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Mike Trout leaves game after being hit by pitch

Mike Trout injury

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout left Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

Trout was hit on the hand by an offspeed pitch in the fifth inning of the game. To make matters worse, Trout was still holding the bat when he got hit, so there was no real give where he got hit.

Trout appeared to be in considerable pain and left the game after being checked out by trainers. There was no immediate word on his status or condition.

The Angels will be desperately hoping this was just painful but will not keep Trout out for an extended period of time. The outfielder missed much of last season with a lingering calf injury, and the Angels struggled without him. They really won’t want to see him miss extended time for a second season in a row.

Mike Trout had priceless reaction to Angels issuing bases loaded intentional walk

Mike Trout reacts

Mike Trout had a priceless reaction upon seeing his Los Angeles Angels execute a surprising strategy on Friday night.

Trout’s Angels were trailing the Texas Rangers 3-2 with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the fourth inning. Rather than give Corey Seager a chance to blow the game open with a grand slam, Angels manager Joe Maddon decided to issue an intentional walk.

Yes, Maddon gave Seager the Barry Bonds treatment, guaranteeing Texas at least a run.

TV cameras captured Trout’s reaction to the strategy, and it was great. The Angels center fielder reacted with surprise and scanned the bases to double check that he was seeing things correctly.

Yes, Mike, you did see things correctly.

The Rangers added two more runs that inning, one on a sac fly and the other on a balk, to go up 6-2. So Maddon’s strategy didn’t seem to be of great benefit.

Despite the move, the Angels won the game 9-6 thanks in part to 2-run home runs from Shohei Ohtani and Jared Walsh. Trout probably would prefer not to see such a move happen again.

Angels manager clarifies surprising Mike Trout rumor

Mike Trout looks on

Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon is setting the record straight after creating a bit of a snowstorm about Mike Trout’s status for 2022.

Over the weekend, Maddon sparked some rumors about the three-time MVP Trout potentially moving from center field to a corner spot following the calf strain that cost him most of last season.

“To play center field every day in the big leagues coming off a severe injury, that’s not gonna be easy,” said Maddon, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. “No conclusions have been made, but I’d be disingenuous if I didn’t tell you that this hasn’t been part of the conversation, because it has.”

Those comments created a bit of a stir. Thus, Maddon clarified the rumors Monday, saying that Trout will, in fact, be playing center field this season.

Trout himself also met with reporters on Monday. The 30-year-old said that he was surprised by the talk of him moving to a corner spot and added that he wants to remain in center field.

Center field is a tougher position with more ground to cover than a corner outfield spot. The Angels also have an excellent defender in Brandon Marsh who can play center field full-time instead. But Trout is the Angels’ franchise player and has been in center field for his entire career. As such, they would be wise to leave any such decision on a position change to Trout alone.

It sounds like Trout is content to stay in center field, so that figures to be the end of that conversation. It also means that we can probably look forward to more moments like this from Trout in the outfield.

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Mike Trout issues statement about MLB lockout

Mike Trout looks on

Mike Trout issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday regarding the MLB lockout.

The Los Angeles Angels outfielder showed support of his fellow players and solidarity with the MLBPA in his post.

“I want to play, I love our game, but I know we need to get this CBA right,” Trout wrote. “Instead of bargaining in good faith – MLB locked us out. Instead of negotiating a fair deal – Rob canceled games.

“Players stand together. For our game, for our fans, and for every player who comes after us. We owe it to the next generation.”

Throughout the recent negotiations, Trout has also retweeted a few comments by his colleagues regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.

MLB on Tuesday announced the cancelation of the first two series of the 2022 season. The cancelation came in response to the players unanimously rejecting MLB’s final CBA proposal to the players on Tuesday.

Trout, 30, is a 3-time AL MVP. He only played in 36 games last season due to a calf injury.

Trout has made nearly $190 million during his career and is contracted to earn another $334 million.

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Mike Trout has cool offer for coach who criticized his swing

Mike Trout looks on

Mike Trout had a cool offer for the baseball coach who unknowingly criticized him over Twitter.

On Sunday, a Twitter thread went viral after hitting coach Matt Lisle shared a video of Trout taking a swing in a batting cage. Lisle jokingly played the video off by saying, “My friends’ son needs help. Any tips/suggestions?”

Someone didn’t realize it was Trout in the video and began to critique the swing, saying the batter is likely a .150 hitter. Trout’s Twitter account took note.

The three-time AL MVP wasn’t completely put off by the tweet though. One of his sponsors took advantage of the moment and used it to gain publicity. They had Trout’s Twitter account reach out to offer Old Hickory Bats gear to the coach.

That’s very cool.

What’s best is the coach said they reached out to Trout in response to the offer and that Trout now has a “fan for life.”

That’s a nice example of a potentially bad exchange turning the right direction.

Photo: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Trout has funny reaction to critic on Twitter

Mike Trout

Mike Trout usually has about as many haters as mom and apple pie. That made it particularly funny and unexpected to see the criticism that Trout received on Twitter over the weekend.

