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Mike Trout acknowledges Albert Pujols’ release made him break down

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Mike Trout acknowledged on Friday that he struggled with Albert Pujols’ release by the Los Angeles Angels.

The Angels on Thursday surprised the sports world by announcing they had cut Pujols, who was in the final year of his contract. The team benched Pujols on Wednesday night, and the 41-year-old was not happy. The two sides eventually agreed to part ways to give Pujols the chance to play elsewhere.

Pujols’ first season with the Angels was Trout’s first full year playing in the big leagues. Pujols served as a mentor to Trout.

It’s no surprise that Trout said Friday he had a hard time with the news.

“It was tough,” Trout said, via USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. “I think we were all in shock when the news broke and when we found out about it.

It was reported in the past that the close relationship between the two factored into the Angels’ decision to keep Pujols the last few years despite his poor performance.

Trout acknowledged the mentor relationship he had with Pujols.

“It hit me a little bit. It hit me a lot. Ever since I’ve been up here, he’s been my guy.”

The reality is despite his nice looking home run and RBI totals of the past few years, the Angels should have cut Pujols long ago. He was holding them back on the field. That didn’t keep many players from being upset with the way Pujols was let go, though.

Video: These young Angels fans were so upset with the Rays for hitting Mike Trout

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A couple of young Los Angeles Angels fans objected in a big way after Mike Trout was hit by a pitch on Wednesday night.

Trout was batting in the bottom of the fifth inning against Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough. The Angels star was hit in the elbow by a 1-2 pitch.

The cameras later show a couple of young fans letting the Rays hear it for hitting Trout and then throwing inside to the following batter, Jared Walsh.

That is awesome. No Angels players should be hit on their watch.

Trout missed a few games recently after being hit in the elbow. He entered the game batting .407 with eight home runs on the season.

Despite having a pad for protection, those injuries still hurt.

Mike Trout addresses accusation that he tried to get hit by pitch

Mike Trout

Mike Trout addressed accusations that he tried to get hit by a pitch on Thursday night.

Trout was hit on the elbow in the top of the fourth inning of the Angels’ 8-2 loss in Houston.

Trout initially remained in the game, but later left due to an elbow contusion.

Some accused Trout of trying to get hit by the pitch in order to reach base. The video did show Trout appearing to stick out his elbow. The former AL MVP said after the game that he was not trying to get hit. He also said the pitch mostly got him in the elbow pad.

Angels manager Joe Maddon said that he thought Trout would be able to play on Friday.

Trout reached base in both of his plate appearances, as he also had a walk. The 29-year-old is having a big season already. He has five doubles and six homers and has a whopping .804 slugging percentage this season.

Mike Trout had cool gesture for Angels fan in Kansas City

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Mike Trout was able to come through on Monday for one of his biggest fans.

In 2019, Trout was shut down by the Angels in September due to a foot injury. Fan Jason Pedigo, who is from Wichita, Kansas, says he took his son to a September game in Anaheim, but Trout didn’t play and was shut down for the year the next day.

That was a real bummer for Pedigo and his son. But Trout made it up to them on Monday.

Pedigo informed Trout over Twitter that he and his son would be in the first row in center field at Kauffman Stadium for the Angels’ game against the Royals.

Trout threw them a ball during the game. After the game, Trout was seen giving Pedigo’s son his batting gloves — ones the slugger used while homering during the game.

That’s so cool. Hopefully it makes it up to the Pedigos for not playing in the 2019 game they attended.

Mike Trout hit a home run into an elementary school

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Mike Trout smashed a baseball into orbit during the Los Angeles Angels’ win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night, and it is a good thing school wasn’t in session when it happened.

The Blue Jays have been playing their “home” games at minor league facility TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla., this season due to the pandemic. Curtis Fundamental Elementary School is located right behind the park in the direction of the home run Trout launched in the top of the fifth inning on Thursday night.

The home run traveled an estimated 444 feet. Someone did the math on the distance the ball went using a satellite view of the ballpark, and it is safe to conclude that it hit the elementary school.

If you remember, Trout had a funny exchange with David Price recently (see it here) about MLB supposedly taking some of the juice out of baseballs. Anyone who was inside Curtis Fundamental Elementary School at the time of Trout’s moonshot might question whether that actually happened.

The home run was Trout’s third in seven games.

David Price, Mike Trout have funny Twitter exchange over ‘juiced’ ball

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David Price and Mike Trout had a funny Twitter exchange on Tuesday over MLB’s “juiced” ball.

A report this week said that MLB would be slightly deadening the ball for the upcoming season. Price noted that MLB deadening the ball confirms the ball has been juiced. He is pleased the league is attempting to go back to the “regular” ball.

Trout saw Price’s tweet and replied with some eye-rolling emojis and laughing emojis. Price joked back that he thought Trout would be fine even with a slightly deadened ball.

Several notable pitchers complained in 2019 about there being a juiced ball. Unsurprisingly, MLB shot down the talk of the juiced ball.

This new report seems to vindicate everyone who said the ball was juiced.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.