In any sport, watching one of the greatest of all time retire can be difficult and another star approaches the end of his career. Currently, Derek Jeter is in the midst of his farewell tour from baseball. He already played in his final All-Star Game last week and faces less than half a season left in Major League Baseball.
Jeter is often considered the face of the MLB and, although not loved by all, respected nonetheless. However, with Jeter’s exit, a new face will have to represent professional baseball in the United States. Right now, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is likely to do so.
It is only fitting that Trout is a huge Derek Jeter fan. Trout grew up in Vineland, N.J., idolizing the Yankee’s captain. Trout was only three years-old when Jeter began his career with New York. Now, Mike Trout has played alongside his favorite player on the American League All-Star team, something very few athletes can ever say they’ve done.
Trout became an everyday player for the Angels during the 2012 season. That year, Trout won the AL Rookie of the Year Award and finished as the runner-up for the AL Most Valuable Player Award to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. Trout once again finished second in the AL MVP voting again in 2013 behind Cabrera. Clearly, Trout has all the talent in the world and it is only a matter of time before he wins his first MVP award.
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Trout is hitting .310 with 23 homeruns and 74 runs batted in so far this season. The Halos trail the division-leading Oakland Athletics in the AL West by only a few games. A big reason for the Angels’ current position is the production Trout brings to the field on a nightly basis.
It is hard to imagine Trout getting better. Yet, at 22 years-old, there’s a very good chance Trout is not done improving his game. Some believe Trout is on pace to be the greatest player of all time.
Baseball will be losing one of its biggest heroes at the end of the season and fans will have to wave goodbye to Derek Jeter. Luckily, Trout may be the perfect replacement as the most well-known player in the MLB.