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Mike Trout becomes Angels’ all-time leader with 300 career home runs

Mike Trout

Mike Trout became the Los Angeles Angels’ career leader in home runs by slugging No. 300 during Saturday’s game against the Houston Astros.

Trout took Brandon Bielak deep to the opposite field for a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning in the first game of a doubleheader against Houston.

The home run was Trout’s 15th on the season and broke a tie with Tim Salmon for the franchise lead at 299.

Salmon was interviewed on FOX Sports West afterwards and said he was pleased to keep the record in the “fish” family between him and Trout. He also acknowledged that when Trout signed a long-term deal with the Angels, he knew his record would be surpassed.

Trout gave some love to Salmon after getting the record.

Trout becoming the franchise leader in career home runs at age 29 is special. What’s even more impressive is he surpassed Willie Mays as the youngest player with 300 home runs and 200 stolen bases in his career.

Mike Trout may not travel home with Angels amid hurricane concerns

Mike Trout

This week’s series between the Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros could be eventful for more reasons than one.

Angels star Mike Trout told reporters on Monday that he may not travel home with the team over concerns with the hurricanes in the area. The reigning American League MVP added that he has a fear of flying.

“I do not like turbulence,” said Trout, per Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. “You can ask any of my teammates. I already told J-Up [Justin Upton]. If that happens, we’re driving six hours west and then flying.”

Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura are expected to make landfall in the Texas area this week, already leading governor Rick Abbott to declare a state of disaster in several counties. The Angels and Astros were originally scheduled to play their four-game set from Monday to Thursday. Instead, Major League Baseball has decided amid the storm concerns that the two teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday and finish the series Wednesday.

We know Trout is a big-time weather enthusiast. But it is understandable that he would rather experience it from afar than from up close.

Joe Maddon defends Giants pitcher throwing at Mike Trout’s head

Joe Maddon

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Shaun Anderson found some backing from an unlikely source after buzzing the tower on Mike Trout Tuesday.

Anderson pitched the ninth inning of the Giants’ 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. The first batter he faced was Trout. His second pitch went by Trout’s head, as did his 2-2 pitch.

Trout was concerned and wondered if Anderson was throwing at him intentionally. He ended up walking in the at-bat, later advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on a groundout.

After the game, Angels manager Joe Maddon said that Anderson was wild because of inexperience and that there was no malicious intent behind the pitches.

“That’s just a young man that’s not ready to be here, that’s all that is. There’s nothing malicious about it,” Maddon said, via Rhett Bollinger. “It could even have been that he was intimidated by Mike being in the batter’s box.”

Giants manager Gabe Kapler also said it was unintentional and that Anderson was rusty from not pitching in five days.

Are you buying their explanation?

Mike Trout gives new baby son a very special middle name

Mike Trout

Mike Trout and wife Jessica announced on Saturday the birth of their new baby son, whose name has some special meaning.

The Los Angeles Angels star was placed on paternity leave on Thursday, July 30. On Saturday, Mike and Jessica posted a photo of their baby son, Beckham Aaron Trout, who was born on July 30 at 5:10 pm.

You might not think anything special about the name, except you might wonder whether the Trouts are big fans of Odell or David Beckham. But there is special meaning to the baby boy’s middle name.

Beckham shares the name Aaron with Jessica’s late younger brother, who was also Mike’s best friend. Aaron Cox was drafted by the Angels in 2015 and committed suicide in 2018 at the age of 24.

In his first game after Aaron’s death in 2018, Trout wore Aaron’s name on the back of his jersey.

When Mike and Jessica announced in March that she was pregnant, she noted that her due date was right before her brother’s birthday, and that they were having a boy.

Aaron Cox remains a big part of their lives. It’s no coincidence their son’s middle name is the same as his first name.

Mike Trout placed on paternity list as he and wife expect new baby

Mike Trout

Mike Trout has been placed on the paternity list as he and his wife Jessica expect their first baby.

The Trouts announced in March in a great video that they were expecting a baby boy in August. The expected childbirth played a role in Trout’s uncertainty over participating in the 2020 MLB season, though he later determined he was all-in and comfortable with league’s protocol.

Trout was batting .292/.357/.458 with an .815 OPS in six games with the Angels this season and is now going to be away from the team for some time. His son’s due date is August 3.

The Angels have begun the season with a 2-4 record.

Mike Trout confirms he is playing this season despite previous questions

Mike Trout

Mike Trout cleared up speculation about his playing status for 2020 once and for all on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Angels star said he would play the 2020 season, adding that he feels better about the conditions he’s seen.

This is great news for the Angels, as well as Major League Baseball as a whole. It would have been a huge blow if arguably the sport’s best player had opted out of the season over health concerns.

Trout cited concerns over the health of his pregnant wife when weighing whether to play in 2020. He wanted to see how conditions were before committing to playing. He, like another big-name player, has come away satisfied enough with how things are being handled.

Mike Trout unsure if he will play in 2020 due to wife’s pregnancy

Mike Trout

Major League Baseball could be without one of its biggest stars for the 2020 season.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout admitted that he is not sure of playing in 2020 with his wife Jessica expecting the couple’s first child in August. Trout said he and his wife have daily discussions about whether he should play or not.

“Honestly, I still don’t feel comfortable with the baby coming,” Trout said Friday, via Bob Nightengale of USA Today. “There’s a lot of things on my mind. I’m trying to be the safest and most cautious to get through the season. It’s going to be tough.

“We’re playing it by ear. I think the biggest thing is this is our first child. I’ve got to be there. If I test positive, I can’t see the baby for 14 days. We would be upset. I’ve got to keep Jess safe. I’ve got to keep the baby safe. … I try to talk to my wife every night about this. I know I’m risking myself. I could meet somebody and get this virus. That’s the last thing I want to do.”

Trout added that he does want to play, but he needs to know that he is safe. For now, it appears that he plans to play, and he reported to camp on time Friday. He cautioned, however, that another localized outbreak in the next month could change his mind.

The star center fielder was eager to play while negotiations with the league were ongoing, and to be fair, he still is. Trout just has other considerations that he needs to worry about, and understandably so.

Trout turns 29 in August. The reigning AL MVP hit .291 with 45 home runs in 2019.

Bryce Harper, Mike Trout are anxious to get MLB season started

Mike Trout

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred admitted on Monday that it is a horrible look for the league to be squabbling over player compensation with all that is going on in the world, and two of baseball’s biggest superstars are not helping in that regard.

Manfred said he is “not confident” there will be a season in 2020, which led to the MLB Players Association ripping the commissioner for completely changing his stance after saying last week that he was 100 percent certain there would be a season. In response to MLBPA executive director Tony Clark’s scathing statement, both Bryce Harper and Mike Trout said to just name a time and place to start the season and they will be there.

The relationship between MLB and the players’ union appears to be close to rock bottom. While all other leagues have come up with set plans to resume or begin their seasons, MLB and the MLBPA don’t appear to be anywhere close to an agreement. An agreement the two sides reached back in March gives Manfred the power to launch the start of the season and dictate the length, but owners want as few regular season games as possible.

Trevor Bauer unloaded on Manfred after the commissioner made his latest remarks, and the star pitcher’s frustrations are likely felt by Harper, Trout and most other players.

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.