Major League Baseball could be without one of its biggest stars for the 2020 season.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout admitted that he is not sure of playing in 2020 with his wife Jessica expecting the couple’s first child in August. Trout said he and his wife have daily discussions about whether he should play or not.
“Honestly, I still don’t feel comfortable with the baby coming,” Trout said Friday, via Bob Nightengale of USA Today. “There’s a lot of things on my mind. I’m trying to be the safest and most cautious to get through the season. It’s going to be tough.
“We’re playing it by ear. I think the biggest thing is this is our first child. I’ve got to be there. If I test positive, I can’t see the baby for 14 days. We would be upset. I’ve got to keep Jess safe. I’ve got to keep the baby safe. … I try to talk to my wife every night about this. I know I’m risking myself. I could meet somebody and get this virus. That’s the last thing I want to do.”
Trout added that he does want to play, but he needs to know that he is safe. For now, it appears that he plans to play, and he reported to camp on time Friday. He cautioned, however, that another localized outbreak in the next month could change his mind.
The star center fielder was eager to play while negotiations with the league were ongoing, and to be fair, he still is. Trout just has other considerations that he needs to worry about, and understandably so.
Trout turns 29 in August. The reigning AL MVP hit .291 with 45 home runs in 2019.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred admitted on Monday that it is a horrible look for the league to be squabbling over player compensation with all that is going on in the world, and two of baseball’s biggest superstars are not helping in that regard.
Manfred said he is “not confident” there will be a season in 2020, which led to the MLB Players Association ripping the commissioner for completely changing his stance after saying last week that he was 100 percent certain there would be a season. In response to MLBPA executive director Tony Clark’s scathing statement, both Bryce Harper and Mike Trout said to just name a time and place to start the season and they will be there.
Tell us when and where!! https://t.co/zPMbehld1n
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) June 16, 2020
Tell us when and where. https://t.co/hy157hOYkl
— Bryce Harper (@bryceharper3) June 16, 2020
The relationship between MLB and the players’ union appears to be close to rock bottom. While all other leagues have come up with set plans to resume or begin their seasons, MLB and the MLBPA don’t appear to be anywhere close to an agreement. An agreement the two sides reached back in March gives Manfred the power to launch the start of the season and dictate the length, but owners want as few regular season games as possible.
Trevor Bauer unloaded on Manfred after the commissioner made his latest remarks, and the star pitcher’s frustrations are likely felt by Harper, Trout and most other players.
Mike Trout has some high praise for Max Scherzer.
Trout talked with Brooks Koepka on Nike Golf’s Instagram page Sunday. Koepka asked the Los Angeles Angels outfielder who the toughest pitcher he has faced is. Trout shouted out the Washington Nationals ace and even recalled an at-bat in the 2018 All-Star Game against Scherzer that he called one of his best.
(via @nikegolf/IG) pic.twitter.com/1hapGj5j9a
— MLB (@MLB) May 18, 2020
Trout has made eight straight All-Star Games and is a three-time AL MVP winner, with a career .305 batting average and 1.000 OPS.
There are some pitchers against whom Trout has had little success, such as Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-for-10) and Justin Verlander (5-for-40). Against Scherzer, Trout has gone 3-for-16 (.188) with a double, homer, no walks and 10 strikeouts.
As far as strikeouts-to-walks ratio, no pitcher has gotten the better of Trout more than Scherzer, so the numbers match up with what Trout says. And with three Cy Young Awards on his resume, Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in the game, and very worthy of having this honor from Trout.
Major League Baseball and several other sports leagues are exploring ways to begin or resume their seasons amid the coronavirus outbreak, and that may only be possible if players are willing to quarantine in a centralized location. Mike Trout doesn’t seem too thrilled about that idea.
In an interview with NBC Sports on Wednesday, Trout said he is anxious to start the season as soon as possible but expressed some concerns about being quarantined away from his family. One of the more personal ones for the Los Angeles Angels star is that his wife is pregnant with the couple’s first child.
