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“Mike Trout’s Amazing Ascension”

This article was published by The Huffington Post on June 26th and is the 4th article I’ve written on Mike Trout and the Angels. It was also featured on Halos Heaven on the 27th.

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Season three for the Angel phenom began slowly!

After two incredible seasons in which the Angel Center Fielder was the runner up for Most Valuable Player, Trout was off to a slow start — for him! What is amazing is his slower start was good by league standards but slow considering our greater expectations of the spectacular third year player from New Jersey.

Less than a month ago Trout’s numbers were down — yet still respectable — he was in or near the top 20 in the major league’s for most of April and May. His season low batting average on April 9th at .257, was higher than many players would aspire to achieve as their high for the season. Nine days later he would hit his season high of .338.

So he was well on his way to new heights?

Not quite. His average would not stay at that level. It began to decline slowly the very next day. In fact, he would struggle a little in all offensive categories managing only 8 home runs, 28 RBI’s, and scoring only 27 times during the first 46 games of the season. But it was the first half of May that was untypically Mike Trout. During that period, through the 17th, Mike hit only .148 going just 8 for 54 with not a single multi-hit game during the 15 game span.

Not typical for the player that was Rookie of the Year in 2012 and near the top in every offensive category in 2013, his second year.

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“A View From the Trout Farm”

This 3rd article in the Trout Series has been posted at The Huffington Post.

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Mike Trout wows baseball fans for the second straight season.

I know, many of you thought this was going to be a fish tale.

An article with stories about the one that got away. An ongoing tale of measurements that are almost unbelievable, with descriptions bigger than any conceivable wingspan.

If it’s not about fishing then what are we talking about?

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“Still Ascending”

This is the 2nd article The Huffington Post has posted that I’ve written on Angel, Mike Trout.

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Mike Trout’s ascendancy last year was a pleasure to watch!

He not only provided a welcome excitement to the Angels near miss season, but, along with Mark Trumbo, provided the spark that got the team going.

How can anyone who had a near MVP season like Mike Trout continue to perform at a level that ignites a team, energizes the fans, and awes the league?

Well baseball fans, he’s doing it again!

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“The Ascent of An Angel”

This article was posted on The Huffington Post September 25th.

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As the 2012 baseball season winds down the talk of MVP heats up and the Angel Fans have high hopes for their rising star.

Gabriel’s horn is blaring for the exciting rookie from New Jersey who has energized fans everywhere.

Who exactly is this exciting newcomer?

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Quick Hit: “Will Queen James Miss His Coronation?”

It appears that LaBron can’t handle the heat!

James has not turned out to be the Superstar the owners of the Miami Heat had hoped he would be and the SuperTeam faces elimination tonight at the hands of the seasoned Dallas Mavericks.

That is the outcome most of the fans outside the South Beach area hope for. Most of the nation has grown to despise LeBron and the Heat, and would celebrate their failure.

As Dwayne Wade and Dirk Nowitzki show what superstars bring to the Finals, James exhibits the same weakness he displayed in his final appearance with the Cavs.

He quits!

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“Queen James, and Her Court!”

Calling the self-aggrandizing roundballer a prince would be ambiguous!

D Wade

Dwyane Wade, the face of the Miami Heat

The one hour yawner on ESPN was a waste of 59 1/2 good minutes. It was like watching paint dry, or the refrigerator defrost.

Most of us knew James would be gutless and choose to go to Miami but, many that I talked to, hoped that the hour special would be a revelation; that he was going to return to the Cavs and take the challenge, determined to win a crown with Cleveland.

We even could accept the announcement that he was going to make another of the chosen teams competitive and try to win the championship with another group of players.

But no, he took the easy way out! Unable to win a title, he chose to go where he thinks it will be a sure thing.

But sharing the spotlight amongst three known stars might prove to be more difficult than Queen LeBron thinks. James has already intimated in his interview on ESPN that Dwyane Wade would be the unselfish one setting the stage that he and newly signed Chris Bosh would be the stars on D’s team.

The unanswered question is, will Wade regret convincing his two super-star friends to join him? The Shaq/Kobi union comes to mind. It wasn’t a very good experience. The Lakers needed two balls, will the Heat need three?

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