Luz Gomez, Reporter
Look up to the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s just Mike Trout’s home run!
The 2016 Season is approaching and it is almost time to see him in action. Mike Trout is the star center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. At just 24 years of age, he has made many outstanding plays throughout the seasons.
Baseball was introduced to him at a young age. His father Jeff Trout, played in the Minors for four years. It was clear that he was one of the big inspirations for Mike. He first started off playing in the Little League. In high school, he played baseball and basketball. He also played travel ball with Tri-State Arsenal.
He was drafted in 2009 and later played in the minors for the Arizona Angels. In 2010 and early 2011 he was one of the best players in the minors. The youngest to be exact. He made his Major League debut on July 8, 2011, after the center fielder, Peter Bourjos at the time, was injured during the game.
As previously mentioned he is one of MLB’s most outstanding players. At such a young age he has accomplished a lot and he has broken many records.
In 2012 he was brought up from the Minors to replace Bobby Abreu. He broke the Angels franchise and the MLB rookie record after he crossed home plate in 14 consecutive games. In that same year he became the first player ever to hit 30 home runs, steal 45 bases, and score 125 runs in a season.
“I think 2012 was probably his best season. He followed it up in 2014 with an MVP season that year as well,” said Mr. Jones. “I think Mike Trout is still developing. At just 24 years old he still has 5 or 6 more years to possibly get better.”
In the 2013 season, he started as a left fielder. Once again he was moved to center field when Peter Bourjos was injured and was later moved back to left field when Peter Bourjos returned. He was also given the leadoff spot.
In 2014, Mike was signed to a $144.5 million extension for 6 years. 2014 had its troubles for Trout, but he was able to get back on his feet. Later that year he was announced as the American League MVP.
Mike Trout’s biggest problem is striking out too much. He chases pitches in the lower part of the strike zone which don’t always work out for him. “Last year he led the league in many categories, but he also led the league in strikeouts and strikeouts don’t help a baseball team at all,” said Mr. Jones. Mike Trout’s biggest goal this season is to limit his strikeouts and so far going into Spring Training he has showed a vast improvement.
He has represented the Angels in the All-star Game for 3 consecutive years, his first being in 2013. He was the All-Star Game MVP in 2014 and 2015. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he got the MVP of the whole league you know several more times in his career,” said Mr Jones.
Mike is just as active off the field as he is on the field. He doesn’t just try to make an impact on the field, but he also tries to in the community. Mike has been a part of the many foundations that help support causes such as youth and health care issues. He has made several visits to hospitals, mainly CHOC Hospitals to bring some joy to the patients and their families.
He was a part of the “Together We Do Good” Foundation. This foundation works specifically with athletes and celebrities. In 2013 the “Mike Trout Experience” was going on to help support at-risk youth in various cities around the country. The money raised was also beneficial for causes such as combating human trafficking and providing clean water for people around the world.
He is also involved with various other companies. He is a partner with Bodyarmor Sports Drink as well as a sponsor for Super Pretzel. Trout also signed a sponsorship with Subway.
Back in Millville, his high school renamed their field after him.
“Another thing I like about Mike Trout is just how friendly he is,” said Mr. Jones. “He’s always got a smile, he always stays really positive, and he really look likes he’s having a lot of fun, that he really likes playing baseball.”
Mike Trout is not only known as the “Mike Trout.” He has been given quite a few nicknames including: “Millville Meteor”, “Prince Fish”, “God’s Gift”, and “King Fish 2.0”. Each name he is given has a little tale to it. “Millville Meteor” was given to him after someone edited his Wikipedia page. “King Fish 2.0” is a reference to a former Angel, Tim Salmon. “Prince Fish” has a similar story to “King Fish 2.0.” Whatever name he takes, he is known as one of the strongest players in MLB.
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