Mike Trout Newsbeat
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Considering that Trout signed a six-year, $144.5 million contract extension back in 2014 – an agreement that runs through 2020 – this is just an interesting, but hypothetical, thought experiment, right?
Not necessarily. A relatively obscure provision under California law — specifically, Section 2855 of the California Labor Code — limits all personal services contracts (i.e., employment contracts) in the state to a maximum length of seven years. In other words, this means that if an individual were to sign an employment contract in California lasting eight or more years, then at the conclusion of the seventh year the employee would be free to choose to either continue to honor the agreement, or else opt out and seek employment elsewhere.
Although the California legislature has previously considered eliminating this protection for certain professional athletes – including Major League Baseball players – no such amendment has passed to date. Consequently, Section 2855 would presumptively apply to any player employed by one of the five major-league teams residing in California.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
... absolutely nothing. But, hey, a fandom can dream… and it was a very cool moment.
Okay. Calm down. Trout was, again, at the Eagles game on Sunday (they beat the Cowboys … yay). And Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass to Zach Ertz to give the Birds the lead. And then, after throwing that pass, Wentz handed the ball to … oh boy … yup … to Mike Trout.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Pick a team, any high-profile team — the Nationals, the Red Sox, the Giants, the Cardinals, the Cubs. It’s fun to think about Trout with any of those clubs — unless, of course, you are an Angels fan who relishes watching him every day.
Yet, as long as Trout stays in Anaheim, he will not be fully appreciated by the general public as the modern Mantle. He will not even be as famous as a certain Mickey in his county, the one who resides at Disneyland, last name Mouse.
Trout’s contract includes full no-trade protection; if the Angels ever did want to trade him, he effectively could choose his next spot. But again, the Angels do not seem inclined to even consider the possibility, and Trout has not asked out.
So, Mozart plays on, in relative silence.
The voters should be congratulated for their diligence, hard work and perceptive thinking in selecting the m.v.p.s and compiling their ballots. I suppose it’s the modern way of performing this onerous chore. Why think when you can just copy names from a list already computed elsewhere?
Why not change the name of the award from m.v.p. to W.A.R. Lord?
The point is there is more to a player’s value to his team than simple statistics. Certainly statistics play a large role in a player’s value to his team, but so do other factors, not all of which can be measured with numbers.
As good as Trout might have been, the Angels could have finished last without him. Could the Red Sox have won the A.L. East title without Betts or Ortiz? Could the Astros have contended without Altuve, the Blue Jays without Donaldson, the Orioles without Manny Machado?
Did any of them contribute more than the others in ways that were not quantifiable? I don’t know; I lost too much of the season to make a judgment. But did the voters, who presumably watched closely all season, consider other factor, or did they decide to take the easy way out and not go to war with W.A.R.?
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Monday, November 07, 2016
The argument, made by several chroniclers of the game, is that there was no standout performance by a starting pitcher in the AL this year, opening the door for a standout reliever to claim the prize. The voters are literally saying “since we can’t pick between the two best pitchers in the league, we’ll give it to a third pitcher who wasn’t as good.”
In what universe does it make sense to penalize a pitcher for being the best, but only the best by a little bit? Michael Phelps gets the gold whether he wins by .10 seconds or .01 seconds.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Altuve may himself be on his way to Cooperstown, as through his age 26 season, he has 1,046 hits, a career line of .311/.354/.437 and 199 stolen bases. The only second basemen with more hits at such a young age were Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Bobby Doerr and Mazeroski. This award is not about Altuve’s career path, though. It’s about this season, and this season, he was spectacular.
Voting by MLB players
1. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros-84
2. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox-64
3. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox-41
4. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs-36
5. Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals-26
6. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels-22
7. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies-20
8. Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles-14
9. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers-5
10. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers-4
Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins-4
11. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles-2
Saturday, October 08, 2016
The question I have is could Trout walk through Times Square on a sunny Tuesday afternoon without sunglasses and go unrecognized?
Posted: October 08, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 57 comment(s)
Monday, October 03, 2016
Sunday, October 02, 2016
“Personally, until (Mike) Trout came into the league, I thought every year that I would be in the conversation for best player in the game and he f——-d that up for everybody,” Votto said. “Babe Ruth and Ted Williams included. He’s ruining it for everyone.”
Friday, September 30, 2016
Williams. Musial. Pujols. It looks like Trout is about to join some very exclusive company.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
It’s going to happen. I can feel it’s going to happen. And while I understand why it’s going to happen, we need to stop inventing reasons to elect someone other than Trout, the Angels’ brilliant center fielder. We are making ourselves look dumb.
Trout, 25, has been the best player in baseball for five seasons now, yet he has won only one MVP, finishing second three times. The reason to rob him this year — there’s always a reason, some new narrative — is that the Angels stink. As if that is Trout’s fault.
I confess — I prefer my MVPs to come from contending teams, believing that they perform under greater pressure than players from non-contenders. But Trout this season is far above the other candidates, several of whom are stumbling in September. How can the voters justify snubbing him again?
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
Mike Trout is a few “Mike Trout” games away from notching his second 10-WAR season. Combined, the rest of major league baseball has zero.
Trout’s career has essentially been one long milestone to this point, so marking another 10-WAR season probably doesn’t warrant a plaque in his personal trophy room (though there’s plenty of room where his multiple MVPs should be).
Sunday, September 04, 2016
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Trout was uninjured while trying to avoid an accident on the freeway.
Two questions: is he Bruce Willis from “Unbreakable”? And what in the world was he doing in Tustin?
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Barring a significant slide over the last quarter of the schedule, Trout is going to join an exclusive club with this metronomic stat line. Since the dawn of the 20th century, only nine others have strung together at least five consecutive qualifying seasons with an OPS+ of 160 or better. Here is the impressive list in reverse chronological order.
Barry Bonds 1990-98, 2000-04
Frank Thomas 1991-97
Stan Musial 1948-54
Johnny Mize 1936-40
Lou Gehrig 1927-37
Babe Ruth 1918-24, ‘26-‘34
Rogers Hornsby 1920-25
Ty Cobb 1907-19
Honus Wagner 1902-09
(Ted Williams likely would be on this list if not for his military service. He topped the 160 mark while qualifying for the batting title in each of his first eight seasons, which were interrupted by three seasons lost to World War II. It’s also possible that others are in the same boat, including Charlie Keller, who hit the mark from 1941-43 and again in ‘45 after a year away).
Not only would Trout be just the third player in the past 70 years to accomplish this feat, but he also is doing it while playing a premium defensive position—and in his age 20-24 seasons (he turned 25 on Aug. 7). Only Cobb, more than a century ago, has had five qualifying 160 OPS+ seasons at such a young age. Only Cobb and Williams can top Trout’s career OPS+ of 169 up to this point (minimum 2,000 plate appearances). And of course, Trout is more than just a good hitter, as he is closing in on Cobb’s record of 46.7 wins above replacement by the end of the age-24 season.
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