Los Angeles Angels celebrity Mike Trout has an fascinating takeaway from serving as Staff USA captain throughout this month’s World Baseball Traditional.
« You realize, I wanted this, » Trout admitted on Sunday, as shared by Jessica Kleinschmidt of The Comeback. « I wanted to play on this environment, I wanted to expertise it and be within the second. It made me take into consideration how unhealthy we need to get again within the playoffs. I clearly had it in ‘14, however [the WBC] environment was … as a baseball fan, as a competitor, that’s the place you need to play. You need to be in that second. »
As Trout alluded to, he final competed within the postseason within the fall of 2014. That have didn’t go because the three-time American League Most Helpful Participant would’ve appreciated, as he hit a dismal 1-for-12.
Together with Trout, New York Mets star slugger Pete Alonso has additionally in contrast enjoying for Staff USA within the WBC to taking part in a playoff collection. In contrast to Alonso, Trout realizes the Angels seemingly have to finish their prolonged postseason drought to have any probability of holding onto two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani.
Ohtani is eligible to hit free company after the upcoming marketing campaign and will earn as much as $600M in complete if he reaches the open market. Most just lately, he struck Trout out to clinch the WBC title for Staff Japan.
« It was a enjoyable battle, » Trout stated of the showdown together with his membership teammate. « We had been each competing up there. That was my first time seeing him, clearly. »
Trout additionally confirmed beforehand reported information that he plans to play for Staff USA within the 2026 WBC. One wonders if MLB commissioner Rob Manfred will use Trout to try to persuade extra stars to participate within the subsequent worldwide match even when it takes place lower than a month earlier than Opening Day of the 2026 season.