Mike Trout is one of the most exciting young players in baseball. An all-star in all six of his full seasons in the MLB, he burst onto the scene as the future face of the MLB.
The two-time MVP is an Eagle Athlete, and he displays some of the Eagle’s key characteristics, with his clean-cut attitude and appearance and his dedication to hard work on and off of the field.
Read about how Trout exemplifies the Eagle athlete type and ways and situations in which the Eagle mindset has helped propel him to the upper echelon of Major League Baseball.
Hard working. Humble. Optimistic. Clean Cut.
Mike Trout is baseball’s most notable and fitting Eagle athlete, as a player who has been getting Derek Jeter comparisons as the new face of baseball.
He has worked so hard to get to the point he’s at now, it seems like the game of baseball comes easily to him, something he says isn’t the case; “I take pride in everything I do,” Trout says ,”I work hard in the offseason and in the cage, but most of all it’s about having fun… and about competing, and doing what’s right for the team.”
It’s a work ethic that has allowed Trout to burst onto the Big League scene as a 20-year-old rookie in 2012, a rookie campaign that earned him Rookie of the Year honors, cementing him as one of baseball’s youngest and brightest stars.
For some players, this much exposure and success at such a young age may cause them to lose the work ethic and drive that got them to that point, especially in baseball– a sport where larger success and recognition comes later in a career.
This however, hasn’t been an issue for Trout; “As far as what he does on a day-to-day basis, nothing’s changed from the first day we saw him coming over for spring games when he was such a youngster,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He doesn’t take anything for granted.”
Trout’s quiet off the field persona has many fans saying he’s the next iteration of Derek Jeter, a cool, collected, hard working player who could function as the face of Major League Baseball– high praise for a player entering his age 26 season.
It’s a comparison that Trout obviously doesn’t take lightly, “Growing up I was setting goals for myself that if I ever get the chance to play in the big leagues, that’s how I want to play,” Trout said. “And the way he carries himself on and off the field, how he respects the game, always hustling, it doesn’t matter what the score is. If they are down 10 runs, he is always running the ball out. That’s how I want to play.”
This comparison to Jeter calls back to one of the signature attributes of Eagle athletes. They are very conscious of their reputation and public image, and Jeter and Trout appear to be similar with their clean-cut images.
“There are kids out there who are trying to get out here to the big leagues, just keep working hard, nothings impossible,” Trout says, “I’m out here just to play baseball. The other things will take care of themselves later.”