Baseball can sometimes be seen as a boring sport, where there’s not a lot of new things that can happen, compared to other leagues such as the NFL, NHL, NBA and so on. Every once in a while though, there is a player that takes the league by storm and seemingly flips it on its head. Mike Trout is certainly that player, as he changed the record books of baseball and almost became the American League MVP in his first full season in the major leagues, if it weren’t for a few home runs that Miguel Cabrera hit. Trout is an amazing talent who has people talking about him with legends and he’s only had one season to show what he’s got, is his level of performance for 2012 what we can expect from him for the rest of his career?
Odds are, Trout will start the season in left field, making room for Peter Bourjos in center field and a combination of Josh Hamilton and Mark Trumbo in right. Although Trout didn’t win a Gold Glove in 2012 (Most expect him to but however, it was simply not meant to be), one can easily see him racking up quite a few in left. In 2012, Trout had a WAR of 10.0 and in this era, that’s really not seen anymore now that the steroid era has hopefully gone and passed. He’s not the most powerful hitter but he’s still capable of hitting any ball out of the park just because of how much contact he puts on the ball with every swing. Trout hit for .326, 83 RBI and 30 Home Runs, all the more impressive when you consider he played in 139 games. Everyone knows what Trout brings to the table now but the question is, can he continue his prolific production for an encore of 2012?
Fishing For A Ring In Twenty Thirteen
Let’s be honest here, it’s the World Series or bust for the Angels this year. Although it would be great to see the team make the playoffs after missing the bus the last few seasons, with the signing of Josh Hamilton, other key free agents and another year of experience for Trout, the team is looking at a championship. Looking at Trout’s production and other lines of talent that shouldn’t change by year, one has to think that a comparable season is in the future for him in 2013. It may seem like he’s destined to have a sophomore slump but at the same time, barring injury, he’s going to have a lot more games to do some damage with. Also, he might not bat leadoff and even if he does, this team has improved considerably. I will say this however, do not be surprised if Trout does go down with an injury, I feel as if the addition of Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson might make Trout work a bit too much in the outfield. Still, when you’re looking for a possible worry with a player and the slight possibility of injury is your only mark, you’ve got yourself a special player.
Fish & Chips or Sushi?
The biggest story about Mike Trout coming into 2013 will almost definitely be if his rookie year was a fluke. I personally don’t think it was and a lot of people don’t but there’s still a select few who are cautious. After all, baseball really hasn’t seen a season like he had, ever. That’s where the doubts should stop. Mike Trout is doing things on a baseball field that haven’t been done before and if he doesn’t have as good of a season as he had in 2012, he’s still going to be one of the better players in the game, if not the best. Look for the man to hold together the Angels in 2013 as they make a run for the team’s first World Series Championship since 2002. May Trout put us back in the saddle again.