Before the 2020 MLB season started, reigning AL MVP Mike Trout did not feel comfortable playing because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mike Trout’s path to becoming one of MLB’s top players
The 28-year-old has become a star in the MLB in a short period. The LA Angels selected Trout in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft. He only spent two years in the minor leagues, and during that time, he quickly became one of the top prospects in the Angels organization. Before the 2011 season, he was ranked No. 1 by ESPN’s Keith Law in his 2011 top 100 prospects list. On July 8, 2011, Trout made his MLB debut.
In his first full season in 2012, Trout put up impressive numbers. He finished with a .326 batting average with 30 home runs, 83 RBIs, and 49 stolen bases. He was named to the All-Star team, won the AL Rookie of the Year award, and won a Silver Slugger award. Trout quickly established himself as a premier player in the MLB, and his success continued after his rookie season. He has played in eight consecutive All-Star games and has won seven Silver Slugger awards. Trout can get it done at the plate and in the field. He possesses a lot of power at the plate and can hit to all fields. On defense, he covers a lot of ground in centerfield.
Throughout his career, he has won the AL MVP award three times with his previous won coming last season. He has been in the running for the MVP award since his rookie season. Trout has shown his consistency over the years, and he has improved his game each season. Looking at his numbers, there’s no question why he’s considered one of the best in the game.
Mike Trout had concerns playing this season
Some professional athletes have addressed their concerns about returning to sports in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Trout had his concerns about playing. In an article from sportsnet.ca that was published earlier this month, he talked about how he felt about being out there on the field with everything going on.
“Honestly, I still don’t feel that comfortable,” he said before the season started. “This is a tough time, a tough situation everyone is in. Everybody has a responsibility in this clubhouse. Social distance, stay inside, wear a mask, and be safe.” There were a lot of questions if Trout was going to play this season, but he cleared that up and announced that he would play when the season started.
Mike Trout already accomplished something he never did before while playing
During a game on July 26 against the Oakland Athletics, Trout hit a three-run home run on a 3-0 count in the third inning. According to an article from mlb.nbcsports.com, that was the first time in 211 plate appearances that he homered on a 3-0 count. Some hitters take a pitch on a 3-0 count while others unleash their best swing and hope to make good contact with the ball.
In Trout’s case, it worked out perfectly. According to Baseball-Reference, entering the game on July 26, Trout had drawn 203 walks and had one hit for a .200 average on 3-0 counts. Trout does not usually swing on 3-0 counts, but this time he decided to let loose, and it paid off.