Signs contract extension with Angels, homers in first at-bat
The slugger got the season off to a grand start for the Angels before it began by signing a six-year, $144.5 million contract days before Opening Day. With the ink barely dry, Trout hit a two-run home run off Seattle's Felix Hernandez in the opener at Angel Stadium, igniting quite a celebration. It was a precursor of 35 more home runs for Trout and 111 RBI.
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Trout hits 489-yard rocket home run in Kansas City
Mike Trout wowed with his 36 home runs, but perhaps the most impressive was his 489-foot shot into the fountains at Kauffman Stadium for the longest homer there in eight years. The homer – hit off Jason Vargas – seemingly could've landed onto I-70, which runs behind the stadium. He unloaded on a fastball for a towering home run we won’t soon forget.
Trout wins MVP of All-Star Game
The All-Star Game was also known as the ceremonial passing of the torch from the retiring Derek Jeter to the then 22-year-old Trout as the new face of baseball. Trout didn't disappoint. He went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBI to lead the American League to victory. He won the All-Star trophy and chose the Corvette prize over the truck, much to the delight of his mom. He surely won the hearts of many baseball fans nationally, too.
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Trout is the MVP of autograph signing
Mike Trout is an MVP for fans, too, as he signs autographs every game during batting practice, often times for 20 minutes or more. He's a constant for putting smiles on the faces of children, both at home and on the road. He even spent plenty of time signing for Royals fans before Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs in Kansas City. Taking the time to do things for others is one of the many admirable things about Trout. His off-field accomplishments are as likeable as those on the field.
Oh, what a(nother) great catch!
In addition to Trout's fireworks at the plate, he made dozens of incredible diving catches in center field. He saved one of his best catches for last in September, a leaping, no-look catch on a ball hit by Kendrys Morales that he had misjudged in Seattle. He managed to fling his arm behind his head and snagged the ball, creating a brilliant photo opportunity as well. There were many spectacular defensive plays, but this insanely athletic play was particularly jaw-dropping.
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Grand slam off Sale was more than a bargain
There was no June gloom as Mike Trout hit a grand slam off White Sox pitcher Chris Sale in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at 5-5. Grand slams are impressive in their own right, but Trout hit this one on a 3-2 changeup and powered it into left-center field at Angel Stadium. His heroics set the stage for the comeback, which the Angels won, 6-5.
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Trout does bow-and-arrow routine mocking Rodney
During a July game against Seattle, reliever Fernando Rodney came in for relief in the eighth inning. He did his typical bow-and-arrow routine even though the game wasn’t over. In the ninth, Trout drew a lead-off walk and scored on an Albert Pujols double. When he crossed home plate, Trout mimicked Rodney with the bow-and-arrow routine to Pujols at second, and Pujols did it back. All in fun, everyone said. It was a fun side to see of Trout.