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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Could Mike Trout and Bryce Harper become baseball’s all-time greatest superstar duo?

We’ve noted that Trout is on a best-ever kind of pace. What, then, does it mean if Harper emerges as an equal? What if we don’t just have Superman, but Batman too?

Would that mean we are seeing the best tandem of hitters we’ve ever seen in the game at the same time?

Using Bad Math to Get The Result You Want 101:

For Trout and Harper in 2017, I prorated the numbers for the full season. Then I made one fantastical leap: I assumed Harper’s 2016 numbers were an injury-caused fluke and gave him the average between this year’s pace and his 2015 MVP season. Yes, health is a skill, but if Harper keeps doing what he’s doing, it won’t be hard to argue that last season was an outlier.

Because if you use actual results for 2015-17, the 2nd best hitter in MLB (by wRC+) is…Joey Votto.

TDF, situational idiot Posted: July 18, 2017 at 12:13 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, mike trout, stars

Thursday, July 13, 2017

If Mike Trout played the rest of his career in Korea - an OOTP experiment

I used OOTP, a highly realistic baseball simulation game, to get the answers I wanted. I placed Mike Trout on Korea’s KT Wiz, the team playing in the biggest hitters’ park in the league. To ensure Trout didn’t get homesick before I was through with him, I deleted the MLB and all its players and prospects. The only baseball league in the world is the Korean Baseball Organization, and its superstar is Mike Trout. At only age 24 going into the first season, can the Millville Meteor become the greatest baseball player South Korea has ever seen over the rest of his career?

PreservedFish Posted: July 13, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, out of the park baseball

Monday, July 10, 2017

How are the Angels succeeding without Mike Trout?

Quite a few players excelled in Trout’s absence. After struggling up until Trout’s injury, Kole Calhoun has hit .292/.356/.456 with 7 HR. To have some fun with arbitrary endpoints, he had a great month of June, hitting .324/.388/.505. Yunel Escobar came off a hamstring injury on June 1st and started firing on all cylinders, hitting .319/.388/.440. Andrelton Simmons — who is in the midst of his best offensive season and is already worth 4 bWAR — is getting in on the action, too. He has hit .304/.349/.500 with 5 HR in Trout’s absence. He has only hit 8 HR in the past two seasons combined!

Even utility infielder Chad Pennington is performing better since Trout got injured. The last two seasons he has been a nightmare at the plate, hitting .209/.283/.293 for a 57 wRC+. His .250/.304/.365 line is not good either, but that 83 wRC+ is a big improvement for him. Sadly and ironically, that is better than Albert Pujols has performed in that same time frame.

Even though some players enjoyed increased production at the plate, it was not enough to overcome the Angels’ poor overall offense. They have the fifth-worst offense since Trout’s injury and the sixth-fewest runs scored. The starting rotation has been better, but not by much. They have a 4.95 RA9 since Trout’s injury. So how exactly have the Angels managed to stay afloat without Mike Trout?

HOW CAN HE BE MVP IF HIS TEAM WINS WITHOUT HIM? I’ll hang up and listen off the air.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 10, 2017 at 03:39 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Angels’ Mike Trout reports no pain after first rehab game with Inland Empire | OC Register

Trout batted third and served as the designated hitter. He grounded out weakly to second in his first at-bat on a 3-and-1 pitch. On the seventh pitch of his second at-bat, he struck out swinging. In his third at-bat, he hit a routine fly ball to center field on a 1-and-1 pitch.

It was Trout’s first game action since tearing a ligament in his left thumb sliding into second base May 28 in Miami.

“I feel great,” he said.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 06, 2017 at 05:30 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, rehab

Friday, June 23, 2017

Trout got extension but longer deal was broached

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was that rare young positional superstar who took a long-term deal with his team, and sources say the idea of a “lifetime” 14- or 15-year deal was even mentioned in talks with the Angels before he and the team settled for a straight six years that brings him to free agency at barely 29….

After Trout’s suggestion of a possible lifetime deal wasn’t immediately accepted by the Angels (word is, he preferred shorter if not very long), the sides wound up compromising on six years when he started at a deal of four or five years and they wanted something along the lines of seven, eight or most preferably nine. Again, the main issue there is wanting to be a free agent in his 20s, and he easily accomplished that with the six. Anyway, this was an exception to the trend, and that extends to the next level of great player.

George Springer was approached a couple years ago, and didn’t take the deal. And the Cubs tried multiyear deals with Willson Contreras and some other young players, and like Bryant, all of them are going year to year. It may work out for all of the stars around baseball going year to year, but one management person warns, “At least one of them will wind up regretting not taking the deal, and he’ll be stuck.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 04:24 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, george springer, kris bryant, mike trout

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

World Fame 100 Top Ranking Athletes

The Top 100 Most Famous Athletes in the World - before you read the list, take a guess and comment on where you think the first baseball player is ranked.

Cokes to the winner ..


Angels star Mike Trout to miss at least one month after tearing a ligament in left thumb

(Angel GM) Eppler said surgery would not sideline Trout for the rest of the season, but it would knock him out for five to eight weeks and would torpedo the team’s already slim hopes of making the playoffs.

