Mike Trout
American baseball player
Mike Trout
Michael "Mike" Nelson Trout is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball. He debuted with the Angels in 2011. Trout was named the second-best overall baseball prospect by Baseball America in July 2010. Prior to the 2011 season, Trout was ranked #1 by ESPN's Keith Law in his 2011 top 100 prospects list.
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Mike Trout posts work out clip... reminds us all he's better than us
Fox News - 12 days
Man, that guy is strong!
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Album: New Jersey Baseball Prospects Take the Game Indoors
NYTimes - 17 days
Despite the weather, winter is prime baseball season in New Jersey, where professionals like Mike Trout train with younger players.
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Grizzly Attacks School of Salmon. Dozens Dead.
Huffington Post - 19 days
Cheyenne, WY. In a scene right out of a horror movie, a grizzly bear burst into a school of young salmon and ate them all. The scale of the destruction is unprecedented for this small Wyoming town. The salmons’ parents are understandably furious with the school’s head master, claiming he knew something fishy was going on and still did nothing. He’s being accused of trying to play all the anglers. However, the parents say the reel cause of the attack is due to the lack of guns in salmon schools. “As a community of salmon, we are a grizzly’s arch enemy. How else can we be expected to defend ourselves from these natural predators if we’re not permitted to carry guns? said one father, or mother. It’s hard to tell the sex of a salmon. “Since the beginning of time, grizzlies have gobbled us up and there’s been nothing we could do about it. They’re so big and strong and we’re just tasty and delicious. It’s like living in a fish bowl”, said another parent. A relative of a cajun-flavored ...
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Julian Edelman Had One Of The Most Mind-Bending Catches In Super Bowl History
Huffington Post - 21 days
The New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman pulled off one of the most remarkable catches in Super Bowl history on Sunday when he bobbled a 23-yard pass multiple times with three defenders around him before securing the ball. OH MY GOD, JULIAN EDELMAN! #SB51 #Patriots https://t.co/YtvHwsaCbT — NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2017 The play came with just 2:22 left in the fourth quarter and the Patriots down 20-28. Later on the same drive, the team scored a touchdown and completed a two-point conversion, pushing the game to overtime, where they won on a game-winning drive.  But seriously, come on. This catch was freaking nuts.  It's the #Patriots' turn for a miracle catch. Julian Edelman. Unreal. #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/35HJ9T8A09 — Matthew Schwerha (@MSchwerha) February 6, 2017 It's the #Patriots' turn for a miracle catch. Julian Edelman. Unreal. #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/35HJ9T8A09 — Matthew Schwerha (@MSchwerha) February 6, 2017 ...
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Eagles TE gives football to Mike Trout after touchdown
Fox News - about 2 months
The Angels star is an Eagles season-ticket holder.
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Comparing Mike Trout with Mickey Mantle
LATimes - 3 months
Mickey Mantle won his first Most Valuable Player award after his sixth major league season. On Thursday, Mike Trout won his second award after his sixth season. It is a rare instance of far-fetched predictions proving true. In the summer of 2010, when Trout was an 18-year-old dominating Class-A...
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Mike Trout Voted American League M.V.P.; Kris Bryant Wins in National League
NYTimes - 3 months
Trout won despite his Los Angeles Angels finishing 74-88 this season, and Bryant was a member of the championship-winning Chicago Cubs.
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Dodgers' Corey Seager, Angels' Mike Trout among Silver Slugger Award winners
LATimes - 4 months
Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager and Angels center fielder Mike Trout were among the 18 players who were chosen for the Silver Slugger Awards, it was announced Thursday by Major League Baseball. The Silver Slugger is an annual award, sponsored by Louisville Slugger, given to the top hitters...
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Angels end season that went sour from the start
LATimes - 5 months
Twenty minutes after midday Sunday at Angel Stadium, his shoulder still throbbing from a 4-day-old fastball, Mike Trout approached the plate and tapped his bat barrel on the home-plate umpire’s left leg, as he does before every game’s first at-bat. For Sunday’s season finale, the retiring Bob Davidson...
