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2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Mike Trout

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Mike Trout

Topps’ All-Rookie Team means a lot of different things to a lot of different collectors.  But, one thing is for certain – If your card is tagged with the All-Rookie Team logo, you did something during your first season in the big leagues to make yourself stand out from the rest.

And for that reason alone, I can totally support a set of cards that picks ‘The Best Of The Best’ from these teams.

In 2014, Topps issued a subset in their Series 1 release that took one player at each position, naming them to the ‘Topps All Rookie Cup Team’.

Representing one of the three outfielder positions is Mike Trout:

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While it was just two seasons ago that Mike Trout debuted in the big leagues, he has clearly made a name for himself.  And quickly too!

His numbers from his 2012 rookie campaign include: .326 batting average, .399 on-base percentage, 315 total bases including 27 doubles, 8 triples, and 30 home runs.  Trout stole 49 bases and was caught just 5 times.  He scored a league leading 129 runs for the Angels.

Trout was named as an All-star in 2012 while also winning a Silver Slugger Award, a Rookie Of The Year Award, and finishing in second place for the AL MVP.

 

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Los Angeles Angels & Mike Trout Agree On 6-Year, $144 Million Dollar Extension

Los Angeles Angels & Mike Trout Agree On 6-Year, $144 Million Dollar Extension

From Yahoo Sports

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels agreed Friday night to a $144.5 million, six-year contract, keeping baseball’s brightest young star under club control through 2020.

The Angels said the 22-year-old outfielder and his family will be at a news conference Saturday in Anaheim to formally announce the contract along with owner Arte Moreno, manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto.

Few players in major league history have approached Trout’s accomplishments in his first two full major league seasons. The speedy center fielder is both a spectacular five-tool player and the darling of baseball’s sabermetrics crowd, putting up old-fashioned highlights and statistical superlatives on a weekly basis.

”I think everybody is obviously thrilled that it got done,” Scioscia said at Dodger Stadium after the Angels’ exhibition game, which Trout missed with a stomach virus. ”He’s a special player and a special person.”

The Millville, N.J., product was a unanimous choice for AL Rookie of the Year in 2012, and he finished second in AL MVP voting to Miguel Cabrera the past two years.

Trout’s deal came on the same day Cabrera finalized a $292 million, 10-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, the richest contract in American sports.

The free-spending Angels were determined to reward Trout while locking up their prized possession beyond his first few years of eligibility for arbitration and free agency. Los Angeles has been quietly negotiating with Trout’s representatives throughout spring training, and the club closed the deal three days before opening day at Angel Stadium.

Trout agreed on Feb. 26 to a $1 million, one-year contract for 2014, much more than the Angels were required to offer him. His new deal runs from 2015-20.

The outfielder would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time after this season, and for free agency following the 2017 World Series. Now, he can’t become a free agent until at least age 29.

It’s the latest big-money deal for the Angels, who are entering the third season of a $240 million, 10-year contract with first baseman Albert Pujols, the second season of a $125 million, five-year agreement with outfielder Josh Hamilton and the third season of an $85 million, five-year contract with pitcher Jered Weaver.

But while the Angels’ deals for Pujols and Hamilton have been criticized for their lavish nature and the thirty-something sluggers’ ensuing lack of production, Los Angeles is locking up Trout early in an uncommonly promising career.

Trout’s contract isn’t worth as much as Cabrera’s lavish deal in Detroit, but it still would allow Trout to hit free agency at an age when he could still be in the prime of his career.

And when his new deal ends, Trout will still be younger than the 30-year-old Cabrera is now.

Trout’s average salary of $24,083,333 under the new deal is ninth in the majors, trailing only those of Clayton Kershaw, Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, Justin Verlander, Ryan Howard, Hamilton, Felix Hernandez and Zack Greinke.

