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Mike Trout on Rob Manfred’s remarks: ‘Everything is cool’

Mike Trout on Wednesday night attempted to downplay critical remarks made about him by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, saying in part, “Everything is cool.”

Manfred earlier this week seemingly questioned the Los Angeles Angels superstar’s commitment to marketing himself during comments made to the Baseball Writers’ Assn. of America. In essence, Manfred argued that in part explains Trout’s overall popularity beyond baseball fans.

“Mike’s a great, great player and a really nice person, but he’s made certain decisions about what he wants to do and what he doesn’t want to do, and how he wants to spend his free time and how he doesn’t want to spend his free time,” Manfred said. “That’s up to him.

“If he wants to engage and be more active in that area, I think we could help him make his brand really, really big. But he has to make a decision that he’s prepared to engage in that area. It takes time and effort.”

Trout wanted no part in igniting a war of words with Manfred.

Trout’s comments come on the heels of a scathing rebuttal to Manfred’s comments issued earlier Wednesday by the Angels organization, in which Trout is touted as “an exceptional ambassador for the game.”

Trout without question currently ranks among the best ballplayers in the world, if not the greatest. But his amazing exploits on the field are balanced by an unassuming personality and friendly demeanor. Manfred may have been trying to make a point in some respects to that component of Trout’s persona, but there arguably were much better ways to go about it.

Not that Trout is about to say anything controversial on the subject.