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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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“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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