Mike Trout

Michael Nelson Trout (born August 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). Trout is a eight-time MLB All-Star, received the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 2014 and 2016 (finishing second in the 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2018 votes), and is a six-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award. He is nicknamed "The Millville Meteor."

The Angels selected Trout in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft. He made a brief major league appearance in 2011 before becoming a regular player for the Angels the subsequent season, and won the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Award unanimously.

Trout's athleticism on the field has received praise from both the mainstream media and sabermetricians. He is regarded as one of the most outstanding young players in the history of baseball, as well as one of the best current players in all of MLB.[1][2][3][4] Trout led the American League in wins above replacement (WAR) in each of his first five full seasons (according to Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference.com).[5]

Trout has led the American League in runs (2012–14, 2016) and times on base (2013, 2015–16, 2018) four times.[6] As of 2018, he led all active major league ballplayers in career slugging percentage (.573), on base plus slugging (.990), and stolen base percentage (84.75%), and was second in career on base percentage (.416).[6][7] In 2019, he signed a 12-year, $426 million contract with the Angels, the richest contract in the history of North American sports.

Mike Trout
Mike Trout 2018
Trout in 2018
Los Angeles Angels – No. 27
Center fielder
Born: August 7, 1991 (age 27)
Vineland, New Jersey
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 8, 2011, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
MLB statistics
(through July 21, 2019)
Batting average.306
Hits1,285
Home runs272
Runs batted in727
Stolen bases197
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Born to Jeff and Debbie (Busonick) Trout in Vineland, New Jersey, Mike grew up in nearby Millville, New Jersey.[8] He has two older siblings, sister Teal and brother Tyler. His father, Jeff (born January 7, 1961), played baseball at the University of Delaware[9][10] and was a fifth-round draft pick as a second baseman by the Minnesota Twins in 1983.[11] Jeff played four years of minor league baseball before a torn plantar fascia and knee injuries ended his career.[12] Trout grew up a die-hard Philadelphia Phillies fan, and attended their World Series parade in 2008.[13][14]

Trout began playing baseball in Cal Ripken Baseball, A Division of Babe Ruth League.[15] His main position as a youth baseball player was the shortstop position. He wore #2 in honor of his childhood hero, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. He would switch to #1 in high school.[16] Mike attended Lakeside Middle School and is a 2009 graduate of Millville Senior High School.[17]

Amateur career

Trout attended Millville Senior High School in Millville, New Jersey where he played both baseball and basketball,[18] earning five letters (three in baseball and two in basketball).[10] In his junior year, he threw a no-hitter against Egg Harbor Township High School. The Thunderbolts made it to the state playoffs and were defeated by Cherry Hill High School East.[16] He started as a pitcher and shortstop, and was shifted to the outfield during his senior year.[19] That year, he hit 18 home runs, a New Jersey high school record.[20] Trout had committed to play baseball at East Carolina University prior to the 2009 MLB Draft.[10] Millville initially planned to retire Trout's jersey number, but instead began awarding it to the team captain, starting in 2012.[21]

Trout played travel ball with Tri-State Arsenal, one of the premier travel programs in the Northeast. He began working with the coaches at Arsenal at age 14.[22] Trout played in various tournaments with Tri-State Arsenal, including the Perfect Game WWBA Championships in Jupiter, Florida in 2007 and 2008.[23]

In the summer before his senior year, Trout attended the Area Code Games in southern California, where he went 6-for-11 against some of the best players in the country.[24] Angels scout Greg Morhardt, who had played in the minor leagues with Trout's father, claimed Mike was the fastest and strongest 17-year-old he had ever seen.[11]

Professional career

Draft and minors

The Angels selected Trout, using their compensation pick from the New York Yankees for their signing of Mark Teixeira, 25th overall in the 2009 MLB draft.[25] He started his professional career in 2009 playing for the Arizona Angels of the rookie-level Arizona League, hitting .360 with a .418 OBP and .506 SLG with one home run, 25 runs batted in (RBIs), and 13 stolen bases in 187 plate appearances over 39 games. He was beaten out in being named AZL Most Valuable Player by Cody Decker.[26][27] He finished the season playing for the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Class A Midwest League, hitting .267 over 20 plate appearances in five games.

Before the 2010 season, Trout was considered the Angels' third-best prospect and the 85th-best in all of baseball by Baseball America.[28][29] He started the season playing for Cedar Rapids, where he hit .362 with a .454 on-base percentage (OBP) and a .526 slugging percentage (SLG) with six home runs, 39 RBIs, and 45 stolen bases in 82 games. He was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game.[20] In July, Baseball America named Trout the second-best overall baseball prospect.[30] After the Futures game, he was promoted to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the Class A-Advanced California League.[31]

After the 2010 season, Trout was named 2010 J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps Minor League Player of the Year. At just 19 years and two months, he was the youngest player to win this award.[32] He was also named a Baseball America All-Star as well as a Topps Class A All-Star.[33]

Prior to the 2011 season, Trout was ranked number one by ESPN's Keith Law in his 2011 top 100 prospects list[34] and by MLB's Jonathan Mayo.[35] Trout started the 2011 season with the Arkansas Travelers of the Class AA Texas League. He hit .324 with nine home runs, 27 RBIs, and 28 stolen bases in his first 75 games.[36]

