Trout Sets Bar As High As The Heavens

Updated: March 10, 2017

Reigning AL MVP Mike Trout invested some time recently to reflect on his career thus far. Contact reporter Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times gives the scoop on these reflections and more in his piece “Five-time All-Star Mike Trout’s goal: ‘I want to be the best player there is.’”

In the discussion, Trout admitted that it has been insane just how quickly time has flown by.

“‘It seems like yesterday I was drafted.’”

In a way, it is difficult to wrap the mind around. He has already been a part of five full seasons with the club. What is interesting to think about, though, is what is forthcoming. The centerfielder did not shy away from being frank when he described one of his current apsirations.

“‘I want to be the best player there is.’”

While the 25-year-old has a lot of work to do, his comment does not suggest something that is totally out of the realm of reason. It is not to say his goal is a piece of cake. But when his first five years are perused, it becomes harder to doubt Trout. He stacks up pretty well against even inner circle Cooperstown members at his respective age.

Even so, those around him all the time notice something more about Mike that is special. It goes beyond the well-rounded nature of his game. Ron Roenicke touches on this notion and thinks that number 27’s style is one expressive of an energetic, but kind kid at heart. This is interesting because during Trout’s career, Roenicke’s was at one point a NL manager. From his rookie year to now, Mike has shown no signs of becoming a different human being.

“‘It still seems like he’s the same guy,’” Roenicke said.

Albeit Trout does all he can to enjoy the game as if he happened to be a kid still, it does not mean there is not a practical side to the outfielder. He was wholeheartedly sincere when it came to talking about the Angels’ overall lack of tangible success during his tenure.

“‘Obviously, losing sucks,’ Trout said. ‘It’s frustrating. But it’s not like we’re trying to lose. We want to win. We’ve been banged up the last few years.’”

The losing factor is understandable because there is practically nothing more one could ask from a guy of Trout’s stature. He is one of those rarities that can do a little bit of everything on any given day.

What is remarkable to be aware of, however, is how professional the New Jersey native remains. It is not to say he takes losing lightly. That is not so whatsoever. He shares additional perspective on this idea.

“‘It’s still playing a game,’ Trout said. ‘I’m still having fun. It’s never changed. I’ve always told myself that if I’m not having fun out there, I don’t want to play.’”

Mike craves for there to be stronger results in the years to come. It is precisely why he recruited his teammate, Kole Calhoun, last year. The two played long toss more than ever at said interval. The routine helped Mike out tremendously, for it increased his arm strength and accuracy. The 5-time Silver Slugger winner attained seven assists last year, a career high. More of the same is bound to occur in 2017 given his work ethic and dedication. And if that is not enough evidence, then maybe this will be a tad more convincing.

Roenicke compares this aforesaid dedication to another noteworthy figure on the roster: Albert Pujols. It is not far-fetched since Trout claims that he wants to be the best. Doing so takes everything, and the 5-tool athlete seems determined to do all he can to make it more than a mere fantasy.

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