Trout, who has twice been selected the American League’s most valuable player and finished second in MVP voting in his other three years, was having his best season, batting .337 with an AL-leading .461 on-base percentage, .742 slugging percentage and 1.203 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. He ranks second in the league with 16 home runs and has 36 RBIs.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mike Trout sprains thumb in Angels’ loss to Marlins

Trout sprained his left thumb on a head-first slide during the Angels’ 9-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon, the disappointing end to a trip in which they lost six of 10 games.

Initial X-rays revealed that Trout doesn’t have a fracture, but an MRI on Monday will show the extent of soft tissue damage. At this point, he may miss only a day or two, or he may be placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Angels’ Mike Trout continues his remarkable start to the season with another home run

With 15 home runs and a league-high 1.218 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, Trout has exceeded even his own outlandish norms. Little about his game, though, seems to be demonstrably different than in years past. The most pronounced difference is his first-pitch swing percentage.

The rate has increased in recent years, but it’s taken another jump in 2017, from 12.2% for his career to 17.2% last year to 24.3% entering Tuesday’s game.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 24, 2017 at 06:01 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, the rapture

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mike Trout: Baseball’s Best, Without the Brand - The New York Times

“What he does on a daily basis, it’s just awesome to watch and be a part of,” Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker said. “There’s always something brand-new he’s done in baseball that no one’s ever done.”

Trout is LeBron James in spikes, Tom Brady out of shoulder pads, minus their championship rings. Also missing is something that barely matters to Trout but is so important to other athletes in his echelon: a brand.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Thursday, May 18, 2017

How Mike Trout Is Hitting Better Than Ever – The Ringer

Trout has achieved his historic consistency through a remarkable ability to evolve. Throw him high fastballs designed to elude his low-ball swing, and he’ll eventually become one of the best hitters against that pitch. Tell him his arm is weak, and he’ll work on throwing until his arm is no longer a liability. Point out that he’s stopped stealing bases, and after combining for 27 in two years, he’ll swipe 30 in a single season. We’ve seen Trout stand out as an all-around stud capable of combining best-in-class baserunning and defense and back-to-back top-five finishes in the batting-title race. We’ve seen him excel as more of a strikeout-prone, home-run-happy slugger who once finished tied for fourth in baseball in dingers. We’ve seen him lead the majors in walks. However he’s gotten there, Trout has always ended up about 70 percent better than a league-average hitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:54 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Friday, April 14, 2017

A young fan got to play catch with Mike Trout and you didn’t | MLB.com

OK, it’s now a thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2017 at 07:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fangraphs: Let’s Watch Felix Hernandez and Mike Trout Face Off Forever

This is where it stopped being about Mariners vs. Angels, and started being about two elite baseball players showing off. Trout was having some sort of exchange with Zunino, Zunino presumably telling him, “hey, quit it.” It’s funny. It’s funny to be amazing.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 12, 2017 at 02:27 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mike trout

Saturday, April 08, 2017

MLB teams missed boat on Mike Trout in Draft | MLB.com

New Jersey ballplayers discriminated against. When and where is the rally?

“If there had been even one great prospect to come out of New Jersey in a while, it would probably have been different,” Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said. “But there really hadn’t been. One thing we look for as scouts, like it or not, are patterns. I can assure you that after Mike Trout, there won’t be another New Jersey prospect who gets missed like that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 07:35 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, draft, mike trout

Thursday, April 06, 2017

For every Mike Trout in the draft, there are hundreds of swings and misses by the scouts - LA Times

Mission accomplished.

“People doubted me,” he said this spring. “A lot of teams passed on me. I always told myself to try to prove everybody wrong.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2017 at 11:40 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, draft, mike trout

Saturday, April 01, 2017

The Best Player in Baseball Doesn’t Want to Be a Superstar

The first remarkable thing about Trout is how big he is. At listed dimensions of 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, Trout isn’t as bulky as The Mighty Giancarlo Stanton. He’s not incredibly tall for a ballplayer, either, and he doesn’t have quivering Disney bad-guy muscles popping out from under his uniform. Trout just looks big, the way a truck or an office building is big. Despite that, he’s unbelievably light on his feet — fast, but not bouncy, leaning forward as he chops down the baseline like a steampunk helicopter.

Unlike his contemporaries within baseball, like Bryce Harper, or in other sports, like Messi or James, Trout was relatively unknown as a youngster. The son of a minor league ballplayer, Trout grew up in the Philadelphia exurb of Millville, New Jersey, a part of the country not known as a prep baseball hotbed. South Jersey produces its fair share of talented ballplayers, but most of them are from shore towns, like 2016 Red Sox first-rounder Jason Groome, or were college products, like Trout’s Angels teammate Andrew Bailey and A’s reliever Sean Doolittle, or, in the case of White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier and longtime big league pitcher turned Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto, both.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 01, 2017 at 01:05 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mike Trout proposes umpire change

It was during one of those chats with a veteran umpire earlier this spring that Trout offered a thought: As the experienced umpires work their way back into game shape in spring training, just as the players do, why not have them work five or six innings and turn over the last innings to umpires who would normally work minor league games on back fields?

The idea is simple, but has a lot of helpful layers, beyond allowing an older plate umpire a little more time to work into condition in spring to see 350 or so pitches in a given game. It is extraordinarily difficult for young umpires to advance in the industry because there is little annual turnover among umpires in the big leagues. For a young umpire slated for Class A or AA to get a few innings in a major league exhibition—with the packed ballpark and major league players—would be something of a reward, as it is for the minor league players.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2017 at 01:00 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, umpires

 

 

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