In every losing season the Angels have suffered in the last 10 years, Mike Trout is usually asked if he still wants to stay in Anaheim. He’s also often asked how he can remain bullish season after season when his Angels aren’t in the playoffs.
During his late-season media availability ahead of Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Oakland, he interrupted a question about the no-trade clause in his contract. “I didn’t even think about all those things,” he said.
And of that optimism he said: “I hate to lose. … I think you’re going to fail a lot in this game from a personal point of view. You make mistakes on the record but the biggest thing is you try to turn the page and I try to do that after the season.
“It was frustrating,” he said. “It’s not where we want to be. But when we talk to guys to try and change this thing, we do what we can to give everything we have.”
The Angels have made the playoffs once and finished over .500 four times in the 12 seasons that Trout was in Anaheim. He signed a 12-year, $426.5 million deal in 2019 to remain an Angel through 2031.
When asked what he thinks needs to be done for the Angels to make the playoffs, he said, “I don’t think it’s one specific thing. [General manager Perry Minasian] has a game plan and I have faith in Perry and the front office to bring a successful team here.”
When asked if he gave the Angels a timeframe to put together a team that can come to significant October baseball, he said, “It’s difficult because if the owners say we’re selling the team, who knows what for a place [Perry’s] in. It will be interesting to see what happens over the winter.”
Trout missed 30 games this season plus the All-Star Game while suffering a back injury. He had two hits in his first four at-bats Tuesday against Oakland to take his batting average to a .280.
Despite missing about a month on the injured list, Trout returned without missing a shot, hitting 15 home runs and 28 RBIs in 38 games since.
He had 39 home runs in the game, making it the first time he hit 30 home runs in a season since winning his last American League Most Valuable Player award in 2019.
Trout said Sunday after hitting the No. 39 home run that he doesn’t like to think about what those numbers might have been without the back injury.
When asked to rate his season as a full Tuesday, he said: “I’ve had a good year, and then the back thing came up. When the back thing came up, I tried to get back as fast as possible. And when I did that, it was just great. Looking back, it’s been a crazy year for the entire team. Taken me.”
Trout will have a normal off-season, maintaining his pre-game and pre-training routine, which has helped keep his back feeling good. He will also captain Team USA’s World Baseball Classic team in March.
The experience will give him another chance – alongside all the AL All-Star rosters he’s been on – to play with real stars.
“It’s going to be a fun fight. Of course we have to get there and see how everything goes,” Trout said.
“That will be funny. It’s a chance for me to play with other guys and sometimes against your teammates.”
https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/story/2022-10-04/angels-mike-trout-season-frustrating-mlb Angels’ Mike Trout says season was ‘frustrating’