Hitting coach Mike Lisle posted a video of the Los Angeles Angels star Trout in the batting cage on Sunday. Lisle jokingly captioned the video with the message, “My friends’ son needs help. Any tips/suggestions?”

While Lisle was obviously kidding since Trout is one of the very best hitters to ever play the sport, somebody actually took Lisle seriously. The person in charge of the Twitter account for the Evansville Devils, a 17U travel baseball team in Indiana, critiqued Trout’s swing. The person dubbed it a “pitching machine swing” and offered advice on what Trout might be able do better. They then doubled down on the criticism in another tweet.

Of course, the person had absolutely no idea that it was Trout, a three-time MVP and all-time great at just 30 years old, whose swing they were dissing. Other Twitter users quickly pointed it out, and the Evansville account was left with egg on its face.

Trout himself offered a hilarious reaction to the criticism, responding with several thinking-face emojis.

The nine-time All-Star Trout has one of the most distinctive batting stances and swings in baseball. He did miss most of last year due to a calf injury. But come on! How do you not recognize Trout, especially as a baseball coach?

Trout may not have impressed the Evansville Devils with his baseball swing. But maybe he will be able to do so once they get a load of his golf swing.

Photo: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Trout has nice message for teammate Shohei Ohtani after MVP result

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Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani form a great 1-2 punch on the Angels. They also share another cool honor together.

Ohtani was announced on Thursday as the AL MVP, an award he won through a unanimous vote. He became the fourth Angels player in history to win AL MVP, joining Trout, Vlad Guerrero, and Don Baylor.

Trout (in 2014) was also the most recent unanimous AL MVP selection, so the two are among just 11 unanimous AL MVP selections in baseball history.

Trout missed most of the 2021 season due to a calf injury, meaning he got to witness Ohtani’s special season as both a player and spectator. He sent a nice message Thursday to honor Ohtani, noting it was “special” to watch Ohtani.

Trout is spot on.

Ohtani was regularly accomplishing things we hadn’t seen in years. He crushed 46 home runs, stole 26 bases and led the league with eight triples. He also went 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA and 156 strikeouts as a pitcher. He put up a special season, one we might not see again.

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Shohei Ohtani joins Mike Trout as unanimous AL MVP winner

Shohei Ohtani hitting

Shohei Ohtani on Thursday was named AL MVP, which was an honor he was expected to receive. What was less certain was whether the voting would be somewhat fractured. The answer is: it wasn’t.

Ohtani received all 30 1st-place votes, making him a unanimous AL MVP selection. He is the first unanimous AL MVP since Mike Trout in 2014 and the 11th overall.

According to the BBWAA, here are all the unanimous AL MVP winners:

Hank Greenberg (1935), Al Rosen (1953), Mickey Mantle (1956), Frank Robinson (1966), Denny McLain (1968), Reggie Jackson (1973), Jose Canseco (1988), Frank Thomas (1993), Ken Griffey Jr. (1997) and Mike Trout (2014).

There have been seven unanimous NL MVP selections.

While this has happened a number of times previously in history, it still only occurs maybe about once per decade on average, making it a special honor.

Ohtani is a special player who had an extremely special season — one he may not even be able to replicate the rest of his career. He was deserving of the special recognition that comes from being a unanimous MVP selection. He is the fourth player in Angels franchise history to receive the honor, joining the aforementioned Trout, as well as Don Baylor and Vladimir Guerrero.

Another cool note about the vote is that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finished second in voting. He became the first ever son of a former MVP to receive an MVP vote. Maybe one day they will become the first father-son combination to win MVP awards.

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Mike Trout likely out for rest of season

Mike Trout

Joe Maddon on Wednesday finally admitted the obvious: Mike Trout is unlikely to return this season.

Maddon conceded that time is running out for Trout to make a return given there are only around two weeks left in the regular season.

Trout has been out since straining his calf on May 17. He was originally projected to be out 6-8 weeks.

The initial expectation was to see Trout back some time in July. But he suffered some setbacks with the extreme calf strain and may have encountered some mental hurdles.

The Angels will end up having gotten just 94 games this season out of Trout and Anthony Rendon. Those are of their best and most highly-paid position players.

Mike Trout could be shut down for the season

Mike Trout

We are approaching the final month of the MLB regular season, and Mike Trout is running out of time to return to action. And now the Los Angeles Angels are acknowledging that Trout may finally be shut down for the rest of the season.

Trout has been out since straining his calf on May 17. He was originally projected to be out 6-8 weeks. Instead, it’s been double that amount and Trout still has not returned.

With the Angels under .500 and the season’s end nearing, team manager Joe Maddon finally acknowledged that Trout might not return.

If Trout is still feeling soreness at this point, it’s hard to imagine him bringing him back. What for at this point? To risk injury so he can play a week or two to end this season? It doesn’t make much sense.

Trout batted .333 with a 1.090 OPS in 36 games this season.