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Mike Trout has no interest in Home Run Derby

Mike Trout

A Home Run Derby trophy is one of the only pieces of individual hardware that Mike Trout has yet to collect, but that may not change any time soon.

Speaking with reporters on Monday, the Los Angeles Angels superstar said that he would not be participating in this year’s competition at Nationals Park.

“I don’t think I’m doing it,” said Trout, per Bill Shaikin of the LA Times. “I really just don’t have any interest in it. I like going to it and watching it.”

As one of baseball’s biggest stars, Trout, 26, has been speculated as a potential Derby participant for years but has never actually competed. Trout did say however that he would not rule out taking a shot at it before his career ends.

“A lot of people say you should at least do it once,” he said. “Probably. Maybe.”

In any case, Trout has already been providing plenty of dingers this season, leading the league with 23 of them. He also does more than enough during All-Star festivities to keep the fans entertained, so it’s hard to complain.

Angels expect Mike Trout to play despite banging his knee

Mike Trout Angels

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia expects Mike Trout to be able to play on Monday despite banging his knee during Sunday’s game.

Trout bumped his knee on the wall while making a catch in center in the top of the 5th inning of the Angels’ 3-1 win over Texas.

Trout remained in the game but finished 0-for-3.

“Mike is OK,” Scioscia said after the game, via the AP. “He banged his knee into the wall a little, but we anticipate him playing (Monday).”

The Angels are 32-28 after taking 2 of 3 from Texas. They will host the Royals for a three-game series beginning on Monday.

Mike Trout scorching hot since breaking out of his slump

Mike Trout

The days of Mike Trout’s slump last week seem so long ago.

The two-time MVP was in an 0-for-21 slump last week that saw his batting average drop nearly 30 points. Since then, he’s really picked it up and even put together a career-game on Saturday.

Trout began Saturday’s game for the Los Angeles Angels against the New York Yankees 5-for-5. That included three doubles, a 2-run home run, and a single for a career-best 11 total bases in a game. He raised his average 20 points alone in the game.

He’s now 11-for-24 (.458) since busting out of his slump on May 18. He has five home runs and three doubles during that span. He also has impressively walked 11 times and stolen four bases.

Trout may have his down periods at times, but few can carry a team’s offense quite like he can when hot. He’s in contention for AL MVP once again.

Mike Trout fighting through worst hitting slump of his career

The Los Angeles Angels have lost quite a few games over the past week or so, and the way Mike Trout has looked at the plate is a big reason for that. In fact, this is the worst Trout has been over a several-game stretch throughout his entire career.

Trout went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a 7-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night. While he’s still hitting .290 on the season, the six-time All-Star does not have a hit in his last six games and has just one in the last eight. As Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register notes, Trout’s 0-for-19 slump is the worst of his career.

Obviously, Trout is going to come around. It’s only a matter of time before he belts three homers in a game and goes on a 15-game hitting streak, but it’s definitely unusual to see him looking so lost at the plate. Perhaps the slugger needs more of his special dugout juice to bust out of the slump.

Mike Trout, Mookie Betts both say runs scored is their favorite stat

Mookie Betts and Mike Trout currently rank at or near the top of the majors in most significant hitting categories, but both star outfielders agree that one statistic is more important than the rest.

MLB.com conducted a poll of several players to determine which stat they believe holds the most weight when they evaluate themselves in a given season. Of 35 position players who voted, 10 players considered on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) to be the best measure of how they are performing. Next was on-base percentage (six votes) followed by RBI (five votes) and then runs scored (four votes). Of the four players who voted for runs, Trout and Betts were two of them.

“That’s big from an offensive side,” Trout said.

Betts, who currently ranks first in MLB with 36 runs scored, agrees.

“You score runs to win games,” he said. “That’s how you do it.”

Again, Trout and Betts are at or near the top of almost every category. You could argue that there was some bias involved if a player who belts 40 home runs a year but has a .240 career average said homers are the most important stat, but that is not the case with Trout and Betts.

If you saw the impressive feat Betts recently accomplished at the plate, you might think the long ball is what he focuses the most on. But let that be a lesson to you youngsters — crossing the plate is a good thing no matter how you do it.

Cody Bellinger says he learned special slide from Mike Trout

Cody Bellinger

Cody Bellinger is taking a page out of the book of another LA baseball star.

