Mike Trout – AL MVP and Weather Geek

mike-trout-weatherMuch is known about Mike Trout’s baseball career, which includes an American League MVP award, a career .303 BA and 131 homers. However, what isn’t so well known about Trout is that he’s obsessed with the weather, so much so that he’d probably be a weatherman if he weren’t one of the world’s best baseball players.

Jim Cantore, the famed on-camera meteorologist at the Weather Channel, can verify Trout’s obsession with the elements, discussing how the All-Star once tweeted him about a snowstorm that was headed for New Jersey.

“All of a sudden, I get this direct message from Mike Trout,” recalled Cantore. “He’s asking me about the storm. Not like, ‘Hey, Jim, it’s Mike.’ He just went right into the details. He was genuinely curious about what the models said.”

Cantore, a Yankees fan, thought it was amusing to find out that Trout was such a weather geek. And much like Cantore, Trout’s love of the weather began due to his dad and wanting to avoid school.

“I was young, and I always wanted to get off school,” said Trout. “So I’d ask, ‘When’s the snowstorm coming?’ I was the kid in class who would see snow out the window and start looking at it and want to play with it.” Trout’s dad would further fuel this weather obsession by taking his son skiing, where they could see snow falling from the mountaintop.

mike-troutPerhaps yet another reason why the reigning AL MVP loves different weather so much is because he saw one type for a large portion of his life. Trout was born in Los Angeles (before moving to New Jersey) and now lives in Laguna Beach, on a private beach far away from the snow.

Still, the 24-year-old can’t help but chase the bad weather sometimes when he gets the chance. For instance, during spring training in Arizona, he once drove to Flagstaff because he saw that they were about to be covered in snow.

Apparently the Weather Channel is highly interested in Trout’s fascination with the weather. And they’ve floated the idea of him having a part-time correspondent gig with them whenever he’s staying at his Millville, New Jersey home for the winter.

“We’re planning on me doing a story when there’s a big storm in Jersey,” Trout said. “I’m gonna be on the Weather Channel. Hopefully, we get a big snowstorm. A sick vacation for me. would be to go to upstate New York when a big snowstorm hits.”

Cantore is equally excited about the prospect of chasing storms in the future, and he’d like to be along for the ride.

“I definitely see this guy chasing tornadoes, standing in snowstorms,” he said. “And I hope I’ll be right there alongside him.”

But given that Trout is just 24 years old, he’s going to be chasing fly balls for a long time before he ever gets serious about storms. The centerfielder has the stats to potentially win his second AL MVP award in a row, with a .295 BA, 33 HRs and 73 RBIs. His case will be helped out more if the 63-60 Angels can move up the AL West standings and make the playoffs.

Kansas City Royals Betting: KC Sweeps Angels 3-0

kansas-city-la-angelsFor years, the Kansas City Royals have been a laughingstock in the MLB. In fact, before this season, they hadn’t been to the postseason in 29 years. Well the Royals not only made the playoffs this year, but they also swept the Los Angeles Angels in the AL Divisional Series.

The Wild Card Royals completed their 3-0 sweep of the Angels thanks to a bases-clearing double by Alex Gordon, and home runs by Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. With the Kansas City bats going, they cruised to an 8-3 victory and will face the Baltimore Orioles, who are fresh off a sweep of Detroit.

As for Los Angeles, this was a bitter end to what was such a promising season. They finished with the league’s best record at 98-64, but became just the second team since the divisional era began (1969) to get swept out of the postseason. The Angels were also the MLB’s highest-scoring team, however, this was hard to tell as they mustered just six runs in three games against the Royals. In Game 3, they were largely punchless outside of homers by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.

kansas-city-la-angels-1That’s not to say that Los Angeles didn’t put in a good effort throughout the series, though. They pushed Kansas City to two 11-inning games before being dominated away from home. The final game started well for LA with Mike Trout’s home run giving them a 1-0 lead. But Angels starter C.J. Wilson got into trouble early on. The $16 million man surrendered a two-out, bases-loaded double to Gordon that gave the Royals a 3-1 lead. With nothing to lose, LA manager Mike Scioscia quickly went to the bullpen, but relievers couldn’t cool off the KC bats either.

Now Kansas City moves on to face Baltimore in the American League Championship Series. Both teams swept their opponents, so it’s hard to call who’s the favorite on the betting lines. The Royals have really strong pitching while Baltimore can swing for the fences, as they showed by hitting 211 home runs this season.

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Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera having Unbelievable Seasons Once Again

miguel-cabreraWe’re now about one-third of the way through the Major League Baseball season, and the contenders are starting to separate themselves from the pretenders. Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout are definitely part of the contenders group. In fact, they’re more than just contenders as these two are on pace for incredible seasons yet again.

Cabrera is quite possibly proving himself to be the best hitter in baseball while Trout, who’s just 21 years old, displays an exceptional all-around game. So it’s no surprise that these guys are early season American League MVP candidates once again

When looking at Cabrera and Trout from an overall perspective – with hitting and fielding taken into account – about the only thing separating them is their teams’ success. Cabrera’s Tigers are sitting atop the AL Central with a 29-20 record while Trout’s Angels have fallen into third in the AL West with a 23-28 mark.

Despite the obvious differences in their teams’ records, neither of these guys are showing signs of slowing down any time soon. Here’s a quick look at what they’ve done so far.

Miguel Cabrera

miguel-cabrera-1The reigning AL MVP is on pace for an even better season this time around. Last year, he hit .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBI’s. In the 2013 campaign, he’s hitting .377 with 14 homers and 57 RBI’s through just 49 games. If things keep up like this, it’s not inconceivable to think that the 30-year-old could challenge Hack Wilson’s single season record of 191 RBI’s.

As of now, Cabrera only needs a couple of homers to put himself in a position to take the triple crown. Don’t bet against him getting the triple crown either because Cabrera is excellent at making adjustments for different pitchers and takes advantage of any errantly-thrown fastball.

Perhaps Trout described Cabrera best when he said, “Just his approach – hitting fastballs the other way, turning on off-speed and especially his approach on two strikes. You make one bad pitch, and he is going to hit it. It’s his consistency. He punishes mistakes. I’ll get a pitch to hit and just pull off a little bit. He doesn’t miss.”

Mike Trout

mike-troutAt an age when many top prospects are graduating from AA to AAA, Mike Trout is playing with the Major League elite. He’s hit .304 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI’s through 51 games. And while this may not scream MVP, it’s what Trout does from an all-around perspective that separates him from the pack.

The 21-year-old has scored 41 runs, stolen 12 bases and routinely makes highlight-reel plays in center field. The latter could even earn Trout a Gold Glove this season – something that many felt he deserved in the 2012 campaign.

When it comes to the all-important Wins Above Replacement (WAR) stat, Trout ranks sixth in the MLB, which is just four spots away from second place Cabrera. That said, the third-year pro is invaluable to his team – a fact which sometimes goes unnoticed with the Angels’ struggles.

There’s still over 110 games left in the season, so it’ll be interesting to see how Trout and Cabrera fare within the next few months. Cabrera looks to have an inside track to his second straight MVP award. But if Los Angeles can improve in the win-loss department, look for Trout to make a strong bid for the AL MVP award too.