Trout is batting .314 with 62 homers and 196 RBIs in just 336 career games, including 40 games in 2011. The speedy center fielder also has stolen 86 bases while playing stellar defense and making two All-Star teams, starting for the AL last summer.

He is one of four players in baseball history to bat .320 with 50 homers and 200 runs in his first two full seasons, joining Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Pujols.

Trout has accomplished just about everything except team success during his short major league career. The Angels have missed the playoffs in four consecutive seasons, and they finished 78-84 last year, their worst record in a decade.

The deal provides huge security for Trout. He received a bonus of $1,215,000 when he signed after the Angels selected him with the 25th overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft. He made $482,500 two years ago and earned a $10,000 bonus for winning the rookie award, then was unilaterally renewed by the Angels last year at $510,000 – $20,000 above the big league minimum at the time.

That deal sparked criticism from many Angels fans who thought Trout deserved more compensation for his outstanding play. They also worried the relatively meager deal – and the Angels’ decision to move Trout from his preferred center field to left last season – might sour the budding superstar on the team.

Trout is back in center field this season, and Moreno made sure Trout couldn’t doubt the Angels’ financial commitment to him.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Mike Trout

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Mike Trout

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Mike Trout from the set:

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Mike Trout is ‘Mr. Baseball’ right now.  He is the young face of the game, and he has yet to do anything to deter anyone from latching on and enjoying the show that he puts on.

There is nothing that Trout cannot do on the baseball field.  He is electric in the outfield.  He is explosive on the base paths.  And at the age of 21 he is getting the experience to become an elite hitter of the baseball.

If the Angels are going to become a playoff team again, it will be on the shoulders of Mike Trout.

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Mike Trout

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Mike Trout

Topps’ Gypsy Queen brand offers up some pretty sweet 10-card subsets that feature intense action.

One of my favorite parts about the GQ subsets is that they don’t simply throw in the top players – they truly find incredible images regardless of the player’s star power.  What this does is introduce us to other talents that perform at high levels while also allowing for players that are not always in the spotlight a chance to shine for a bit.

The ‘Glove Stories’ set primarily features outfielders with 8 cards, and has 2 infielder cards as well.

This is the Mike Trout card from the set:

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This play could easily be the most shown and watched highlight from the 2012 major league baseball regular season.  Between the ground covered and the height at which Mike Trout leaped to secure haul in the ball, the baseball world stared in awe.

And ever since this single moment, Mike Trout has taken more and more steps to becoming the face of major league baseball and a household name.

Mike Trout Is Unanimous Selection As American League’s Rookie Of The Year

Mike Trout Is Unanimous Selection As American League’s Rookie Of The Year

From Yahoo.com

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels became the youngest AL Rookie of the Year, a unanimous winner Monday after a season that put him in contention for the MVP award, too.

The 21-year-old center fielder hit .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs following his call-up from the minor leagues in late April.

Trout received all 28 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, becoming the eighth unanimous AL pick and the first since Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria in 2008.

Detroit second baseman Lou Whitaker had been the youngest AL winner in 1978, but he was 2 months, 26 days older than Trout when he took home the award.

Trout received the maximum 140 points. Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was second with 63, followed by Texas pitcher Yu Darvish (46), who joined Trout as the only players listed on every ballot.

In addition to Trout and Longoria, the only other unanimous AL winners were Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Jeter, Tim Salmon, Sandy Alomar Jr., Mark McGwire and Carlton Fisk.

Trout spent some time in the majors last year but still retained his rookie status. He began this season in the minors and made his first big league appearance this year on April 28. His season put him in contention for the AL MVP award along with Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of Detroit. That voting is announced Thursday.

For winning the award, Trout earned a $10,000 bonus on top of his $482,500 salary.

 

Los Angeles Angels Trade For Zach Greinke. Does This Punch Their Ticket To The World Series???

Los Angeles Angels Trade For Zach Greinke.  Does This Punch Their Ticket To The World Series???

