CAMP VIDEO: Trout Against The Wind

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Want to see how Mike Trout plans on following up his AL MVP season in 2015? His bat has quite a few things to say on the matter.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Midway through Saturday’s workout, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia challenged reigning MVP Mike Trout to a four-swing home run derby, of sorts. Trout and a teammate of his choosing would each get four swings, against a pair of other Angels who each would also get four swings. Trout put two of the first three balls out with relative ease, seeing as no other Angel could get a ball over the fence on field three of the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex, due to the wind.

Trout’s fourth swing looked to be another sure bomb, and he raised his arms in celebration. But, as Trout exited the cage, the ball hit off the top of the wall. Scioscia wanted to penalize his star for “premature pimping,” but the ruling wasn’t upheld, though much ribbing was had by those in Trout’s hitting group, at Trout’s expense.

Trout is every inch the natural talent the baseball world knows him to be, but he’s also one of the hardest working guys in the game. While most of his teammates went back to the clubhouse, showered, got treatment, ate and went home, Trout hit the weight room with gusto. He won’t get burned by premature pimpage again, wind or no wind.

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