Los Angeles Angels

2011

Mike Trout on July 22, 2011
Trout with the Angels in 2011

The Los Angeles Angels promoted Trout on July 8, 2011, to replace the injured Peter Bourjos in center field. He made his major league debut that night, going 0-for-3.[36] In his next game, Trout recorded his first career major league hit, an infield single against Seattle Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda in the bottom of the third inning.[37] He hit his first major league home run against Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mark Worrell on July 24.[38] Trout was sent back to Double-A Arkansas on August 1, 2011 after hitting .163 with one home run and six runs batted in 12 starts for the Angels.[39]

After spending time back in Double-A Arkansas, Trout was recalled by the Angels on August 19, 2011. That night, he went 1-for-4 with a home run, his first at Angel Stadium.[40] On August 30, Trout became the youngest Angel to hit two home runs in one game, homering off of Mariners pitcher Anthony Vazquez in the top of the second inning and again in the top of the fourth inning.[41][42] In his 40-game rookie big league stint in 2011, Trout's batting average was .220, while his on-base percentage was .281 and his slugging percentage .390.[43]

For the 2011 season, of the 13 votes cast for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award, Trout received the 2 votes allocated to the fan poll.[44] He was named Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year[45][46] after hitting .326/.414/.544 with 11 home runs, 38 RBIs, 82 runs scored, and 33 stolen bases in 91 games. He was again named an outfielder on Baseball America's 2011 Minor League All Star team.[47]

American League Rookie of the Year (2012)

Mike Trout robs home run
Trout robs J. J. Hardy of a home run, June 27, 2012.

Trout began the 2012 season with the Salt Lake Bees of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. On April 28, he was again brought up from the minors, this time to replace Bobby Abreu (who was batting .208 in 24 at-bats). At that time, Trout had a .403 batting average, a .467 on-base percentage, and a .623 slugging percentage in 20 games with Salt Lake.[48]

Trout recorded his first career four-hit game on June 4 (and his second 15 days later). In the process, he scored all four times and two of his four hits went for doubles. Trout, along with Angels right fielder Torii Hunter, was named American League co-Player of the Week from June 4–10. During that stretch, Trout went 13-for-25 for a .520 batting average to go along with 10 runs scored and four stolen bases.[49] On June 27 against the Baltimore Orioles, Trout had his third career four-hit game in the same month. In the same game, he showed off his defensive skills when he robbed Orioles shortstop J. J. Hardy of a home run as he leaped up in the center field wall to make a spectacular catch in the bottom of the first inning.[50]

Trout broke both an Angels' franchise and American League rookie record when he crossed home plate in 14 consecutive games after scoring a run in a game on July 22.[51] Trout's 26 stolen bases tied Jerry Remy for the team's rookie record for most stolen bases by the All-Star Break.[52] Playing in his first All-Star Game, Trout singled off of New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey in the bottom of the 6th inning and drew a base on balls against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the 7th.[53] In the month of June, Trout batted .372 with three home runs and 16 RBI and was named AL Player of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month. Angels manager Mike Scioscia explained Trout's impact by saying, "It's a pleasant surprise only with the fact that you see very few guys come up and do this much. Is it surprising that Mike Trout's talent is able to produce what's happening on the field? No, that's not a surprise. He's an extraordinary talent."[54] Trout's 34 runs scored in July tied the Major League rookie record with Cleveland Indians first baseman Hal Trosky in 1934. He had a .392 batting average, 10 home runs, and 23 runs batted in. In addition, Trout continued to show his speed by stealing nine bases and scoring 32 runs in July.[55] Trout also became the first rookie to drive in at least 55 runs and score 80 runs in 81 games since Joe DiMaggio in 1936."[56]

Against the Chicago White Sox on August 4, Trout made another highlight catch, robbing second baseman Gordon Beckham of a home run in the second inning. White Sox catcher A. J. Pierzynski told reporters after the game that Trout "makes those catches in the outfield look so good.".[57]

On August 21, Trout went 2-for-4 in a victory over the Boston Red Sox, raising his batting average to .344.[58] With the .344 average, Trout set the rookie record for batting average through 100 games.[56] Trout finished the month of August with a .284 batting average, seven home runs, 19 runs batted in, 11 stolen bases, and an .866 OPS. Trout was again named AL Rookie of the Month for August, his fourth time winning the honor. In winning the award for the fourth time, Trout became the first American League rookie since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 to win Rookie of the Month four times during a single season.[59]

Trout became the youngest player ever to hit at least 20 home runs and steal at least 40 bases in a season. Houston Astros center fielder César Cedeño had been the youngest player to accomplish the feat, doing so in 1972.[60] He also became the youngest hitter ever to hit at least 20 home runs and steal at least 30 bases in a season.[61] Trout scored his 100th run of the season on August 26, becoming the second Angels rookie to score at least 100 runs in a season after Devon White.[62] Trout set a new Angels record for runs scored in a rookie season, passing White. Trout scored three runs that day, the tenth time in the 2012 season where he scored three or more runs in one game, the most since Sammy Sosa's 11 games in 2001.[63]

On September 9, in a game against the Detroit Tigers, Trout became the first player in baseball history under the age of 22 to hit a leadoff home run in back-to-back games.[64] On September 21, Trout became the first rookie to score 120 or more runs since Ichiro Suzuki and the fourth rookie to accomplish that feat since 1964.[65] On September 30, Trout became the youngest player in Major League Baseball history to join the 30–30 club when he belted a 7th-inning home run off of Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, helping the Angels win the game by a score of 5–4.[66]

