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Mike Trout responds to flap with commissioner

Mike Trout

Now Mike Trout himself has weighed in on the mini-controversy about him and Commissioner Rob Manfred.

On Tuesday, Manfred talked about the league not marketing its stars better and said that Trout was partially to blame for the issue because of a lack of interest.

“Mike’s a great, great player and a really nice person, but he’s made certain decisions about what he wants to do and what he doesn’t want to do, and how he wants to spend his free time and how he doesn’t want to spend his free time,” Manfred said, via ESPN. “That’s up to him. If he wants to engage and be more active in that area, I think we could help him make his brand really, really big. But he has to make a decision that he’s prepared to engage in that area. It takes time and effort.”

A day later, the Los Angeles Angels responded by defending their superstar. In their statement, the Angels called Trout “an exceptional ambassador for the game” and “perfect role model.” They also praised him for prioritizing his personal life over his self-commercialization.

Later in the evening, Trout responded with a very Mike Trout statement. It was simple, to the point, and encouraged everyone to get back to focusing on baseball.

Trout has avoided controversies throughout his career, so it’s no surprise he’s doing so here. If you’re looking for drama with Mike Trout, you’re just not going to get it.

Angels rebuke commissioner, defend Mike Trout

Mike Trout

The Los Angeles Angels are not happy with commissioner Rob Manfred’s recent comments about Mike Trout, and they’re not even bothering to hide it.

On Tuesday, Manfred responded to criticism of MLB failing to properly market its stars by pointing out that players have to be actively engaged in marketing themselves if they want to be household names, and that Trout has chosen not to do that.

“Mike’s a great, great player and a really nice person, but he’s made certain decisions about what he wants to do and what he doesn’t want to do, and how he wants to spend his free time and how he doesn’t want to spend his free time,” Manfred said, via ESPN. “That’s up to him. If he wants to engage and be more active in that area, I think we could help him make his brand really, really big. But he has to make a decision that he’s prepared to engage in that area. It takes time and effort.”

The Angels clearly didn’t think much of Manfred’s response, and on Wednesday, issued a rather extraordinary statement in praise of their star outfielder while simultaneously shading the commissioner.

There is no other way to read this but as a rebuke of the commissioner’s comments, and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times quickly pointed out that Angels owner Arte Moreno initially wasn’t a supporter of Manfred’s.

Ever since entering the league, Trout has gone about his business in a low-key, no-nonsense manner. He’s declined the chance to participate in some of the league’s bigger showcases, and he doesn’t really do bombastic things on or off the field, preferring to hang out at Eagles games and geek out about weather. He shouldn’t be criticized for any of that, and it appears that Manfred may have caused a bigger problem for himself by singling Trout out as a player who simply hasn’t been engaged in enough self-promotion.

Mike Trout: Angels not reaching postseason has been ‘frustrating’

Mike Trout

Mike Trout has done just about everything a player can as an individual. He’s won Rookie of the Year, AL MVP, and he’s been named to seven straight All-Star teams. But one thing he hasn’t done much of is playing in the postseason. And he says that is “frustrating.”

Trout joined MLB Network for an interview at the site of the All-Star Game on Monday, and he was asked about what more he can do in his career. He mentioned the playoffs three times in his response.

“I want to get to that postseason. It’s frustrating sometimes. We’ve been banged up all year. We’ve a great group of guys. I want to get to that postseason,” Trout said in response to Al Leiter.

“You want to play in October. I got a small taste of it — we got knocked out quick. For me, it’s pushing myself, pushing my teammates, I want to get to playoff baseball.”

Trout has been with the Angels since 2011 (full-time since 2012), and the team has only made the playoffs once during his tenure. They won the AL West with 98 wins in 2014, but got swept in the ALDS by the Royals. He didn’t reach the playoffs before and hasn’t been back since.

Trout is under contract through 2020, which gives the Angels two more seasons to turn things around while they have Trout. If not, maybe those frustrations could cause him to leave the team. That would be a real bummer for the Angels, especially considering they reportedly had a chance to lock him up very long term.

Mike Trout DHing for Angels due to finger issue

Mike Trout

Mike Trout will only have limited availability for the Los Angeles Angels over the next few days.

Trout is being bothered by a strained right index finger, which is preventing him from throwing. Because of the injury, he is just serving as the Angels’ DH on Thursday and not playing in the field.

The issue clearly has not impacted Trout’s ability to hit. He has an 8-game hitting streak during which he has gone 15-for-23, good for a .652 average. He’s also walked 11 times during that span.

For now, Michael Hermosillo is playing center field in Trout’s place.

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

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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. 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.