The January 22nd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Trout accepts RoY award, the 2002 Angels bullpen one of the best ever and much more...
The Monkey Says: Public speaking is not one of his five tools. I'm a bit disappointed in him for not taking a jab at the BBWAA for screwing him over in the MVP voting, but I guess he had to go and be all classy and junk.
The Monkey Says: And just imagine how much better it could have been had K-Rod been on the team for the whole season.
The Monkey Says: Welcome to my newest crusade, and apologies to this poor sap that wrote this garbage I linked to, which is people predicting a Trout sophomore slump for no real reason other than "because." I have yet to see anyone offer real evidence that Trout is going to regress. It is all just hunches based on the premise that nobody could possibly be that good again. So, please, I beg you, if you want to say Trout is going to come back to earth in 2013, give me real evidence. Maybe like his more mortal numbers the final two months of the season or... I don't know what else because I can't find anything short of the potential for someone finding real kryptonite that would sap him of the powers given to him by Earth's yellow sun.
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MJ at Halo Hangout said to me recently, "Trout should regress because his 2012 season was, basically, impossible." And, to be fair, it was. But if Trout "regresses" to an 8.0 fWAR, I'm sure we'll be OK with that.
@mike_hllywa I see that argument, but he already accomplished the impossible once, right? Now he is a year older, more used to the marathon of a season and we all know he has a preternatural ability to make adjustments. I'm just not seeing evidence other than what he did is unprecedented. Nobody has shown me any real evidence that he overachieved (i.e. he had an unsustainable HR/FB rate or something). I'm not saying he won't regress, I just don't think it is as much of a given as everyone seems to think.
@monkeywithahalo Well, he did hit more home runs last year than in his entire minor league career combined. And it can't be particularly easy consistently having to locate phone booths. Especially with them being nearly extinct and all.