Trout became the first player in MLB history to hit 30 home runs, steal 45 bases, and score 125 runs in one season.[67] Trout set the Angels' club record for most runs scored in a season, surpassing Vladimir Guerrero. He also set the Angels rookie record for most hits in a season with 173, passing Wally Joyner.[68] Trout became the first rookie ever to hit 30 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season. In addition, Trout finished second in the AL in batting average (.326), third in slugging percentage (.564), third in on-base percentage (.399), second in OPS (.963), 9th in hits (182), and first in OPS+ (171).[69] He became the first Angels player to lead the league in stolen bases since Chone Figgins did so in 2005 with 49 stolen bases.[70] He led the American League in power-speed number (37.2).[71] According to Baseball-Reference.com, Trout finished with a wins above replacement (WAR) value of 10.9, 2.4 better than second-place finisher Robinson Canó of the Yankees.[72] Trout was the first position player to have a WAR above 10.0 since Barry Bonds for the San Francisco Giants in 2004.[73]

Trout led the Angels in batting average, runs scored, hits (182), triples, stolen bases, total bases (315), base on balls, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and on-base plus slugging despite playing in just 139 games. He was tied with Pujols for second place on the team in home runs behind Mark Trumbo and was fourth in runs batted in.[74]

On November 12, 2012, Trout won the BBWAA Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award, receiving 28 of 28 first place votes, becoming the first Angels player to win the award since Tim Salmon won it in 1993 and the youngest player to win the AL Rookie of the Year Award. Trout became just the 18th Rookie of the Year winner to win the award unanimously.[75] On November 13, Trout won the Heart and Hustle Award, given to the player who "demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game."[76][77] Trout was one of three outfielders in the American League to win the Silver Slugger for being the best offensive players at their position; the others were then-Ranger Josh Hamilton and Josh Willingham of the Minnesota Twins.[78] He also won a Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding center fielder in MLB.[79]

Trout's high WAR value led many to support his candidacy for American League Most Valuable Player.[80][81][82][83] Trout's main competition for the award was Miguel Cabrera, who became the first player since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 to win the triple crown by leading the AL in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in.[82] The race between Trout and Cabrera created controversy amongst baseball fans and writers, and was described by many as a clash between new-age sabermetrics and supporters of more "traditional" statistics.[84] In supporting Trout's case, Jayson Stark wrote, "We just understand that Trout's insane 10.5 WAR are one more clear indication that he's a better baseball player than even one of the greatest hitters of our lifetimes. ... If you want to toss in his slash line, his 62 extra-base hits, his 92.3 percent stolen-base success rate or any other item on his stat sheet, you'll find that no player in the history of baseball has combined this much excellence in so many areas in the same season."[83] Meanwhile, Scott Miller of CBS Sports wrote, "Nobody combined overall statistics, badass lineup presence and value to his team more than Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera."[85] On November 15, Cabrera won the MVP decisively, winning twenty-two of twenty-eight first place votes to Trout's six.[86]

2013

Mike Trout 2013
Trout in 2013

Trout began the 2013 season as a left fielder, in order to accommodate for Peter Bourjos in center field.[87] Trout started the 2013 season slowly, hitting .261 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in April.[88] During a game on April 20 against the Detroit Tigers, Trout hit his first career grand slam off pitcher Rick Porcello, capping a 10-run inning for the Angels, their highest-scoring inning in almost 18 years.[89]

On April 30, Bourjos injured his hamstring, and Trout was moved back to center field.[90] In May, Trout regained his rookie-year form, batting .327 with 8 home runs, 21 RBIs, and 27 runs scored.[88] Trout stated that he had struggled early in the season because he was chasing pitches out of the strike zone and pressing too much on himself.[91] On May 21, 2013 Trout became the youngest player to hit for the cycle in American League history and sixth youngest in Major League history, doing so at home against the Seattle Mariners.[92] On May 30, Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced that Trout would return to left field after Bourjos returned from the disabled list. This decision caused some controversy, as some believed that Trout's successful May was a direct result of his move back to center field.[87] Scioscia, however, believed that Trout's numbers as a center fielder had to do with his batting-order position and hype subsiding.[93]

On June 8, with shortstop Erick Aybar struggling at the leadoff spot, Trout began batting leadoff, marking his first time hitting in the leadoff spot since April 14.[94] In his first game batting leadoff since mid-April, Trout went 3-for-5, with two doubles, a run batted in, scored two runs, had a base on balls, and stole a base, helping the Angels win the game over the Boston Red Sox in the first game of a double-header.[95]

Trout indeed moved back to left field after Bourjos returned to the Angels' lineup on June 10.[96] In his 249th career game, he scored his 200th career run, becoming the fastest player to accomplish this since Ted Williams (225 games) and Barney McCosky (236 games) did it in 1940.[97]

Trout represented the Angels in the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He was the leading vote-getter among all AL outfielders and the first Angels position player to start in the All-Star Game since Vladimir Guerrero in 2007.[98] In the month of July, Trout led all of baseball with an on-base percentage of .475 and OPS of 1.108.[88] In addition, he was the only player in the American League to reach base in every game of the month and became the first Angels player to have two consecutive streaks of reaching base in at least 33 games.[99] Trout continued his strong play in August, batting .337 with 6 home runs and an on-base percentage of .500.[88] As in 2012, Trout's play declined somewhat in September, as he batted .281 with 4 home runs and 4 stolen bases.[88]