Aggressive over the winter, when they spent big for Albert Pujols, the Los Angeles Angels struck again at the trading deadline on Friday, reportedly acquiring right-hander Zack Greinke from the Milwaukee Brewers.

First reported by Fox Sports, the Angels were to send infielder Jean Segura and two minor-league pitchers to the Brewers for Greinke, the best pitcher available at the deadline. Due to become a free agent after the season, Greinke was 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 21 starts for the Brewers. He was the American League Cy Young Award winner in 2009 and twice has won as many as 16 games.

Greinke resisted a contract extension, believed to be for $100 million over five seasons, and therefore became expendable for the fading Brewers, who have lost seven consecutive games.

Segura, one of the Angels’ top prospects, was called up when shortstop Erick Aybar was injured. He played in one game.

In a season they expected to challenge the Texas Rangers in the AL West, the Angels have found themselves short on starting pitching. Ervin Santana has a 6.00 ERA, Dan Haren has endured back pain and spent time on the disabled list, and the fifth place in the rotation has bounced between rookie Garrett Richards and journeyman Jerome Williams.

When Cole Hamels signed this week with the Philadelphia Phillies for $144 million over five years, the contract impacted Greinke in two ways. First, it became clear the Brewers could not afford him if Greinke sought full market value. Second, Greinke became the most notable starting pitcher on the market. Also, it could have allowed Brewers general manager Doug Melvin to play the Angels off the Rangers, who also were in the market for a starting pitcher.

Greinke was due to pitch again Sunday, leading to speculation he would be traded before then. He has pitched once since July 13, when he was shut down for a full start to recover from fatigue.

In his final start for the Brewers, Greinke allowed three hits and one run over seven innings to the Phillies.

Angels’ Ervin Santana Hurls Third No-Hitter Of 2011

CLEVELAND — It hasn’t been his best year by a long stretch, but Angels right-hander Ervin Santana didn’t alter his style one stitch in delivering the first no-hitter of his life on Wednesday.

“I didn’t change anything,” Santana said in the afterglow of a 3-1 decision against the Indians in front of 21,546 at Progressive Field. “That’s how I pitch. Everything just worked out.”

It came with relative ease, requiring only one exceptional defensive play. Second baseman Howard Kendrick went behind the bag to take a hit away from rookie Jason Kipnis, who was leading off the sixth inning. Santana boxed around a hard grounder by the next hitter, Austin Kearns, before throwing him out.

“Howie’s play was the only one that could have been a hit — that’s dominating,” said Angels right fielder Torii Hunter, who doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on a passed ball. “Ervin was amazing today. You love playing behind a guy like that.”

Santana appeared barely to work up a good sweat in throwing 105 pitches, 76 in the strike zone. His fastball command was razor-sharp, and he mixed in enough sliders and changeups to keep hitters off balance in striking out 10 with one walk.

“Everybody dreams about it,” Santana said. “I’ve never done it. It’s a dream come true. I have to enjoy it.”

This is a man of few words or visible emotions, as relaxed and laid-back as a tourist on a hammock in his native Dominican Republic.

But the heart of a competitor clearly beats within, and Santana went for it with some fire, striking out five of the last eight men he faced. The no-hitter was finalized when center fielder Peter Bourjos squeezed Michael Brantley’s fly ball.

Santana, whose wild pitch yielded an unearned run in the first after an error by shortstop Erick Aybar, faced only two hitters over the minimum.

The pace was swift and decisive, Santana keeping his defense alert as he worked beautifully in tandem with catcher Bobby Wilson.

“He’s always that way — no stress, nice and easy,” Wilson said after handling Santana’s masterpiece in his 10th start of the season behind the plate. “I didn’t see any difference in his demeanor, other than going after hitters more.

“We talked about attacking hitters. ‘Don’t give them too much credit. You’re here for a reason. Obviously, you have the stuff. Trust it and go after guys.’

