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#pounditWednesday, June 29, 2022

Mike Trout is against bat flipping

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Mike Trout knows a thing or two about blasting home runs, and he has hit more than a few that are worthy of a bat flip. That is, of course, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Trout isn’t.

When asked about a hitter flipping his bat if he belts a towering homer, Trout said he would not appreciate it if he was on the other end.

“As a pitcher, I’d be pretty upset,” the Angels star told reporters, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

Trout was addressing some recent comments made by Bryce Harper in which he said baseball needs more flair and has become a “tired” sport. Trout, who is 24 and just a year older than Harper, clearly has a more old-school mentality.

“I just keep it the same,” he said. “I don’t try to show anybody up. Whatever somebody else does, that’s what they do. We mess around in the cage and stuff. During the game, I just hit the ball and go.

“I go out there and try to respect the game. I go out there and play. My parents always taught me to be humble.”

In many ways, it couldn’t be more perfect that Trout and Harper — arguably the two best players in baseball — are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Harper seems to love being the villain (remember his comments about Braves fans?), while Trout is a bit more reserved. We can only hope to see the two square off in many World Series in the coming years.

H/T Hardball Talk

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