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Angels GM says team has not discussed trading Mike Trout

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No, folks, Mike Trout is not going to be traded any time soon.

With the Los Angeles Angels off to an 18-22 start and looking nothing like a contender, some outsiders raised the question of whether the team would entertain trading Trout for a huge prospect haul to allow them to rebuild. Perhaps, they reason, the Angels would be willing to move their star center fielder.

So, Angels GM Billy Eppler, has your team taken any calls on Trout?

“None,” Eppler said, via Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

Trout is still just 24. He is under team control through 2020. In early 2014, he signed a 6 year, $144.5 million extension with the team, which is downright team-friendly in the current MLB financial environment. Few teams could afford to take him on while also giving up the enormous prospect haul the Angels could demand. The team simply has zero incentive to try to move him, even if they won’t be good this season.

Besides, moving Trout might break Albert Pujols’s heart, and we can’t have that.

Mike Trout finally moving out of parents’ house

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Mike Trout is set to earn more than $15 million with the Los Angeles Angels this season. Next year, he’ll make just north of $20 million when you factor in his signing bonus. And after that, Trout will average around $33 million in salary through 2020.

Sounds like an ideal time to get your own place, right?

In an entertaining feature from Lindsey Adler of Buzzfeed, Trout revealed that he just recently decided to move out of the south New Jersey house he grew up in.

“It was just time,” he said. “I figured it was time to get out of the house.”

Trout comes from a very close-knit family. Unlikely other athletes who have signed multimillion-dollar contracts, he sees no need to be flashy. As the 24-year-old’s father Jeff explained, Mike just isn’t the type of guy who has any interest in leaving home.

“It’s just where he wants to be,” Jeff said. “He’s a family guy. He loves his [three-legged] dog. He’s close with his mother. He has a great group of friends here he’s had since he was a little kid. He’s very tight with his brother and sister and he loves his niece and nephew. He grew up fishing and hunting and clamming these woods and these waters.”

“His girlfriend lives here. Everyone’s here. He’s a south Jersey kid and it’ll never get out of him.”

Even now that he is moving out of his parents’ house, Trout has purchased a 300-acre piece of land just minutes away. He’ll have his own space (and plenty of it), but that doesn’t mean he wants to make any major changes to his home life.

“Some people say he shouldn’t be the face of baseball because he’s not controversial enough,” Jeff said. “They say he’s not showy enough. Maybe they’re right. That’s their opinion and their right and maybe that’s true. But in my view, that’s just not who he is.”

Naturally, Trout’s mother Debbie agrees.

“If he has to be showy and all that to be the face of baseball, so be it,” she said. “That’s just not Mike. He just doesn’t like that.”

If you remember, Trout bought his mother an awesome gift a couple years back. We see countless athletes go broke no matter how much money they make, but it would be shocking if the Angels star was one of them.

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

Albert Pujols has a poster of Mike Trout in his bathroom

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We knew that Albert Pujols and Mike Trout were close buddies in addition to being teammates on the Los Angeles Angels, but we didn’t realize they were this close.

Pujols is selling his Irvine, Calif. mansion for $7.75 million, and the listing was publicized in an article on Friday. The home has five bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms and features a movie theater, massive pool, and wine cellar among other amenities. Oh yeah, some also noticed that in one of the bathrooms there is a poster of Trout on a mirror (photo 40 in the listing):

Do you think the agency listing the sale put that in there for some sort of odd staging reason, or was that already there? We’re guessing someone in the Pujols household is a big fan of the former AL MVP. Though, based on these comments, we’re guessing that Albert isn’t the one who put that up.

Mike Trout appears on the Weather Channel to talk about blizzard (Video)

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Mike Trout is the best baseball player on the planet. He is also a giant geek when it comes to the weather.

So when Trout’s Millville, New Jersey home was impacted by the enormous blizzard on the east coast Saturday, the only logical thing for him to do was to call into the Weather Channel and talk with Jim Cantore about the storm.

Trout divulged that he had “about a foot” of snow and he’d been waking up all night on an hourly basis to check the measurements. That’s dedication to your craft.

“The roads are terrible,” Trout said. “It’s awesome. I love it.”

Trout even managed to share some exclusive insider power outage information for his area from a source working for the electric company – namely his buddy George, who works for Atlantic City Electric.

Mike Trout: baseball superstar who makes plays like these, amateur meteorologist, budding journalist. He’s a true Renaissance Man.

Mike Trout climbs wall to rob home run (Video)

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Mike Trout may not get a ton of love from the fancy defensive metrics, but with catches like this, it’s hard to see him as anything other than a stellar center fielder.

The Angels’ MVP candidate robbed the Mariners’ Jesus Montero of a 3-run home run during the top of the fourth inning in Saturday’s game against Seattle with an absolutely spectacular catch:

It’s one thing to stick your glove over the wall and catch a ball that was barely going to clear the fence, but grabbing a hold of the wall and propelling yourself a good 4-5 feet over it to make a catch like that is incredible. That requires a perfect combination of timing, awareness, strength and athleticism, and it was nothing short of impressive.

Trout rated as a below-average defensive center fielder last year and is slightly above average this year. That catch certainly should give him a huge boost.

And how does this catch compare to the incredible one he made in Baltimore three years ago?

