Do you assume Mike Trout ever has regrets?
Back in 2019, Trout signed a monstrous 12-year, $426.5 million extension with the Angels that made him by far the highest-paid participant in MLB historical past. At the time, the two-time AL MVP (Trout received his third in 2019) was coming into his ninth yr in the league, and had skilled postseason baseball simply as soon as — when his top-seeded Angels acquired swept in the 2014 ALDS.
And but, he dedicated to staying in Anaheim for what might grow to be the remainder of his profession, as his contract takes him by way of his age-39 season.
Since that 2014 playoff look, the Angels have had only one successful season (2015), and have not even sniffed October baseball. But that hasn’t stopped Trout from popping out every single day, taking part in the recreation he loves for the metropolis he loves, and, for the most half, not likely saying a phrase about his staff’s struggles. To be honest, he was the one who signed the deal. And he has 426.5 million causes to be okay with it. But in some unspecified time in the future, you do should marvel: Does Mike Trout have any regrets?
Trout will undoubtedly go down as one among, if not, the best common season baseball participant of all time. He has been the unquestioned finest participant in baseball since he entered the league. But to be thought-about a “best of all time,” you really want to have some postseason expertise, and furthermore, some postseason excellence in your resume. And in Trout’s lone postseason look, he hit a mere 1-12 (.083) with one solo house run and three walks. Not precisely spectacular.
Of course, it is not likely his fault he hasn’t had extra alternatives to enhance upon these numbers. Entering this season, Trout had a profession WAR of 76.1. That had him sitting at seventy fifth on the all-time record, forward of greater than 100 present members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and lots of extra future inductees. The solely lively participant forward of Trout in profession WAR is 42-year-old Albert Pujols. Trout is just 30.
And but, the Angels are in the midst of yet one more disappointing season, will in all probability should commerce fellow celebrity Shohei Ohtaniand may very well be headed in direction of an much more disappointing future.
And this hasn’t even been the worst of it for Trout this season.
On Wednesday, it was reported that Trout was affected by a uncommon again situation that might have an effect on him for the remainder of his profession. The situation, referred to as costovertebral dysfunction in the T5 vertebrae, might drive Trout to utterly alter his strategy to coaching, preparation, and even his work in the outfield.
According to SI, Trout mentioned his “profession is just not over.”
There’s no purpose to take a position on how this might have an effect on Trout’s efficiency transferring ahead — in an ideal world, it would not change a factor. But a lower than 100% Trout, whereas nonetheless a dominant baseball participant, would put the Angels’ possibilities at making one other postseason run even decrease than they already have been. And that has to get Trout slightly apprehensive.
Just 185 gamers in MLB historical past, who’ve performed over 10 seasons in the league, performed with one staff their whole profession. Only 55 of these guys have made it to the Hall of Fame. If Trout finishes out his contract in Anaheim — and he hasn’t mentioned something but that might make us assume in any other case — he could be becoming a member of this unique membership. And if the Angels proceed to battle, he may very well be doing it ringless.
In that case, he could be becoming a member of an much more unique membership. An inventory of gamers like Carl Yastrzemski, Tony Gwynn, Ernie Banks, and Ted Williams, who toughed it out with one franchise their whole profession, but have been by no means in a position to carry house a World Series trophy.
Trout might all the time drive a commerce (however that does not appear very possible). Or he might play out his contract after which leap to a contender in his age-40 season to win a hoop (that is a chance). But with the trajectory his staff is on proper now, it is fairly obvious that postseason baseball will proceed to be performed with out the best participant of the final decade. And in some unspecified time in the future, you do should marvel what might have been.
What if Trout did not signal that extension in 2019? What if he as a substitute joined a perennial contender and performed in a number of World Series? How early in his profession might he put himself on the Mount Rushmore of baseball greats if he had only one World Series ring below his belt?
The excellent news for Trout is that he’s nonetheless solely 30. You by no means know what sort of bundle the Angels might get for Ohtani if they determine to commerce him. And perhaps, in the again half of his profession, one thing will click on for the Angels. But for now, we get to proceed to ask the questions of what might have been. And after all, the most urgent query of all of them: Does Mike Trout have any regrets?