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Mike Trout puts final touches on MVP-caliber season in 8-1 win
LATimes - 5 months
Mike Trout stole his 30th base and drove in his 100th run, and the Los Angeles Angels completed their worst season of the 21st century with an 8-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.  Jhoulys Chacin pitched seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball for the Angels (74-88), who won nine of...
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Mike Trout puts final touches on MVP-caliber season in 8-1 win
LATimes - 5 months
Mike Trout stole his 30th base and drove in his 100th run, and the Los Angeles Angels completed their worst season of the 21st century with an 8-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.  Jhoulys Chacin pitched seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball for the Angels (74-88), who won nine of...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Trout
  • 2016
    In June 2016, Sporting News named Trout "baseball's best player" for the season.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Notes: Through 2015 season. Per Baseball-Reference.com. Trout's combination of power and speed has drawn comparisons to Hall of Fame center fielder Mickey Mantle. Trout has hit at least 27 home runs and 35 other extra base hits per season between 2012 and 2015, while also maintaining a high batting average and walk rate. He is particularly able to hit pitches that are low in the strike zone. Trout's speed has allowed him to be an above average defender in center field (according to ultimate zone rating) and he is also a proficient baserunner, stealing 113 bases between 2012 and 2015 at a success rate of 84 percent.
  • 2015
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. On September 22, Trout hit his 40th home run, becoming only the second Angels player to hit 40 home runs in a season. Trout led the AL in WAR for the fourth straight year. Trout finished the season with 41 homers 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 would go on to win 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. He also won the Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY Award.
    On April 17, 2015, Trout became the youngest player in MLB history to reach 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2014
    In February 2014, President Barack Obama used Trout as an analogy for the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill.
    More Details Hide Details 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." "Who is Mike Trout?" was an answer on a February 2013 episode of the quiz show Jeopardy! during the show's teen tournament. In September 2012, Trout became a partner and investor in Bodyarmor SuperDrink, a sports drink. Trout signed a sponsorship agreement with Subway in early 2013, first appearing in a commercial during Super Bowl XLVII. Trout is also a sponsor for SuperPretzel. In 2014, Mike Trout made history when he became the first Major League Baseball player since Ken Griffey Jr. to have his own signature pair of Nike shoes.
    On November 13, 2014, Major League Baseball 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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    In Game 3 of the 2014 American League Division Series against the Kansas City Royals, Trout hit his first career postseason home run but later in the ninth inning, he 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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    On June 27, Trout hit the longest home run of the 2014 season, according to ESPN.com's Home Run Tracker.
    More Details Hide Details The ball was hit 489 feet into left-center field at Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On May 15, Trout hit his first career walk-off home run in a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. 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.
    On March 28, 2014, the Angels announced they had signed Trout to a 6-year, $144.5 million extension.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, he signed a one-year, $1 million contract. That figure is the highest ever for a player not yet eligible for salary arbitration.
  • 2013
    According to Baseball-Reference, Trout finished the 2013 season with 9.2 WAR, again the highest in baseball.
    More Details Hide Details Notably, Trout's walk rate increased from 10.5% in 2012 to 15.4% in 2013. Trout's 110 bases on balls led the American League. Echoing the 2012 season, Miguel Cabrera won the 2013 AL MVP with twenty-three first-place votes, while Trout finished second with five.
    Trout represented the Angels in the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details 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. In the month of July, Trout led all of baseball with an on-base percentage of .475 and OPS of 1.108. 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. Trout continued his strong play in August, batting .337 with 6 home runs and an on-base percentage of .500. As in 2012, Trout's play declined somewhat in September, as he batted .281 with 4 home runs and 4 stolen bases.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Scioscia, however, believed that Trout's numbers as a center fielder had to do with his batting-order position and hype subsiding. 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. 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.