According to Baseball-Reference, Trout finished the 2013 season with 9.2 WAR, again the highest in baseball.[100] Notably, Trout's walk rate increased from 10.5% in 2012 to 15.4% in 2013.[88] Trout's 110 bases on balls led the American League.[100] He again led the American League in power-speed number (29.7).[71] Echoing the 2012 season, Miguel Cabrera won the 2013 AL MVP with 23 first-place votes, while Trout finished second with five.[101]

First American League Most Valuable Player Award (2014)

Mike Trout of Anaheim on July 31, 2014
Trout in 2014

Rumors of a contract extension surfaced in February 2014, as news outlets reported that the Angels were considering offering Trout a six-year $150 million contract. Instead, he signed a one-year, $1 million contract. That figure is the highest ever for a player not yet eligible for salary arbitration.[102] On March 28, 2014, the Angels announced they had signed Trout to a 6-year, $144.5 million extension.[103]

On April 19, 2014, Trout went 0-4 with four consecutive strikeouts against Max Scherzer, giving him his first golden sombrero after playing in 353 games.[104] On May 15, Trout hit his first career walk-off home run in a 6–5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.[105] On July 15, Trout appeared in his third All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota. He went 2 for 3, with a double, a triple, and two RBIs. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the game, making him the second-youngest All-Star Game MVP behind Ken Griffey Jr. in 1992.[106][107] On June 27, Trout hit the longest home run of the 2014 season, according to ESPN.com's Home Run Tracker.[108] The ball was hit 489 feet into left-center field at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri.[109]

Playing in 157 games in 2014, Trout batted .287 with 36 home runs, 39 doubles, nine triples, an AL-leading 111 RBIs, 16 stolen bases and an MLB-leading 115 runs scored. He also struck out a league-high 184 times. In an interview with Ken Rosenthal, Trout attributed his increased strikeouts to a "golf-swing." Nevertheless, Trout added he is working with staff to fix correct the strikeout tendency, and what may have been the only significant flaw of his all-around game.

In Game 3 of the 2014 American League Division Series against the Kansas City Royals, Trout hit his first career postseason home run in the first inning off of James Shields.[110] Later on in the ninth inning, Trout was the final batter of the Angels to strike out as the team lost to the Royals in a three-game sweep of the series.[110]

On November 13, 2014, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced that Trout was unanimously selected as the AL MVP, becoming the sixth player in MLB history to win both the regular season MVP and the All-Star Game MVP in the same season. Further, at the time, he was the fifth-youngest MVP ever, the 17th to win unanimously, and the fifth in Angels' franchise history, following Vladimir Guerrero in 2004.[111]

2015

On April 17, 2015, Trout became the youngest player in MLB history to reach 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases.[112] He was 23 years and 253 days old when he reached the milestone, passing the previous record-holder, Alex Rodriguez, who had achieved it at the age of 23 years and 309 days in 1999.[112] Trout led off the 2015 MLB All-Star Game with a home run, becoming the fourth player in All-Star Game history to do so.[113] For the second year in a row, Trout won the All-Star Game MVP Award, becoming the first player ever to win it in consecutive years.[114] On September 22, Trout hit his 40th home run, becoming only the second Angels player to hit 40 home runs in a season.[115] Trout led the AL in WAR for the fourth straight year.[116]

Trout finished the season with 41 home runs and 90 RBIs. He also led all American League players in slugging percentage, and OPS with a slashline of .299/.402/.590/.991. For his offensive performance, Trout won his fourth Silver Slugger Award in as many seasons. In doing so, he became only the second player since Mike Piazza to win four straight Silver Slugger Awards to start off a career.[117] He also won the Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY Award.[118]

On November 10, it was announced that Trout, along with Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain and Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, were finalists for the AL MVP.[119] Trout became the first player since Barry Bonds to be among the top three in MVP voting in four straight seasons.

On November 19, Trout finished second to MVP winner Josh Donaldson, making it the third time he finished second in MVP voting in his four big league seasons.[120]

Second AL MVP (2016)

Tommy Milone gives up a home run to Mike Trout on May 21, 2017
Trout hitting a home run off the Mets' Tommy Milone in an interleague game in 2017

In June 2016, Sporting News named Trout "baseball's best player" for the season.[121] According to Fangraphs, he had accumulated more WAR through his age-24 season (on August 12, 2016) than any other player since 1913, with 45. Mickey Mantle was second with 41.1, followed by Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, and Ted Williams. A close contemporary of Trout's, Alex Rodriguez, was seventh.[122] In 159 games of 2016, Trout led the MLB with walks (116), runs scored (123), and on-base percentage (.441). He also had a .315 batting average, 29 home runs, 30 stolen bases, and 100 RBI. He led the American League in power-speed number (29.5).[71]

On November 17, Trout was announced as the 2016 AL MVP, winning the award for the second time in his career.[123] Trout also joined Barry Bonds as the only other player in MLB history to finish top 2 for the MVP in five straight seasons.[124] He was the 2016 Esurance MLB/This Year in Baseball Award winner for Best Major Leaguer.[125] At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Trout was 12th among active position players in Total Wins Above Replacement through just five full seasons.[126]

2017

Mike Trout 2017 (cropped)
Trout in 2017

On May 28, 2017, Trout left the game after spraining his left thumb. Two days later, an MRI revealed that the thumb had a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his major league career. The injury required surgery, and he was ruled out for six to eight weeks.[127] Prior to the injury, Trout was batting .337 and had led the Angels with 16 home runs.[128] On May 31, he underwent successful thumb surgery.[129] He was voted to be a starting outfielder for the American League in the All-Star Game, but did not participate due to his thumb injury.[130] Trout was activated from the disabled list on July 14 after missing 39 games.[128] On August 7, the date of his 26th birthday, he doubled down the third-base line for his 1,000th career hit.[131] In his next at-bat, he hit a home run for his 1,001st hit. It marked the fourth time in six seasons that Trout had homered on his birthday.

