The Angels Are Completely Wasting Mike Trout

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.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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    • lol….exactly; “We” aren’t dumb enough to re-sign with a franchise that has proven to not be serious about winning baseball games or pennants or league championships.

      Mike Trout re-signed because he likes Commie-fornia AND He gets to hide behind the Angels and never has a show up in the big game.

  1. $40 MIL/year — win or lose…I’d say he’s not the fool.
    Cops and firefighters retire at 3% of that after 20 years…and they’re happy. Then they go get another job.
    Mike Trout is luckier that Lou Gehrig…and Lou Gehrig was “the luckiest guy on the face of this Earth” to have played in NY for the Yankees.
    His net worth today would have been a HALF MILLION.
    I’m happy for Trout (though I wish he had a NY on his chest). Everybody wants to win a ring, but he’s nobody’s fool lol.

  2. Trout is a great player, no argument.

    On a trajectory for HoF

    But is he hands-down “the game’s best player”?

    One of the definitions of a great player is the elevate those around them. Think Jordan, Bird and Russell in the NBA.

    Trout is the greatest fantasy player of his generation. Is he “the game’s best player”?

    Surely after nine years, he owns some of the blame. Zero postseason wins, one postseason hit.

    Is there any other sport where someone could do that and be hands-down considered “the game’s best player”?

  3. The sad part is that he couldn’t even get his team into the playoffs with the extended format. Sure, it isn’t all his fault, but even average teams find their way into the playoffs more often than he has.

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