Mike Trout was born on August 7, 1991, in Vineland, New Jersey. He grew up in a family of athletes, with his father and brother both playing baseball. Trout was a standout player in high school, setting records for hits, runs, and stolen bases.
In 2009, the Angels selected Trout with the 25th overall pick in the MLB draft. He quickly made his way through the minor leagues, earning a call-up to the majors in July 2011. Trout made an immediate impact, hitting .326 with five home runs and 16 stolen bases in his first 40 games.
BREAKOUT SEASON AND MVP AWARD
In 2012, Trout had one of the greatest rookie seasons in MLB history. He hit .326 with 30 home runs, 83 RBI, and 49 stolen bases, becoming the first player in MLB history to hit 30 home runs and steal 40 bases in a season. Trout was named the AL Rookie of the Year and finished second in the MVP voting to Miguel Cabrera.
Trout continued to improve in 2013, hitting .323 with 27 home runs and 97 RBI. He won his first MVP award, beating out Cabrera, who had won the previous two.
Trout’s numbers dipped slightly in 2014, but he still had a strong season, hitting .287 with 36 home runs and 111 RBI. He finished second in the MVP voting to Josh Donaldson.
Trout won his second MVP award in 2016, hitting .315 with 29 home runs, 100 RBI, and 30 stolen bases. He led the AL in on-base percentage (.441) and slugging percentage (.550) and finished second in the Gold Glove voting for center fielders.
Trout had another MVP-caliber season in 2018, hitting .312 with 39 home runs, 79 RBI, and 24 stolen bases. He won his third MVP award, beating out Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts.
CURRENT CAREER STATISTICS AND ACCOLADES
As of the end of the 2021 season, Trout has a career batting average of .307 with 310 home runs, 872 RBI, and 229 stolen bases. He has led the AL in on-base percentage and slugging percentage four times each and has won eight Silver Slugger Awards.
Trout has also been named an All-Star nine times and has won the All-Star Game MVP Award twice. He has finished in the top four in MVP voting eight times, including winning the award three times.
IMPACT ON THE SPORT
Trout’s impact on the sport of baseball cannot be overstated. He is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time and is a role model for young athletes around the world. His combination of power, speed, and defensive ability has made him one of the most exciting players to watch.
Trout’s success has also helped elevate the Angels franchise. He has been the team’s best player since his rookie season and has helped lead them to playoff appearances in 2014 and 2020.
Despite a groin injury that caused him to exit a game early, Los Angeles Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout remained focused on the team’s goals for the season. Trout’s injury was a minor setback in a season that saw him play at an MVP level once again. He continued to be a leader both on and off the field, captaining Team USA in the World Baseball Classic and advocating for improved rosters for the Angels. While his individual accolades are impressive, Trout’s ultimate goal is to win a championship for the Angels. With his talent and determination, it’s only a matter of time before he achieves that goal.
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