If you want more awesome Trout catches, take a look at the links below:
Mike Trout hits home run, robs Mariners of home run in same game
Mike Trout makes game-saving catch against Rangers
Mike Trout robs Gordon Beckham of home run
Mike Trout robs Prince Fielder of home run on final out of game

Mike Trout hits grand slam right into fan’s ‘Trout Net’ (Video)


In case you haven’t heard, this Mike Trout guy is somewhat good at the sport of baseball. The 23-year-old diamond deity continues to invent new ways to amaze us on an everyday basis.

On Sunday against the Rangers, Trout outdid himself yet again. Having already smashed an opposite field shot off Texas starter Nick Martinez in the first inning for his 30th home run of the year, Trout stepped up to the plate against Spencer Patton with the bases loaded in the sixth. In what can only be described as “Mike Trout being Mike Trout,” the Angels center fielder squared up a 3-2 offering and rocketed it into the right-center bleachers for a grand salami. And not only that but the round-tripper landed right smack into a fan’s custom-made “Trout Net.”

Could Hollywood have scripted this any better? It’s almost as if Trout is getting bored with how easily the sport comes to him and is looking for additional ways to keep himself entertained. Could The Milville Meteor really have been purposefully aiming for the Trout Net?? It might actually be possible considering that Trout posted a picture of that very net on his Instagram account just a few days ago.


A photo posted by Mike Trout (@miketrout) on

Trout coyly admitted that much in his post-game interview. “Me and Kole (Calhoun) have been trying to throw it in there for the past two games. Haven’t had much success,” he said. “But yeah, it went in. That was pretty cool.”

It was Trout’s seventh multi-home run game of his career and his fourth of the season. He would finish the afternoon 4-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored in a 13-7 Angels drubbing of the Rangers.

Now with 31 home runs and 64 RBIs on a .315 batting average in 2015, Trout inches closer to locking up back-to-back MVP awards with each swing he takes. He has definitely kept the ball rolling after a historical showing in this year’s Midsummer Classic. With the Angels now back in sole possession of first place in the AL West, Trout is showing no signs of letting up.

Sunday’s Trout Net episode was like Babe Ruth’s called shot, only in 2015 and better. Let’s see Craig Biggio try to pull that one off!

Mike Trout completes career All-Star Game cycle with leadoff homer (Video)

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Reigning All-Star Game MVP Mike Trout is picking up right where he left off.

The Angels superstar led off Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic in the most Mike Trout way possible, depositing a 1-2 fastball from Dodgers righty Zack Greinke that caught far too much of the plate into the right field seats at the Great American Ballpark.

Trout became the first player since Bo Jackson in 1989 to lead off an All-Star Game with a homer. No player has ever won back-to-back ASG MVPs since the award came out in 1962, and now it looks like the Milville Meteor is well on his way to making history.

An opposite field home run on a two-strike pitch against the pitcher with the best ERA in baseball this year to kick off an All-Star Game. You know, just Mike Trout things.

Not to mention that the dinger marked the completion of an ultra rare accomplishment for Trout: the career All-Star Game cycle.

Mike Trout: making greatness look routine since 2012.

Mike Trout to wear elbow pad after being hit so much


Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was hit in the elbow by a pitch during the first inning of his team’s 10-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. It was the third time in two weeks that Trout has been hit in the left elbow, and he’s had enough.

In the top of the second, Trout strolled to the plate wearing an elbow pad.

“I don’t like wearing guards or anything, but when you start getting hit in the same place three times it’s time to put a guard on,” he explained after the game, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

Did the extra padding bother Trout? It certainly didn’t appear to, as he immediately blasted his 22nd home run of the season — a three-run shot that gave the Angels an early 8-0 lead.

Trout said pitchers have been making it a point to throw inside against him, so he is planning to wear the pad from now on.

“It’s where they pitch me,” he said. “It’s not a secret.”

We’ve all seen what Trout can do to a baseball when he’s not wearing an elbow pad. If Tuesday was any indication, a little extra padding isn’t going to slow him down.

Mike Scioscia took down Mike Trout’s Nerf basketball hoop

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There shall be no distractions inside Mike Scioscia’s clubhouse. Not even Nerf basketball hoops are safe.

In light of the conflict between Scioscia and Jerry DiPoto, who resigned as the team’s GM Wednesday, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan wrote a column detailing some of the longtime Angels manager’s stodgy ways. For instance, Passan reports that Scioscia last year wouldn’t allow a Nerf basketball hoop that MVP Mike Trout had put up inside the team’s clubhouse.

From Passan’s report:

So Mike Trout hung one of those Nerf mini-basketball hoops in the Angels’ clubhouse. One day, according to league sources, the hoop came down. Trout hung it back up. Down it went again.

Mike Scioscia, the sources said, did not like the idea of a foam ball being tossed around in his domain. He didn’t like loud music, either, so he turned the volume knob to a level he deemed appropriate.

Ouch. Not even a Nerf hoop? Not even for Mike Trout? That’s pretty weak sauce, Sciosc.

Passan also reports that Scioscia is the antithesis of a players’ manager and that players are actually in fear of him. If Nerf hoops aren’t even allowed, it’s easy to see why they would be in fear.

Of course, based on what Scioscia did last year, we already knew he was a “no fun allowed” kind of guy. In some respects that is a good thing because everyone knows who the boss is, but you have to also know when to loosen up.