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Mike Trout calls Max Scherzer toughest pitcher he has faced

Max Scherzer

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.

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.

Mike Trout indicates he would be against playing MLB season in quarantine

Mike 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.

“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’s wife Jessica shares pregnancy news with great video

Mike Trout Jessica pregnant

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.

Both Mike and Jessica added sweet notes on Twitter in response to their videos. Both wrote complimentary thoughts about their spouse.

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.

Video: Mike Trout hit this golf ball so dang far

Mike Trout golf

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:

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?

Mike Trout has ‘lost respect’ for Astros, thinks players should be punished

Mike Trout

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.

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.

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.

The Houston Astros are confirmed cheaters and deserve an asterisk. Send that message by wearing our Houston Asterisks T-shirt! You can buy it here:

MLB and MLBPA issue joint statement on HGH exemption allegations

Mike Trout

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are acting quickly to shut down any chatter about players receiving exemptions to take human growth hormone.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, the league and the union jointly stated that no player at any level has ever received a therapeutic use exemption to use HGH since the Joint Drug Prevention Program was instituted.

The statement doesn’t name Mike Trout, but it’s pretty obvious that it’s being released because of some completely frivolous accusations lobbied at the Angels star. Those allegations started when David Brosius, an ex-Mariners coach and son of former player Scott Brosius, claimed in a comment that Trout received an HGH exemption for a thyroid condition. The rumors gained fuel Friday when Yahoo Finance reporter Daniel Roberts quoted pitcher Trevor Bauer as saying that rumor was true, but players didn’t care about it. That claim — if Bauer even made it — was walked back via Roberts, though all of the reporter’s tweets on the subject have since been deleted. There isn’t any clear record of Bauer saying any of this, but that didn’t stop the chatter from spreading on Twitter Friday.

The trail of deleted tweets should tell you just how seriously these allegations should be taken. Twitter has gotten ridiculous with unfounded rumors and conspiracy theories in the past 48 hours in light of the Astros cheating scandal, and the site is fertile ground for anything to go viral even if there’s no degree of truth to it. This one was definitely fake, and we now have the official word on the subject so we can put it to bed.

Mike Trout reacts to Angels’ big Anthony Rendon signing

Mike Trout

Mike Trout sees what his Angels are doing.

The Los Angeles Angels agreed to a 7-year, $245 million contract with Anthony Rendon on Wednesday night. After news of the deal emerged, Trout tweeted his reaction — the eyes emoji.

Trout isn’t ready to start celebrating yet, as this appears to be the beginning of an offseason of changes for his team.

Trout has only been to the playoffs once despite being the best player in baseball over the last eight years. He still signed a monster $430 million extension with the team and is committed to them long term. He’s put a lot of trust into the front office regarding their ability to build a winner, and he’s looking for results. The Rendon addition will help them build a contender, but they still have a lot of work to do to improve their weak pitching.

Mike Trout thinks 2019 was best season of his career

Mike Trout

Mike Trout may be out for the final weeks of the 2019 campaign, but he still thinks that it was a season for the ages regardless.

In an interview with Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels star said that he felt 2019 was the best season of his career.

“Offensively, in the box, this is the best I’ve felt,” Trout said. “Just squaring up baseballs, making adjustments quickly, and barreling up a lot more balls.”

The eight-time All-Star also commented on the season that Houston Astros star Alex Bregman, his main competition for AL MVP honors, is having.

“He’s having an unbelievable year,” said Trout. “I feel like this is my best year. Obviously, it [stinks] not playing the last few weeks. I follow Breg all the time. I see what he’s doing. Like I said, I’m happy for him. He’s having a great year.”

Trout hit 45 homers and 104 RBIs in 2019 on a ridiculous .291/.438/.645 slash line before a foot injury ended his season after just 134 games. Bregman, meanwhile, is still behind Trout statistically this season but has the benefits of health and a better team record in his case for MVP.

The 28-year-old Trout does make an interesting claim given that he already has two MVP seasons and four second-place MVP finishes under his belt. But 2019 was definitely something special for him and not just at the plate either.

Mike Trout to have season-ending surgery on foot

Mike Trout

Mike Trout’s brilliant 2019 season is over.

The Los Angeles Angels announced Sunday that Trout will undergo surgery on his ailing right foot and miss the remainder of the season.

The Angels are well out of the playoff race and there’s no point pushing Trout through further pain. There’s no word on recovery time, but it seems reasonable to expect that he’ll have ample time to rehab and be ready for the 2020 season.

Trout hadn’t played since Sept. 7 with the foot issue. He’s hitting .291 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in what has been, by one metric, the best offensive season of his career. The 28-year-old may well be the AL MVP, but the injuries and his team’s inability to stay in contention could cost him vital votes, fair or not.

Watch: Bill Walton calls Mike Trout home run in perfect fashion

Bill Walton

Bill Walton partnered with Jason Benetti to call Friday night’s Chicago White Sox-Los Angeles Angels game on White Sox TV, and he did not disappoint.

Walton called a Mike Trout home run in the fifth inning of the game, saying Trout had sent the ball “ricocheting through the universe.”

That was classic Walton.

What was he doing calling a baseball game? The White Sox’s typical TV analyst is Steve Stone, but he is taking a few days off while the team is in Anaheim. The White Sox came up with an idea to have a random group of analysts work with Benetti for the games.

From the Chicago Tribune’s story on the matter:

Benetti said Sox marketing chief Brooks Boyer came up with the idea of nontraditional celebrity analysts to work the four-game series while Stone takes a breather. Boyer asked Benetti about having a “random grab bag of analysts” — and Benetti was all for it.

On Thursday, Benetti will handle the broadcast with special guest appearances. Michael Schur, a TV writer and producer whose resume includes “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” will do Saturday’s game. Mike O’Brien, a Chicago actor and writer who has appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and created the NBC comedy “A.P. Bio,” will join Benetti for Sunday’s game.

Here are a few other calls from Walton:

And some of his other best lines from the game:

Walton and Benetti are actual familiar with each other. The two worked together calling college basketball games for ESPN in the past. This is a pairing fans probably can’t get enough of.