LA Angels outfielder Mike Trout is once again headed to the mid-summer classic in San Diego to start for the American League for the fourth straight season.
LA Angels fans are hoping for their prized player to add more to his already impressive All-Star resume, which includes two consecutive MVP awards.
Trouts All-Star numbers are highlighted with five hits with one home run. Trout led the AL in voting as far as outfielders since the first results were released. The 24 year-old has put up impressive first half numbers, like a .324 batting average with 17 home runs 54 RBI.
“It’s the same approach I take during the season,” Trout told OC Register, ” I don’t change anything; It’s against better pitching, but I don’t change anything.”
Trout finished third in the AL as far as votes only trailing Sal Perez and David Ortiz. This of course will be Ortiz’ last All-Star as he is set to retire following this season. Trout will be joined by two of Big Papi’s Red Sox teammates; Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts, in the outfield.
By starting in his fourth All-Star game before the age of 25, Trout joins elite players such as Ken Griffey Jr., Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle in that category. Trout’s success on the field during the first half of the season has really stood out from the reality of the Angels grim season so far.
There’s no doubt that Mike Trout deserves his success on and off the field. The fact of the matter is Trout is a poster child for the league.
It’s no secret that Major League Baseball has taken some hits in recent years because of performance enhancing drug usage; however, players like Trout are a sign that the MLB is still a great game.
Trout truly stands on his own as far as his All-star status so far in his young career. Whether if he’ll be in an LA Angel uniform for life, the All-Star game is one place you can count on seeing trout for many more seasons to come.