The Los Angeles Angels end their season today and will again miss the playoffs for the ninth time this past decade. That means the game's best player, Mike Trout, is sitting on his kaboose come October. Their front office is proving Mike Trout should have moved on when he had the chance.
With nearly 30 players on each roster, baseball is a team sport that requires expertise at all levels. Most Trout antagonists claim he can't get the Angels to the postseason, but this isn't his doing. His mistake was letting this front office woo him into the mirage of an improved roster. Anaheim fooled the game's best athlete into signing a 12-year, $426.5 million extension.
Should we be upset?
The Angels are nothing more than a pathetic boyfriend that convinces the girl that's too good for him to stay. Sadly, Mike Trout had an obvious choice to make (to leave) in order to be part of winning baseball. Now fans of this game want to blame Trout's lack of jersey sales on the game's marketing, rather than his dreadful organization.
Remember when literally everyone knew Angels owner Arte Moreno needed to improve his pitching staff and he went out and signed third baseman Anthony Rendon? Rendon was coming off a World Series title, but agreeing to a 7-year, $265 million contract was a train wreck. A team that already raked just added another bat when they couldn't get an out all last year.
If studying baseball history does us any justice, Mike Trout will spend the rest of his career being baseball's LeBron at home when it matters. Arte Moreno should either fix their rotation like he promised, or trade Trout to an organization that can handle this luxury.
3-time MVP's shouldn't be relegated to the basement of relevancy and the Angels should be the focal point of criticism. Trout has hit .304 with 304 homers with a mouth watering 74.3 WAR for his career, so he's not anywhere close to the problem. If anything, Mike has an argument for the greatest baseball player who ever lived.
Arte Moreno needs to improve this roster, or let this peacock fly someplace else so he can compete for a World Series title.