Make the Playoffs
This is what it comes down to. For Mike Trout, for the Angels, for the city of Anaheim, for the fans. Mike Trout needs to make the playoffs this year. 2019 will mark the fifth season since their last playoff berth in 2014, where they were promptly swept by the Kansas City Royals in the first round.
For all sports, legacies are built on the postseason. Michael Jordan never lost in The Finals while winning six rings. Tom Brady would not be considered the best player in NFL history if not for his five Super Bowl rings. Even in baseball, Clayton Kershaw may be the best pitcher of all-time, but since he has flopped in the postseason so many times, his legacy is tarnished.
And then there is Trout. In his lone playoff appearance, he had one hit in 12 at-bats. Sure, it was a monster home run and sure, he walked once in each game, but Trout has never done anything worth noting in the postseason. In terms of how he’ll be remembered once he retires, Trout needs another shot in the postseason.
In 2014, the Angels were the #1 seed after having the best record in baseball during the regular season. This upcoming season, there would have to be something absolutely miraculous for the Angels to be hosting a playoff series.
While they will most likely only be competing for a Wild Card spot, even that would be a good step for the Halos and Mike Trout. As always, his upcoming free agency looms, and the Halos need to give Trout a playoff run if they want to keep him around past 2020.