Mike Trout: 2019 was ‘my best year’ amid Angels’ rough season
Mike Trout opened up on Wednesday about the season that was for the Los Angeles Angels. While the season again ended in disappointment for the team, not to mention himself, Trout nevertheless feels he put up the “best year” of his career.
Trout’s 2019 campaign was cut short due to injury. Having last played on Sept. 7, the Angels slugger ultimately dealt with a painful right foot by undergoing surgery last Friday.
Addressing the media for the first time since the procedure, Trout admitted it was a tough season for the Angels, and not just because the team is missing out on the postseason for the fifth consecutive year, which has become a troublesome trend during his amazing career.
Certainly far more devastating for the Angels was the shocking death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs in July.
Trout entered the interview room with the aid of a scooter on Wednesday and spoke to reporters about the Angels’ tough and frustrating season.
Mike Trout rolled into the interview room on a scooter to address media for the first time since surgery. Here he is rolling out pic.twitter.com/aIr1TYAiiZ— Maria Torres (@maria_torres3) September 25, 2019
“It was obviously a tough year for the whole club, the whole team,” Trout said, voice steady and eyes clear, per Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times. “Losing Tyler was tough. … The time when Tyler passed, that was the time for me to step up and take that [leadership] role.
“I think Tyler would want that. We were going through something I wouldn’t wish on anybody. We were going through tough times, and I felt like the team needed it and needed that guy to come out there and talk.”
On the field and at the plate, Trout enjoyed one of the finest seasons of his career. Slashing at a .291/.438/.645 clip with a 1.083 OPS, Trout hit 45 homers and drove in 104 RBI in 134 games.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Trout indicated Wednesday that even he felt he was enjoying a remarkable season.
“I feel like this is my best year,” Trout said. “Obviously, it sucks I’m not playing the last few weeks.”