The Los Angeles Angels have fired back at the MLB (Major League Baseball) commissioner over his latest comments.
Mike Trout is that player in the middle of all of this drama as the center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels is a six-time MLB All-Star and has event won the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) award both in 2014 and 2016.
If you look back on it, it was a situation where he could’ve won it in 2012, 2013 and 2015 as he finished second in the race. Shame.
However, "The Millville Meteor” has had a great career that all started once he was the first-round pick by the Angels in the 2009 MLB draft and made a brief major league appearance in 2011.
Moving along, the following year he would became a regular player for the Angels as he would later win 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Award and looks to be staying there for a bit as he’s under contract through 2020.
He’s a special talent, there’s no doubt about that, and has received praise from both the mainstream media and sabermetricians for his athleticism on the field to the point where he is considered one of the most outstanding young players in the history of baseball.
Now to the drama. Earlier this week, before the All-Star Game, MLB commish Rob Manfred told the media that said that "player marketing requires one thing for sure -- the player."
"You cannot market a player passively. You can't market anything passively. You need people to engage with those to whom you are trying to market in order to have effective marketing. We are very interested in having our players more engaged and having higher-profile players and helping our players develop their individual brand. But that involves the player being actively engaged," he said to ESPN.
This led to the Angeles firing back with a statement on the situation that was plastered on their social media accounts.
"Combined with his talent, his solid character creates a perfect role model for young people everywhere. Each year, Mike devotes a tremendous amount of his time and effort contributing to our Organization and marketing Major League Baseball. He continually chooses to participate in the community, visiting hospitals, schools and countless other charities.
"One of Mike's traits that people admire most is his humility. His brand is built upon generously spending his time engaging with fans, both at home and on the road, while remaining a remarkable baseball player and teammate. In addition, Mike spends quality time as a husband, son, brother, uncle and friend. We applaud him for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion. That is rare in today's society and stands out as much as his extraordinary talent.”
"We applaud [Trout] for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion," the Angels said near the end of their statement. "That is rare in today's society and stands out as much as his extraordinary talent."