.@miketrout wants MLB to come back soon as possible, but brings up a number of issues that would have to be worked out logistically before baseball returns in any fashion. #LunchTalkNBCSN pic.twitter.com/TdPfIVI8Jp
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) April 15, 2020
“What are you gonna do with family members? My wife is pregnant,” Trout said. “What am I gonna do when she goes into labor? Am I gonna have to quarantine for two weeks when I come back? Obviously, I can’t miss the birth of our first child. There’s a lot of red flags and a lot of questions. Obviously, we’d have to agree on it as players. I think the mentality is we want to get back as quickly as we can, but obviously it has to be realistic.”
Trout’s concerns are likely shared by many players across baseball and other sports. MLB has been discussing a plan where all teams would play games in the Phoenix area with players and staff living in relative isolation, and some players have reportedly scoffed at the idea.
If MLB is unable to play all or some of the 2020 season, player salaries will be prorated. That may not be an issue for someone with a massive contract like Trout’s, but there will be other players who don’t make as much who are itching to get back on the field and willing to do whatever it takes.
One of the nation’s top infectious disease experts laid out this week what it will take for sports to resume in the near future, and there would clearly be a lot of issues to sort through. With that will come a wide difference in opinions from players.
Mike Trout and his wife Jessica announced some wonderful news on Monday. The two shared that Jessica is pregnant and they are expecting their first child in August.
Both Mike and Jessica shared this great video compilation on Twitter that shows the day Jessica found out she was pregnant, their gender reveal, and the reactions of their loved ones finding out about the pregnancy.
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!! pic.twitter.com/e0gbiK8K5Y
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) March 3, 2020
Both Mike and Jessica added sweet notes on Twitter in response to their videos. Both wrote complimentary thoughts about their spouse.
To my sweet husband, I hope our son inherits your kind heart & genuine soul, because you truly amaze me everyday & I cannot wait to watch you become a father! I wouldn’t want to embark on this new adventure of becoming parents with anyone but YOU! #18weeks #Aug2020 #babyboy
— Jessica Tara Trout (@JessTara) March 3, 2020
Little man, you have the best mommy already and I can’t wait to be your dad! We are so humbled by this gift God has given us. We love you already, buddy!!
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) March 3, 2020
Trout turns 29 in August, which is when the baby is expected to be born.
Mike and Jessica have been together since high school and got married in December 2017.
We already knew that Mike Trout was special on the baseball field, but who knew he could also pulverize the ball on the golf course too?
The Angels shared a video on social media Sunday night that shows Trout absolutely destroying a golf ball while at Top Golf. Take a look:
Mike Trout hitting rockets isn’t exclusive to the baseball field. pic.twitter.com/tuEyIzxqQ5
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) March 2, 2020
Goodness gracious. That golf ball was a missile and looked like a rocket home run Trout hits. The ball started off low and was still rising, and looked like it was going to go over the Top Golf netting.
If Trout ever needs a side hustle, he could definitely enter those long drive contests.
What do you think between that golf swing and this home run?
— Big Mike (@OTTSBigMike) May 19, 2019
Mike Trout is not known as one of baseball’s more outspoken or controversial players, so it’s quite telling to hear him talk about the Houston Astros with such candor.
On Monday, Trout spoke about his thoughts on the Astros, saying he “lost respect” for their players and felt the punishments levied against the organization were not harsh enough.
Mike Trout on the Astros: “They cheated…I don’t agree with the punishment…I lost respect for some of those guys.”
“Going up to the plate knowing what’s coming…that would be a lot of fun.”
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) February 17, 2020
The Los Angeles Angels outfielder also joined the chorus of players who questioned Jose Altuve for not wanting his uniform ripped off after hitting a walk-off home run to clinch the 2019 ALCS, which has been at the heart of suspicion about the Astros using buzzers.
Mike Trout: “You can take my shirt off…if you hit a homer to send your team to the World Series at home, you can do whatever you want to me.”
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) February 17, 2020
Trout is the best player in the game and not really one to rock the boat. While he isn’t saying anything that hasn’t been said by others, for him to put the Astros scandal in these terms is quite stark, and illustrates the level of outrage among players right now. That outrage is now being directed toward commissioner Rob Manfred for what is quickly becoming viewed as a failure to administer suitable punishment to the players who were largely responsible for the scheme.