On September 6, 2017, versus the Oakland Athletics, Trout drew a walk in his 14th consecutive contest to pass Albie Pearson for the franchise record of 13 set in 1961.[132][133] He hit his 200th career home run off of Marco Gonzales of the Seattle Mariners on September 29, 2017. Trout became the seventh player in history to reach 200 or more home runs before the end of his age-25 season, following Foxx, Matthews, Mantle, Ott, Robinson, Rodriguez, and Pujols.[134] Trout played in a career low 114 games due to injury but led the team in runs (92), home runs (33), stolen bases (22), walks (94), and in batting average (.306).

End of season awards for Trout included selection as center fielder on Baseball America's All-MLB Team.[135]

2018

Prior to the 2018 season, Sports Illustrated rated Trout the #1 player in baseball.[136] He achieved his first career five-hit game on May 26 at Yankee Stadium, going 5-for-5 with three doubles and a home run. He also set single-game career highs in doubles, extra base hits (four), and total bases (11). Previously, he had collected four hits in a game 13 times. The Angels defeated New York 11–4.[137] He homered twice in each of consecutive games versus Seattle on June 11 and 12, doing so for the first time in his career, while totaling a then MLB leading 23 home runs.[138] In a span of eight games through June 19, he reached base in 29 of 37 plate appearances to bat .696/.778/1.261 with a 2.039 OPS.[139]

Batting .312 with 25 home runs and 50 RBIs, Trout was named a starting outfielder for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.[140] He went 1-2 with a home run and a walk.[141] On August 10, 2018, Trout was placed on the disabled list due to right wrist inflammation.[142]

For the season, he batted .312 (4th in the league)/.460 (leading the league)/.628 (3rd), with 101 runs scored (9th), 39 home runs (4th), 79 RBIs, 24 stolen bases (9th), a 92.31 stolen base percentage (2nd), 12.1 at bats per home run (2nd), and a 29.7 power-speed number (4th).[6] He walked in 20.1% of his at bats, tops in the major leagues, led the American League with 122 walks, and led the majors with 25 intentional walks.[143] He had the highest ISO (Isolated Power) of all MLB players in 2018, at .316.[144] On defense, he led AL outfielders with a 1.000 fielding percentage.[6]

2019

On March 20, 2019, Trout signed a 12-year, $426 million contract with the Angels, the richest contract in the history of North American sports.[145] Following the April home series against the Texas Rangers, Trout was named AL Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career.[146]

Awards and achievements

Awards and exhibition team selections

Statistical achievements

American League statistical leader
Category Times Seasons
Adjusted OPS+ leader 6 2012, 2015–19
Bases on balls leader 4 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019
Extra base hits leader 2 2014, 2019
On-base percentage leader 4 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
On-base plus slugging leader 3 2015, 2017, 2019
Runs batted in leader 2 2014, 2019
Runs scored leader 4 2012−14, 2016
Slugging percentage leader 3 2015, 2017, 2019
Stolen bases leader 1 2012
Total bases leader 2 2014, 2019
Wins above replacement leader 5 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019
Wins above replacement @ position 6 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019
Notes:
Per Baseball-Reference.com. Through 2019 season.

Player profile

Trout's exceptional performance at an early age has drawn comparisons with Ted Williams,[147] and his combination of power and speed to the skillset of Hall of Fame center fielder Mickey Mantle.[148]

Between 2012 and 2017, Trout was first in on-base plus slugging, and was MLB's most productive batter per plate appearance when adjusted for park factors (among all batters who had 1,000 or more plate appearances).[149] During this period Trout combined a high average (.309, sixth among 377 players), high isolated power (.263, fourth) and high walk rate (14.3%, fifth).[149]

Trout is particularly able to hit pitches that are low in the strike zone,[150][151] but in 2015 acknowledged a vulnerability against high pitches.[152] However, Trout later appeared to fix this vulnerability, greatly improving his contact rate and slugging percentage against high fastballs.[153][154]

In 2014, Trout recorded the most strikeouts ever during an MVP season, and later expressed a wish to reduce his strikeout rate.[152][155] After having MLB's 14th highest strikeout rate in 2014, Trout improved to 26th in 2015, and 59th in 2016.[156][157][158]

Trout has been graded as a roughly average defender across the outfield positions (according to ultimate zone rating) and he is also a valuable baserunner, stealing 142 bases between 2012 and 2016, at a success rate of 83 percent.[159]

Off the field

Trout's nicknames include "Prince Fish", "God's Gift", "Millville Miracle" and "King Fish 2.0", in reference to retired Angel Tim Salmon. He adopted the nickname "Millville Meteor" after a prankster edited his Wikipedia article[160] and the name caught on.[69][161][162][163]

In February 2014, President Barack Obama used Trout as an analogy for the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill. To emphasize the versatility and utility of the bill, Obama remarked that it was "like Mike Trout, for those of you who know baseball...somebody who's got a lot of tools."[164]

Trout is a season ticket holder of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.[165]

Trout proposed to longtime girlfriend Jessica Cox in July 2016.[166] The couple married on December 9, 2017.[167]

