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Friday, August 23, 2019

Is Mike Trout really better than Derek Jeter?

Fools. WAR is famously context neutral but context matters. Any fan of baseball from 1995-2014 (the best era for watching baseball) should know who the Captain is. To see who wins the Jeter-Trout debate, let’s go to the tale of the tape….

Did Mike Trout break Byung-Hyun Kim’s spirit on a chilly autumn night to earn the iconic Mr. November title?

Did Trout partner with a 12-year-old boy, psychically guiding young Jeffrey Maier to stick his glove in the perfect position to stop Tony Tarasco from catching his game-tying home run? Maier was a kid; Jeter and Rich Garcia let the kid play. That’s MLB’s new marketing mantra, and commissioner Rob Manfred has complained about Trout not participating in baseball’s ad campaigns. Advantage, Captain.

Trout has 282 home runs through age 27, and Jeter has 260 for his entire career. But Jeter’s got at least two home runs printed on an overpriced championship VHS.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2019 at 06:06 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mike Trout hits career-high 42nd home run

With a two-run home run in the first inning of the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Rangers, Angels outfielder both tied Cody Bellinger for the major league lead in home runs and set a new single-season career-high at 42. Trout’s blast opened the scoring, staking the Halos to an early lead.

Trout is batting .300/.445/.669 on the year. The dinger leaves him two RBI shy of 100 for the year, and he’s already at 101 runs scored. MLB can already inscribe Trout’s name on the 2019 AL MVP Award. Per FanGraphs, he has 8.5 WAR, which is almost a full 3.0 WAR more than his next closest competitor, Xander Bogaerts (5.6). The difference between Trout and Bogaerts at No. 2 is about the difference between Bogaerts and Jonathan Villar (2.8) at No. 25.

A reminder that the great players are also benefiting from the home run derby environment in the sport currently.

 

QLE Posted: August 21, 2019 at 03:46 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, mike trout

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Mike Trout: The brilliant $426.5m MLB star most Americans don’t know

A British take on Trout, including an interview with Jay Jaffe.  In which it is revealed that Trout’s favorite team as a child was the Yankees, proving that he isn’t perfect after all.

Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: July 10, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, marketing, mike trout

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Daily Mike Trout report: First error since 2017 costly in 4-3 loss to Texas

Jumping ahead to the relevant section:

Friday: Went 1 for 4 — his 12th double of the season — with a walk in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers in the opener of a three-game series at home. He batted second and, playing center field, made his first error since 2017. A hard-hit liner bounced off him and allowed two runs to score in the seventh inning. Trout had gone 296 games since his last error.

I’d argue he’s made an error more recently than that- but whoever’s left here that’s an Angels fan probably wouldn’t agree with that sentiment….

QLE Posted: May 26, 2019 at 10:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: errors, mike trout

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Angels’ Mike Trout goes deep after young fan requests a homer

On a rainy Friday night in Baltimore, the Orioles and Angels opened a three-game series at Camden Yards. The Halos hammered Dan Straily (LAA 8, BAL 3) and won for the seventh time in their last 10 games.

If the Angels scored eight runs, there’s a pretty good chance Mike Trout had something to do with it, and sure enough he clocked a two-run home run in the third inning Friday night. He also doubled in a run in the fifth. Here’s the home run, which was very nearly robbed by O’s center fielder Stevie Wilkerson

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Trout’s home run Friday was not an ordinary home run. It was a request home run. As David Ginsburg of the Associated Press writes, Trout met a young fan before the game who requested he go deep.

Feels like the sort of thing that would have made a legend decades ago, doesn’t it?

QLE Posted: May 11, 2019 at 04:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, mike trout

Friday, April 26, 2019

Meet the Angels infielder who has surprisingly out-homered Mike Trout

The 2019 season has provided plenty of surprises so far. None of them bigger than the unexpected power surge that’s taking place on the Los Angeles Angels infield.

Nearly one month into the season, it’s not Mike Trout who sits atop the Angels home run leaderboard. With his two-run home run during Thursday’s game against the New York Yankees, that distinction belongs to Tommy La Stella.

Yes, that Tommy La Stella.

Mind you, when your record is essentially the same as the Orioles, does that really mean anything?

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2019 at 04:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, home runs, mike trout, tommy la stella

Thursday, April 11, 2019

MLB roundup: Angels stay hot even without Trout

Mike Trout got the day off to recover from a strained right groin, and the Los Angeles Angels made the most of their five hits in a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night at Anaheim, Calif., completing a three-game sweep.

