The recent history of MLB changed when the Los Angeles Angels made a specific roster move.
It happened exactly 10 years ago Thursday: they recalled outfielder Mike Trout from Triple-A to play in the major leagues.
“10 years ago tomorrow, the @Angels made this transaction. @MLB hasn’t been the same since. @MLBNetwork @MikeTrout,” MLB insider Jon Morosi tweeted, with a picture of the move.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 27, 2022
“Los Angeles (AL) – Recalled outfielder Mike Trout from Triple-A Salt Lake Bees. Released outfielder Bobby Abreu,” the statement read.
Bobby Abreu…what a player he was!
The Angels released a Hall of Fame candidate to recall a Hall of Fame lock.
The Angels Haven’t Really Taken Advantage Of Trout’s MLB Tenure Results-Wise
It should have been a franchise-altering move, but the Angels never really surrounded Trout with a solid team that let him fight for the World Series title.
They are trying to do that now, and they still have time: Trout is, amazingly, still in his prime.
From that 2012 call-up (it wasn’t his MLB debut, because that came in 2011, on a failed stint in which he didn’t really perform well) to this day, the All-Star outfield has achieved many things.
Trout is a nine-time All-Star, a three-time American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP), and an eight-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award.
For his career, he is slashing .305/.419/.585 with an incredible 1.004 OPS.
Most players would give their right arm to have a season with at least a 1.000 OPS.
Trout is averaging that for his career.
Now that he plays with Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon, Jared Walsh and other talented hitters, and now that the Angels have decided to focus on improving the pitching talent in the organization, Trout could possibly dream about another postseason experience, one that he hasn’t enjoyed since 2014.
Hopefully he makes it, for the sake of baseball.