Endorsements

Trout has been a partner and investor in Bodyarmor SuperDrink, a sports drink, since 2012.[168] He has sponsorship agreements with Subway[169] and SuperPretzel[170] and in 2014, Nike began selling Mike Trout-branded shoes.[171][172]

See also

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The 2012 Major League Baseball season began on March 28 with the first of a two-game series between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. On November 22, 2011, a new contract between Major League Baseball and its players union was ratified, and as a result, an expanded playoff format adding two clubs will be adopted no later than 2013 according to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The new format was finalized for the 2012 season on March 2, 2012, and will use the 2–3 game schedule format for the Division Series for the 2012 season only. The restriction against divisional rivals playing against each other in the Division Series round that had existed in previous years was eliminated, as the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees squared off in one of the best-of-5 LDS series in the American League. The stateside portion of the regular season started April 4 in Miami with the opening of the new Marlins Park, as the newly renamed Miami Marlins hosted the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. The regular season ended on Wednesday, October 3. The entire master schedule was released on September 14, 2011.

The Major League Baseball postseason was expanded to include a second wild card team in each league beginning in the 2012 season. The season marked the last for the Houston Astros as a member of the National League. Following the sale to new owner Jim Crane, the Astros agreed to move to the American League effective in the 2013 season, and would be assigned to the American League West, joining their in-state rivals, the Texas Rangers.The Major League Baseball All-Star Game's 83rd edition was held on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, with the National League winning the All-Star Game for the third consecutive year in an 8–0 shutout of the American League. With the win, the National League champion earned home field advantage for the World Series, which began on October 24 and ended on October 28 when the San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers. The Civil Rights Game was held on August 18 at Turner Field, as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the host Atlanta Braves, 6–2.

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The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 85th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the home of the Minnesota Twins. This was the third All-Star Game played in the Twin Cities; Metropolitan Stadium hosted the game in 1965, while the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome hosted the game in 1985. It was televised in the United States on Fox as part of a new eight-year deal. In preparation for the game the Twin Cities' transit company, MetroTransit, completed the new METRO Green Line light-rail between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, and began service on June 14, 2014.

2015 Kids' Choice Sports

The 2nd Annual Kids' Choice Sports was held on July 16, 2015, at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. Super Bowl Champion quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks was the host of the show, which is meant to celebrate kids’ favorites in the sports world. The show aired on Nickelodeon from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. On its original air date, the award show was preceded by a brand new episode of SpongeBob SquarePants and followed by the premiere of Pig Goat Banana Cricket.

2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 86th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was played at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, July 14. It was televised nationally on Fox. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 6–3.

On January 21, 2013, then-Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Bud Selig, announced the 2015 All-Star Game would be hosted by the Cincinnati Reds. This was the first time the city of Cincinnati has hosted the All-Star Game since the 1988 All-Star Game was played at Riverfront Stadium.On July 15, 2014, Selig also announced that Pete Rose would not be prohibited from participating in the 2015 All-Star Game ceremonies. Rose was an All-Star for 13 of the 19 seasons he played on the Reds and was a member of the Big Red Machine. In 1991, Rose was permanently banned from MLB for baseball betting. Rose, wearing a red sport coat, appeared on the field in front of the pitcher's mound before the game and received a standing ovation alongside former teammates Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, and Joe Morgan.

On May 12, 2015, the Reds announced that Todd Frazier would serve as the 2015 All-Star Game spokesperson.Mike Trout, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels, was named the 2015 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.

2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Washington Nationals and was played at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018. It was televised nationally by Fox. The American League beat the National League 8–6, in 10 innings.

The host city was announced on April 6, 2015, by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred; it was the fifth All-Star Game in Washington, D.C., and the first since 1969, when the second Washington Senators hosted. It was also the first time that the Nationals had hosted the All-Star Game, and the first time that the Nationals franchise had hosted it since 1982, when the franchise played as the Montreal Expos.

The two leagues came into the game with identical 43–43–2 records and both had scored exactly 361 runs each in All-Star Game history. The game also broke a home run record, as ten home runs were hit in the game; the previous record being six. All but one run was scored by way of a home run. This is the second consecutive game the AL has won in the 10th inning.

The national rating for the game was 5.2, down from 6.5 in 2017.

2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Cleveland Indians and was played at Progressive Field on July 9, 2019, with the American League prevailing over the National League, 4–3.The decision to name Cleveland the host city was announced on January 27, 2017 by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. It was the sixth All-Star Game in Cleveland, and the first since 1997; this established the Indians as the team to have hosted the most All-Star Games, breaking a four-way tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds, who have each hosted the game five times. It was also the first time since 2014 that an American League team has hosted the event. That All-Star Game also coincided with the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field and made it the second All-Star Game hosted by that ballpark. Alex Cora of the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox managed the American League, and Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers managed the National League for the second consecutive year.

Baseball America Major League Player of the Year

The Baseball America Major League Player of the Year award is given each year by Baseball America to the best player—at any position—in Major League Baseball. (Baseball America does not have a Pitcher of the Year award.) The award was first presented in 1998.

Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY Award

The Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY Award, known alternatively as the Best Baseball Player ESPY Award, has been presented annually since 1993 to the Major League Baseball (MLB) player adjudged to be the best in a given calendar year, typically most significantly in the MLB season in progress during the holding of the ESPY Awards ceremony.

