Ok, not exactly.
In case you have been living under a rock, Mike Trout just signed a ridiculous 12 year deal worth a total of $430 million dollars yesterday. It’s natural to hone in on the sheer amount of cash the deal entails and tweets like these just make it all the more fun:
You can easily go down the rabbit hole of the (for lack of a better word) stupid money that baseball’s five-star man will be making over the next decade plus; but that isn’t the purpose of this article today.
So what is it then?
I’m disappointed in Mike Trout.
I know, I know, Mike will probably lose hours of sleep over my opinion whilst vacationing on his $100 million dollar yacht on his private island off the coast of Barbados- but just hear me out for a second.
Obviously, baseball has been struggling with the marketing of their greatest stars and I don’t think the talent/superstardom of Trout is even up for debate. After all, he is literally outpacing the Home Run King (yes, I know Barry was consuming more juice than a child with a sweet tooth in the latter stages of his career) when comparing their first seven seasons:
Ok, so where does the disappointment come in?
Trout undoubtedly secured his damn bag but the fact that he is basically locked in to spend the rest of his career with the
Anaheim Angels Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is a massive disappointment to me. It is the safe and smart move but I can’t stand the idea of the best player in baseball playing for one of the most irrelevant franchises in the MLB. Baseball is not a sport where one player can win a championship (a truly shocking concept) and I would hate to see Trout never have a shot at one with an overall mediocre Angels team who now has poured $430 million into one guy- granted the best in the game. But more so than the shot at a championship is my desire to see Trout play in a city that actually cares about their team.
The Angels aren’t even the most popular team in LA.
God forbid that Trout took fewer years and made $200-$300 million+ dollars to play in a big market. I know that is a significant pay cut in terms of baseball money. Especially because it would essentially be for legacy. But with that being said, you aren’t going to see me show any sympathy over a guy only making 2 or 3 hundred million vs. $430 million. It sounds ridiculous to me just typing it out.
The bottomline is this:
Mike Trout made the low risk-high reward play. He gets to live in LA, play with little amounts of media pressure, and in all likelihood- get a nice long vacation when playoff time rolls around. If the team somehow becomes good through the draft or smart acquisitions he will undoubtedly become a legend for sticking it through. But in my heart of hearts; I just don’t see that happening.
And the chance to witness a generational talent in a competitive and passionate market will be lost.