. The Royals later said the home run traveled 463 feet, which seemed much more accurate.

Trout’s previous career longest home run was 445 feet last August, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Trout has heated up after having just an average first month of the season. He entered Thursday’s game batting .351/.437/.770 for May, with seven home runs and five stolen bases. He added a homer and stolen base in the game.

Two days after hitting for the cycle, Trout recorded the longest home run of his career. I’d say he’s getting right back to his MVP form.

If you look at the screen shot, you can see the pitch was right around Trout’s knees and he still took it deep:

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