Between 1993 and 2004, the award voting panel comprised variously fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and retired sportspersons, but balloting thereafter has been exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee.

List of Silver Slugger Award winners at outfield

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball (MLB). These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value". Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats. The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet (91 cm) tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league and plated with sterling silver.As with the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, the prize is presented to outfielders irrespective of their specific position. This means that it is possible for three left fielders, or any other combination of outfielders, to win the award in the same year, rather than one left fielder, one center fielder, and one right fielder. It is also possible for outfield teammates to win the award in the same season, which has happened eight times since 1980.Among outfielders and among all Silver Slugger winners, Barry Bonds has won the most awards, winning twelve times between 1990 and 2004. All of his awards were won in the National League. Manny Ramirez leads the American League with eight wins. Ken Griffey, Jr., Vladimir Guerrero, and Tony Gwynn have each won seven Silver Sluggers in the outfield; Juan González, Kirby Puckett, Sammy Sosa and Mike Trout have won six times. Three players have won five times (Albert Belle, Ryan Braun and Dave Winfield), and four-time winners include Andre Dawson, Matt Holliday, Andrew McCutchen, Dale Murphy and Gary Sheffield. There have also been nine three-time outfield winners and 26 two-time awardees. The most recent winners are Nick Markakis, David Peralta, and Christian Yelich in the National League, and Mookie Betts, J. D. Martinez, and Mike Trout in the American League.

Gwynn posted the highest batting average in an outfielder's winning season, batting .394 in the 1994 season before it was truncated by the players' strike. Magglio Ordóñez' 2007 average is the best in the American League (.363). Bonds, the overall leader, holds three records: on-base percentage (.609 in 2004), slugging percentage (.863 in 2001) and home runs (73 in 2001). The American League leaders in those categories include Belle (.714 slugging percentage in 1994), Griffey (56 home runs in 1997 and 1998), and Trout (.460 on-base percentage in 2018). Ramírez also leads both leagues in runs batted in (RBI) during an outfielder's winning season, with 165 in 1999. Sosa is the National League leader (160 RBI in 2001).

List of highest paid Major League Baseball players

The highest-paid player in Major League Baseball (MLB) from the 2018 Major League Baseball season is Los Angeles Angels' Center Fielder Mike Trout with an annual salary of $34,000,000 on a 7 year contract for $426,500,000. MLB does not have a hard salary cap, instead employing a luxury tax which applies to teams whose total payroll exceeds certain set thresholds for a given season. Free agency did not exist in MLB prior to the end of the reserve clause in the 1970s, allowing owners before that time to wholly dictate the terms of player negotiations and resulting in significantly lower salaries. Babe Ruth, widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball players ever, earned an estimated $910,696 ($15,003,567 inflation-adjusted from 1931 dollars) over his entire playing career. When asked whether he thought he deserved to earn $80,000 a year ($1,199,841 inflation-adjusted), while the president, Herbert Hoover, had a $75,000 salary, Ruth famously remarked, "What the hell has Hoover got to do with it? Besides, I had a better year than he did."Alex Rodriguez has signed two record-breaking contracts over the course of his career. First, he signed a $252 million, 10-year contract with the Texas Rangers in December 2000 ($366,629,565 inflation-adjusted from 2000 dollars). Sandy Alderson called the deal "stupefying", while Sports Illustrated noted that Rodriguez's early salaries under the contract ($21 million) would be greater than the annual payroll of the entire Minnesota Twins team that year ($15.8 million). The deal was the largest sports contract in history, doubling the total value of Kevin Garnett's $126 million National Basketball Association contract (the previous record holder) and more than doubling Mike Hampton's $121 million contract, the previous MLB record which had been signed just days before. The Rangers later traded Rodriguez to the Yankees in exchange for Alfonso Soriano before the 2004 season, though they agreed to pay $67 million of the $179 million outstanding on the contract. Despite this, he opted out of the remainder of his deal after the 2007 season and renegotiated a new $275 million, 10-year agreement with the Yankees, breaking his own record for the largest sports contract. Under this deal, Rodriguez also receives $6 million each if and when he ties the career home run totals of Willie Mays (660), Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755), and Barry Bonds (762), along with another $6 million for breaking Bonds' mark.First base was the highest-paid position in 2010; regular starters at that position earned an average salary of $9,504,165 in compared to an overall average of $3,014,572. Pitcher Nolan Ryan was the first player to earn an annual salary above $1 million, signing a $4.5 million, 4-year contract with the Houston Astros in 1979. Kirby Puckett and Rickey Henderson signed the first contracts which paid an average of $3 million a year in November 1989, in 1990 Jose Canseco signed for 5 years and $23.5 million, making him the first player to earn an average of $4 million a year. It was until 2010 when the MLB average salary rose above that same mark. Five of the twenty highest-paid players in 2013 were members of the Yankees. Their team payroll for 2013 was $228,835,490, roughly $12 million above the second-largest Los Angeles Dodgers. The Yankees have drawn criticism for their payroll, with some claiming it undermines the parity of MLB.

Los Angeles Angels award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Los Angeles Angels professional baseball team.

