Recently, a clip of Mike Trout taking some batting practice in the cage made the rounds on social media.
His dad's reaction (his dad is the one front tossing to him) was originally what was funny, but the comments from the video are what ended up being even more comical in the end. Check out what LA Angels beat writer Jeff Fletcher had to say about them, and then take his advice:
The comments truly are hysterical. Armchair coaches trying to coach the greatest hitter in the world will truly never get old.
Mike Trout receives enough coaching on the LA Angels, and doesn't need armchair experts.
The keyboard LA Angels coaches are not happy at all with Mike Trout's swing, but I give them props for not deleting their comments upon realizing that this was a three-time AL MVP in the video. I will say that this one below has to be my favorite. Trout has never been a guy who goes up to the plate trying to lift OR pull the ball, but that's what this fan took from his swing:
For this next one, I find it pretty hilarious that the fan not only doesn't realize that Trouty's already in the Major Leagues, but that he's never missed a single All-Star Game since he's been in this league.
I also don't see why people in the comments other than even just the above fans are claiming that Trout's trying to lift the ball and not swinging level. He's being linear to the ball, and rotational through it. Many Major League hitting coaches teach their guys to approach their swings that way, and I'd say it's worked out pretty well for a guy who's a lifetime .305/.419/.583 (1.002 OPS) hitter. Here's that criticism again for some reason:
All in all, with all due respect to these fans in the comment section, I trust our guy Trout to be a great hitter. He already is; averaging 39 home runs per 162 games to go along with 122 runs scored per 162 games.
I guess we all think we know more than we do as fans sometimes. I will say, however, that these fans were being a bit overboard.