During 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger hit an RBI double in the sixth inning and had a nifty move on the basepaths when he switched hands on his slide to avoid the tag at second.

After the game, Bellinger said that he learned the move by watching Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout on TV, per Pedro Moura of The Athletic.

Indeed, Trout, the two-time MVP, has owned that swim move for years now. Credit to Bellinger for doing what all of us wish we could do and imitating it.

Mike Trout’s dugout drink has ‘Space Jam’ reference

Mike Trout secret stuff

The name of Mike Trout’s drink of choice in the dugout is a nod to a popular animated movie starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny.

During Saturday’s 4-3 win by the Los Angeles Angels over the San Francisco Giants, Trout hit his eighth home run of the season in the third inning. After getting back to the dugout, Trout was shown on the broadcast drinking from a bottle that had the words “Michael’s Secret Stuff” wrapped on the side.

Trout was also spotted with the “secret stuff” earlier this month.

Those who are familiar with the movie “Space Jam” will surely remember the locker room scene where Bugs Bunny drank from a blue water bottle that also had the words “Michael’s Secret Stuff” on it.

Trout is off to an excellent start to this season. He hit a 2-run home run on Sunday, giving him an MLB-best nine dingers on the season. Perhaps Shohei Ohtani has been sipping some of Trout’s drink because his exploits at the plate recently had him moved up to the cleanup spot on Mike Scioscia’s lineup card.

Top 10 MLB MVP candidates

Mike Trout

The MLB season gets underway on Thursday, so the focus will inevitably be on the playoff race and who is contending for a World Series title. There is another worthwhile subplot to watch out for, and that is the race for the Most Valuable Player award in each league.

There are many players who could win it, but we’ve narrowed it down to five big candidates in each league. Of course, there are other worthy candidates, and this certainly doesn’t rule out a dark horse candidate emerging and putting together a season worthy of award recognition.

Here are ten big preseason candidates for the Most Valuable Player awards in both the American and National League.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1) Mike Trout, Angels

Trout is pretty much atop this list in perpetuity. His fourth-place finish in last year’s MVP voting was actually his worst since catching on as a full-time player, but that had more to do with missed time due to injury than production. He still hit .306 with a career-best 1.071 OPS, plus 33 home runs. He’ll be heavily featured in the conversation as long as he stays healthy, even if the Angels aren’t a huge factor in the playoff race.

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Russell Westbrook impressed Mike Trout with game-sealing three-pointer

Real recognizes real, especially when it comes to a fellow league MVP.

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook went nuts in a 124-116 win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday, finishing with 43 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists. Included in that was a clutch triple in the final minute that put the Thunder up for good. Westbrook’s shot also impressed Mike Trout, who is in town for spring training in Tempe, Ariz. and was in attendance at the game along with teammate Garrett Richards. The Los Angeles Angels star was seen on the TV broadcast nodding his head in approval at the cold-blooded three.

The 43 points were Westbrook’s second-highest scoring total of the season, so he definitely put in a show for his fellow superstar. The Brodie probably has reason to feel confident for the rest of the year too since Trout has proven to be something of a good luck charm with his presence lately.

Video via NBA Reddit

Angels owner says they are thinking about Mike Trout extension

Mike Trout

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno is not in a rush to extend Mike Trout, but he says the subject is on his mind.

Trout signed a six-year, $144.5 million contract with the Angels in 2014 that carried him through 2020 and bought out some of his free agency years. Though he will still be with the Angels for a few more seasons, Trout is not the kind of player you want to let go. That’s why some are wondering if the sides have talked about an extension.

“Let’s put it this way, it’s always in our minds,” Moreno said Thursday, via the OC Register. “We’re always thinking about it. If you look at long-term plans, you’re always trying to position yourself properly.”

Moreno did note that there is no time pressure to get a deal done and that they don’t want to do anything in an “urgent” manner.

The Angels seem to be handling Trout’s contract situation with caution. A report last year said that Trout’s side had proposed something of a lifetime deal with the Angels that would have run for 14 or 15 years before the sides eventually agreed on the six-year extension. Now they’re faced with the possibility of losing him in a few seasons and should probably place more urgency on the matter than Moreno is. Perhaps the way the Albert Pujols contract has turned out has given Moreno some reservations about making another long-term commitment worth big money.