Major League Baseball All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award is an annual Major League Baseball (MLB) award which is presented to the most outstanding player in each year's MLB All-Star Game. Awarded each season since 1962 (two games were held and an award was presented to each game winner in 1962), it was originally called the "Arch Ward Memorial Award" in honor of Arch Ward, the man who conceived of the All-Star Game in 1933. The award's name was changed to the "Commissioner's Trophy" in 1970 (two National League (NL) players were presented the award in 1975), but this name change was reversed in 1985 when the World Series Trophy was renamed the Commissioner's Trophy. Finally, the trophy was renamed the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award in 2002, in honor of former Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams, who had died earlier that year. No award was presented for the 2002 All-Star Game, which ended in a tie. Thus, the Anaheim Angels' Garret Anderson was the first recipient of the newly named Ted Williams Award in 2003. The All-Star Game Most Valuable Player also receives a Chevrolet vehicle, choosing between two cars.As of 2018, NL players have won the award 27 times (including one award shared by two players), and American League (AL) players have won 30 times. Baltimore Orioles players have won the most awards for a single franchise (with six); players from the Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are tied for the most in the NL with five each. Five players have won the award twice: Willie Mays (1963, 1968), Steve Garvey (1974, 1978), Gary Carter (1981, 1984), Cal Ripken, Jr. (1991, 2001), and Mike Trout (2014, 2015, becoming the only player to win the award in back-to-back years). The award has been shared by multiple players once; Bill Madlock and Jon Matlack shared the award in 1975. Two players have won the award for a game in which their league lost: Brooks Robinson in 1966 and Carl Yastrzemski in 1970. One pair of awardees were father and son (Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr.), and another were brothers (Roberto Alomar and Sandy Alomar, Jr.). Three players have won the MVP award at a game played in their home ballpark (Sandy Alomar, Jr. in 1997, Pedro Martínez in 1999, and Shane Bieber in 2019).

Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians is the most recent MLB All-Star Game MVP, winning the award in 2019. Only six players have won the MVP award in their only All-Star Game appearance; LaMarr Hoyt, Bo Jackson, J. D. Drew, Melky Cabrera, Eric Hosmer, and Bieber.

Major League Baseball Player of the Month Award

The Player of the Month Award is a Major League Baseball award named by each league every month of the regular season. The National League started recognizing the award on June 4, 1958. National League president Warren Giles conducted a poll of baseball writers in each Major League city and awarded the winner an engraved desk set. The American League did not follow suit until 1974. The National League created a separate award for pitchers starting in 1975 and the American League did likewise in 1979. Pitchers have not been eligible since then.

Major League Baseball Rookie of the Month Award

The Rookie of the Month award is a Major League Baseball award named by each league every month of the regular season.

Mookie Betts

Markus Lynn "Mookie" Betts (born October 7, 1992) is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. In 2018 he became the first player in Major League history to win the Most Valuable Player, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, batting title, and World Series in the same season.Betts was drafted by the Red Sox in 2011, and made his MLB debut in the 2014 season, splitting time between second base and the outfield. He became the Red Sox center fielder in 2014, before moving to right field in 2016. As a relatively short natural second baseman with a high contact rate and a high level of production when pulling the ball, Betts has been compared to fellow Red Sox player Dustin Pedroia.Betts is also a professional tenpin bowler for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). He bowled a perfect game in the World Series of Bowling.

Silver Slugger Award

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value". Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats. The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet (91 cm) tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league and plated with sterling silver.The prize is presented to outfielders irrespective of their specific position. This means that it is possible for three left fielders, or any other combination of outfielders, to win the award in the same year, rather than one left fielder, one center fielder, and one right fielder. In addition, only National League pitchers receive a Silver Slugger Award; lineups in the American League include a designated hitter in place of the pitcher in the batting order, so the designated hitter receives the award instead.Home run record-holder Barry Bonds won twelve Silver Slugger Awards in his career as an outfielder, the most of any player. He also won the award in five consecutive seasons twice in his career: from 1990 to 1994, and again from 2000 to 2004. Retired former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza and former New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez are tied for second, with ten wins each. Rodriguez' awards are split between two positions; he won seven Silver Sluggers as a shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, and three with the Yankees as a third baseman. Wade Boggs leads third basemen with eight Silver Slugger Awards; Barry Larkin leads shortstops with nine. Other leaders include Ryne Sandberg (seven wins as a second baseman) and Mike Hampton (five wins as a pitcher). Todd Helton and Albert Pujols are tied for the most wins among first baseman with four, although Pujols has won two awards at other positions. David Ortiz has won seven awards at designated hitter position, the most at that position.

Steve Trout

Steven Russell Trout (born July 30, 1957, in Detroit, Michigan) is a former major league baseball pitcher who played during the 1980s.

He is the son of former major league pitcher Dizzy Trout (but no relation to Mike Trout). He had the nickname "Rainbow".

Wins Above Replacement

Wins Above Replacement or Wins Above Replacement Player, commonly abbreviated to WAR or WARP, is a non-standardized sabermetric baseball statistic developed to sum up "a player's total contributions to his team". A player's WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player: a player who may be added to the team for minimal cost and effort.Individual WAR values are calculated from the number and success rate of on-field actions by a player (in batting, baserunning, fielding, and pitching), with higher values reflecting larger contributions to a team's success. WAR value also depends on what position a player plays, with more value going to weaker hitting positions like catcher than positions with strong hitting such as first base. A high WAR value built up by a player reflects successful performance, a large quantity of playing time, or both.

For example, Fangraphs rates Clayton Kershaw's 2014 regular season performance at 7.2 WAR, suggesting his team won roughly seven more games than would be expected if his innings had been pitched by a replacement level player. Kershaw achieved this high WAR total by pitching many innings while maintaining a high rate of strikeouts and low rates of home runs and walks.

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