Mike Trout at 31

Another year, another Mike Trout injured birthday. Despite being the best player in Angels history, he has been injured more often than not as of late.

It has been 6 years since he has played in 150 games in a season and has had more seasons playing under 140 games than over in his career. What used to be one of the most consistent players in baseball has now officially become injury prone. That back issue may or may not be a disease, but it sure will act like a lifelong condition.

The man is going down a Ken Griffey Jr path and it not only saddens Angels fans, but actively impacts the team’s future. Shohei Ohtani didn’t get traded because Mike Trout was injured. Argue about if he should be traded or not, Mike Trout’s injury has impacted the team beyond his lack of production from being away so long.

We will look back at these last few years wondering what could have been. Troutani should have been the best duo in baseball, yet they have so few games together. Ohtani only pitched for 10 games in 2018, then in 2021 Trout only played in 36 games when Ohtani was able to pitch again. 2022 was the first time both were on the field at full strength for half a season, and the team looked great until May 25th.

Sadly, Mike Trout is on his decline. He has stolen a total of 4 bases the last 3 seasons, and 15 in the last 4. Getting to 300 in his career is all but a pipe dream now. Even worse, his most defining stat, Wins Above Replacement, will never be one that he will lead in now. He was once ahead of the greatest of all time in that stat for his age, but now is far behind. Mike Trout needed those 12 WAR seasons to keep up, alas, he hasn’t been able to top 2016 due to the injuries.

When Mike Trout eventually returns to play, be it this year or next, cherish him. Cherish every at bat. For you are witnessing one of the greatest of all time. Happy Birthday Mike Trout. I hope you prove me wrong.

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NorCalHalofan
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Happy Birthday to Trout. Unfortunately I see a future as more DH than dynamic all around player. I would still enjoy watching him as an Edgar Martinez or Big Poppy type of player. Very proud he will go into the HOF an Angel.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Happy Birthday Mike Trout!

I’m stoked to have a genuine HOFer of our own.

That said, we all know we’ll probably just see him in March. Why play the “…here I come, I’m coming back soon!” game with us in a lost season where it won’t matter?

I for one would love to be “stuck” with a Trout who only hits 25 HR a year but steals bases, hits .320 and plays 150 games a year. I honestly think Trout’s got the talent and drive to shed some muscle and “get fast” and I think it would be cool as heck. I think if he focuses on the “hit tool” he eventually be like a Boggs/Gwynn level of skill with moar powah!

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 month ago

Happy Birthday Trouty, wish you and your family the best on this day, but stay away from the cake. he-he-he 😀  🎂 

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Happy Birthday!

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Happy bday, mike. I hope the angels can pull a ws ala tim salmon for ya before it’s too late.

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 month ago

I celebrate him of course, but my top of head thought about him has changed to, If only…

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

…And how Mike has turned into yet another bad Arturo long-term contract.

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

…And that Arturo need to let the Intern get a Juan Soto -level return on Ohtani so the same thing doesn’t happen again. However, I worry they don’t have the capacity to pull that off. I’m not sure there’s a work-around for that.

Fansince1971
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1 month ago

Think of all those missed games. It will keep him from challenging the records of the greatest of all time.

Still a first ballot HOFer but I cannot help but think what might have been.

Happy Birthday Mikey!

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