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.
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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 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 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’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.
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.
Just when you thought that everything there was to say about Mike Trout had already been said, Alex Cora is coming in from the top rope.
Speaking with reporters before their game against Trout’s Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, the Boston Red Sox manager had an interesting comparison for the two-time MVP with regard to his body type.
“The way he moves is impressive,” Cora said of Trout, per MLB.com’s Jessica Camerato. “First to third, if I had to compare to somebody, his body, the way he’s built, how fast he is — Raúl Mondesi.”
If you recall, Mondesi (not to be confused with Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, whose birth name is also Raúl), was a former All-Star and Gold Glover who played in the 1990s and 2000s. He clocked in at 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, hitting 271 home runs and stealing 229 bases during his 13-year career. Mondesi was also himself a former Angel and was briefly teammates with Cora on the Los Angeles Dodgers.
While comparing a generational talent like Trout to a forgotten one like Mondesi may seem odd, it’s not quite the strangest one we’ve heard.
Mike Trout checked nearly every category in the boxscore during Monday’s Los Angeles Angels-Cincinnati Reds game. His stolen base in the first inning might have been his most impressive moment.
Trout walked in the top of the first inning and then attempted to steal second with Justin Upton at the plate and two outs. Though Tucker Barnhart’s throw down to second appeared to beat Trout, the crafty Angels outfielder used a nifty swim move to avoid the tag and slide in safely:
On top of the slick stolen base, Trout also blasted a 442-foot home run in the sixth inning. He was trying to make up for a rare error he committed in the field earlier in the game.
The homer was Trout’s 37th, which leads the American League. As for the slide, he’s been perfecting the move for years.
Mike Trout is on an absurd tear at the plate in which he has belted 11 home runs in his last 13 games, but he proved on Tuesday night that he is capable of changing the game on defense, too. There was one play in particular that helped the Los Angeles Angels preserve an early lead, and Trout seemed quite proud of it.
With the Angels leading the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Corey Seager lined a base hit to center field and Max Muncy tried to score from second base. Trout made an absolutely perfect throw home to gun him out.
As Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com pointed out, Trout’s throw home was clocked at 98.6 mph by Statcast. It was tied for the third-hardest throw from the outfield this season and was Trout’s hardest since Statcast was introduced in 2015. When Trout caught wind of that, he immediately began bragging to his teammates.
Trout still couldn’t get enough of the feat after the game, and he told reporters he planned on calling former Angels pitcher Garrett Richards to let him know.
It was already hard to believe that Trout is doing things at the plate this year that he has never done before in his remarkable career, but he seems even more pumped about that 98.6 mph throw. While belting homers is second nature to him at this point, gunning guys out at the plate doesn’t come quite as easily.
Mike Trout is not in the lineup for the Los Angeles Angels for the second day in a row due to his strained calf. He doesn’t seem too worried.
Trout exited Sunday’s game early with a calf strain and then missed Monday’s win over Houston due to the injury. An MRI revealed a small strain.
According to Angels reporter Jeff Fletcher, Trout says he is feeling better but sitting out due to a cautious approach by the team.
The Angels have won four in a row. They swept the Seattle Mariners in their first series after the All-Star break and took Monday’s game against the Astros. They still trail Houston by 10 games for the AL West lead.