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Mike Trout Apologizes To Umpire After Broken-Bat Single

by Tod Perry

May 10, 2018

One of baseball’s best players may also be its best person.

Six-time Major League Baseball All-Star Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has been called “everything good about his sport” by The New York Times. Although he rakes in millions playing in “The O.C.,” he still makes his home in the small town of Millville, New Jersey, and is married to his high school sweetheart.

“What’s nice about it is Mike is such a good person,” Jim Quinn, the former mayor of Millville, told NBC Sports. “You get some of these superstar athletes that have attitudes and aren’t really genuine, but Mike is a genuinely nice guy.”

For example, after hearing a Philadelphia-area family lost their home in a house fire before Christmas 2015, Trout showed up at their house with an armful of Christmas presents. “Your house burns down, you don’t have anything for Christmas, and all these people are giving, giving, giving, then bam! Mike Trout comes,” Barbara DeSimone said. “It’s like Santa Claus arrived.”

Mike Trout and a fan. Image via Keith Allison/Flickr.

But at a recent game in Denver, Colorado, against The Rockies, Trout proved that he’s a nice guy on the field as well.

In the third inning, Trout hit a broken-bat blooper into center field, and instead of hard-charging to first base, he took a moment to apologize to home-plate umpire Jerry Layne and Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta, though neither were injured on the play.

The notoriously-grumpy Brooklyn Dodger manager Leo Durocher is said to have coined the phrase, “Nice guys finish last,” but that doesn’t hold true for Trout. The Angels are currently a half-game behind the Astros in the AL West, and Trout is second in the AL in home runs (12), tied for seventh in batting average (.331), and tied for 13th in RBI (25).

Share image by Erik Drost/Flickr.

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