“That’s what Ervin did, and if he keeps doing it, he’ll have a better chance every time he goes out there.”

Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who, in his playing days, caught no-hitters by Fernando Valenzuela and Kevin Gross with the Dodgers, applauded the poise of his battery and the quality of the pitcher-catcher relationship that he labels the foundation of any club.

“Those guys did an incredible job of mixing speeds and pitches,” Scioscia said. “In the game, there were adjustments. Those two guys talk every inning about who’s coming up. You’re just trying to win the game.

“Ervin’s fastball command was as good as I’ve seen since he’s been in the big leagues. He pitched inside well. Those guys had a beautiful game plan, from pitch one to 105. Part of that is you’re looking for that cherry on top, and Ervin delivered it.”

Indians manager Manny Acta watched co-aces Dan Haren and Jered Weaver work the first two games of the series, raving about the Angels’ rotation. Then came the grand finale.

“He’s always had good stuff,” Acta said of Santana. “I had him in winter ball before, and all that. He’s always had good stuff, but today he was just able to lock up those lefties. He always back-doored Travis [Hafner] with that slider for strike one or strike two, and he had a very good fastball. He was aggressive in the zone.

“I don’t know how early I could pinpoint no-hit stuff, because we see [Justin] Verlander quite often, and he always has it from inning one.”

It was the ninth no-hitter in franchise history and the first solo no-hitter by an Angels pitcher since Mike Witt’s perfect game against Texas on the final day of the 1984 season.

Mark Langston and Witt combined on a no-hitter in 1990 against Seattle. Nolan Ryan threw his first four no-hitters for the Angels. Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined on an eight-inning no-hitter in a loss to the Dodgers.

Santana was behind by a run as late as the fifth inning, which might have worked to his advantage in one way.

“Giving up that run in the first kind of took the pressure off,” Wilson said. “I wasn’t even thinking no-hitter. I was thinking, `Let’s keep this right here and get some runs.'”

Unfazed by Aybar’s error on Ezequiel Carrera’s grounder leading off the first inning and the run it created on a slider that evaded Wilson for a wild pitch, Santana set about the business of mowing down Indians hitters.

The Angels drew even in the fifth against southpaw David Huff (1-1) when Bourjos tripled off the left-field wall and scored on Mike Trout’s sacrifice fly.

Hunter opened the sixth with a double to center, taking third on Kendrick’s line-drive single to left center. With two outs, Joe Smith replaced Huff, and catcher Carlos Santana let a pitch get away from him for a passed ball, allowing Hunter to score with a head-first slide.

In the ninth, Bourjos singled home Kendrick, who’d walked and stolen second, for an insurance run against Chris Perez.

Santana had retired 15 in a row when Kipnis stroked a bullet headed toward center field leading off the sixth. Kendrick darted over and gloved it with a back-handed stab, throwing out Kipnis as first baseman Mark Trumbo dug it out on the short hop.

“I tried to hustle up the middle and get a glove on it,” Kendrick said. “Then I tried to get something on the throw. Trumbo made a nice play.

“It feels good to have something to do with a performance like that. That’s the best I’ve ever seen Ervin. His fastball was on the corners, he threw the changeup to lefties and that slider was nasty.”

Santana’s play and a strikeout finished the sixth, and Santana rolled through the seventh on two grounders and a strikeout of Hafner.

Santana struck out the side in the eighth, with Chisenhall drawing the lone Indians walk.

Santana had taken a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his previous start in Baltimore, losing it on a one-out double by Blake Davis.

A 17-game winner last season and a 2008 All-Star, Santana was 3-8 on June 21, mired in a funk. He has moved to 6-8 with three wins in his past five starts, gaining momentum along the way.

It crested on a warm Ohio day.

“In the seventh or eighth,” Santana said when asked when he began thinking about a no-hitter. “It was a normal game. I kept my mind on Bobby’s glove.”

Nice and simple game plan, very well executed.