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Los Angeles Angels: Will Trout participate in the WBC?

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Sep 26, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) at bat in the fourth of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) at bat in the fourth of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Los Angeles Angels are ok with their players playing in the World Baseball Classic. One Angels player has already stated he would play, but what about Trout?

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout is coming off his 2nd AL MVP season. The next big question for the Angels outfielder will be if he chooses to participate in the World Baseball Classic.

Baseball fans worldwide would of course love to see the most prominent player in the game participate on the world stage, but at the same time, are the Angels willing to risk their most valued asset playing before the season begins?

The rosters of the 2017 WBC have slowly been filling up. Among those, are the recent additions of Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey. The Angels have Andrelton Simmons playing for his home country, The Netherlands. The roster looks very promising this time around, unlike previous occasions when the American team had difficulty to get players to participate.

The addition of Trout to the lineup will even further the depth of the USA roster in this year’s tournament. Although the outfielder hasn’t committed yet, it’s still a toss up on if he’ll play or not.

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When the American team manager Joe Torre sent in a preliminary list back in October, neither Trout or Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper were on the list. The WBC asks in favor in every tournament for the best of the best to particulate for a worldwide audience; however, wouldn’t replace a player on the roster if Trout decided to participate.

Craig Landis, Trout’s agent, has refused to comment on his client’s situation to play or not. In the meantime, baseball fans worldwide need to just sit back and hope to see the superstar in action.

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The final roster of the WBC will be announced on February 6th of next year, so there’s still time for Trout to make his decision. It’s more than likely he will participate because of the pressure he’ll get from baseball fans and sports media around the world.

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