    Trout started the 2013 season slowly, hitting .261 with 2 home runs and 16 RBIs in April.
    More Details Hide Details 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. On April 30, Bourjos injured his hamstring, and Trout was moved back to center field. In May, Trout regained his rookie-year form, batting .327 with 8 home runs, 21 RBIs, and 27 runs scored. 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.
    Trout began the 2013 season as a left fielder, in order to accommodate for Peter Bourjos in center field.
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  • 2012
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Trout became just the 18th Rookie of the Year winner to win the award unanimously. 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." 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. He also won a Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding center fielder in MLB. Trout's high WAR value led many to support his candidacy for American League Most Valuable Player. 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. 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. 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."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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. 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. Trout became the first player in MLB history to hit 30 home runs, steal 45 bases and score 125 runs in one season. 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. 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). He became the first Angels player to lead the league in stolen bases since Chone Figgins did so in 2005 with 49 stolen bases.
    Trout began the 2012 season with the Salt Lake Bees of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Trout recorded his first career four-hit game on June 4, and 15 days later Trout had his second career four-hit game. 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. On June 27 against the Baltimore Orioles, Trout had his third career 4-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.
  • 2011
    He was again named an outfielder on Baseball Americas 2011 Minor League All Star team.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was named Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .326/.414/.544 with 11 home runs, 38 RBIs, 82 runs scored and 33 stolen bases in 91 games.
    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.
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    After spending time back in Double-A Arkansas, Trout was recalled by the Angels on August 19, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details That night, he went 1-for-4 with a home run, his first at Angel Stadium. 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.
    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.
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    The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim promoted Trout on July 8, 2011, to replace the injured Peter Bourjos in center field.
    More Details Hide Details He made his major league debut that night, going 0-for-3. 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. He hit his first major league home run against Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mark Worrell on July 24.
    Trout started the 2011 season with the Arkansas Travelers of the Class AA Texas League.
    More Details Hide Details He hit .324 with nine home runs, 27 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in his first 75 games.
    Prior to the 2011 season, Trout was ranked number one by ESPN's Keith Law in his 2011 top 100 prospects list and by MLB's Jonathan Mayo.
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  • 2010
    After the 2010 season, Trout was named 2010 J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps Minor League Player of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details At just 19 years and two months, he was the youngest player to win this award. He was also named a Baseball America All-Star as well as a Topps Class A All-Star.
    Before the 2010 season, Trout was considered the Angels' third-best prospect and the 85th-best in all of baseball by Baseball America.
    More Details Hide Details 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. In July, Baseball America named Trout the second-best overall baseball prospect. After the Futures game, he was promoted to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the Class A-Advanced California League.
  • 2009
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was beaten out in being named AZL Most Valuable Player by Cody Decker. 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.
    Trout was drafted by the Angels, using their compensation pick from the New York Yankees for their signing of Mark Teixeira, 25th overall in the 2009 MLB draft.
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    Trout had committed to play baseball at East Carolina University prior to the 2009 MLB Draft.
    More Details Hide Details Millville initially planned to retire Trout's jersey number, but instead began awarding it to the team captain, starting in 2012. 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.
    Trout was a first-round pick by the Angels in the 2009 MLB draft, and made a brief major league appearance in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He became a regular player for the Angels the subsequent season, and unanimously won the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Award. Trout finished second in AL MVP voting in 2012, 2013 and 2015. In addition to being named Most Valuable Player in 2014, he won the 2014 AL Hank Aaron Award. Trout is under contract with the Angels until the end of the 2020 season. Trout's MLB performances have received praise from both the mainstream media and sabermetricians, and 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. Trout has led the major leagues in wins above replacement (WAR) during his first three full seasons in MLB (according to Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference.com) and was second to Bryce Harper in his fourth.
  • 2007
    Trout played in various tournaments with Tri-State Arsenal, including the Perfect Game WWBA Championships in Jupiter, Florida in 2007 and 2008.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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.
  • 1991
    Born on August 7, 1991.
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