It also was the Angels’ sixth win in a row, putting Los Angeles (7-6) above .500 for the first time this season.

Three of the Angels’ hits came in the third inning, when they scored all four of their runs. The big blow was Justin Bour’s two-run single that snapped a 1-1 tie. Brian Goodwin started in center field in place of Trout, who is day-to-day, and made a Trout-like catch, robbing Yasmani Grandal of a potential home run in the second inning.

Angels starter Felix Pena gave up only an unearned run on three hits and two walks, but he lasted only four innings and didn’t qualify for the win after throwing 72 pitches. The victory went to Jaime Barria, called up from Triple-A Salt Lake earlier in the day. Barria (1-0) gave up one run over 2 2/3 innings, and Hansel Robles pitched the ninth for his first save.

Time for the guy who makes the first post in all the OmniChatters to change his message….

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, groin, mike trout

Monday, April 01, 2019

‘King Felix’ opens his season vs. longtime nemesis

Mike Trout and Felix Hernandez have had some epic matchups over the years.

Perhaps the best example came two years ago, when Trout had a 14-pitch at-bat against King Felix before fanning on a called third strike. There’s even a pitch-by-pitch video sequence of that showdown on FanGraphs.

The two are set to meet again Monday night, as Trout and the Angels travel to Seattle, where Hernandez is scheduled to make his season debut.

The two stars seem to be at opposite ends of their career trajectories, however.

Mind you, any given matchup could go against the general trends….

 

QLE Posted: April 01, 2019 at 08:10 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mike trout

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Despite lack of winning so far, Mike Trout believes in the Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — As is his routine, Jeff Trout, Mike’s dad, will be sitting at the breakfast table in Millville, New Jersey, reading the local newspaper, catching up on who’s doing what, who’s winning, who’s not, and where it is we all find ourselves today. Sometimes he’ll get all the way to the obituaries, which, he admits, happens more now. Get to a certain age and curiosity gets the better of you.

He’s 58.

And wouldn’t you know, after a few sentences that seek to gather up a whole life, every once in a while, there’ll be something like, “One of her joys was watching Mike Trout play baseball every night on television.” Or, “He counted himself among Mike Trout’s biggest fans.”

It gets Jeff in the heart every time. Every time. His boy, Mike, really does that to people. For people. Gives folks something to do, something to believe in, something to root for. A local guy. A good kid. Somebody who smiled and said hi, who comes home and loves them all back. Mike will go off and become famous and rich and win awards and whatever else comes with baseball and excellence, and what romances his ex-ballplayer dad is that it means something.

 

QLE Posted: March 26, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, belief, fathers and sons, mike trout

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Angels and Trout agree (Report)

Seems like Trout will spend his whole career in LA. Money seems reasonable, but I’m curious if this supersedes the last two years of his current deal, or is an add-on starting in 2021.

Awaiting confirmation from the team…

JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: March 19, 2019 at 10:35 AM | 134 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, hall of fame, mike trout, money

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Rosenthal: Trout’s value? Far more than Harper or Machado; Nats pondering next move; A’s not giving up on Murray – The Athletic

What a coincidence. I considered offering Trout a $400 million extension to play for the Angels too. I’m also considering a sandwich for lunch.

In​ recent weeks, the Los Angeles​ Angels​ at​ least considered offering​ Mike Trout a 10-year,​ $350 million​ extension, though​​ it is unclear whether they followed through with an actual proposal, according to sources with knowledge of the club’s thinking.

A deal of that size would be the biggest in the history of North American sports and give Trout the highest average annual value ever for a baseball player.

And still, it would not be nearly enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2019 at 10:11 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, pay site

Friday, March 01, 2019

Top 5 impending free agents now that Bryce Harper and Manny Machado signed

The saga of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado’s search for a new home has finally come to an end which means it’s time to start obsessing over the next big free agent contracts.

While we’ll certainly miss the Bryce-Manny Tracker, the wave of superstars following them to pick out their own Brinks truck will provide just as much excitement in their hunt for a new contract.

Among the top five free agents who should cash in are three MVPs, three World Series champions and arguably the greatest player in baseball in generations.

Well, no better time to start this conversation than the present….

QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, francisco lindor, free agents, kris bryant, mike trout, mookie betts

 

 

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