The Trout Factor
It’s not all about Ohtani in L.A. because they have another bonafide superstar in Mike Trout. He was MLB’s top player for the best part of a decade before Ohtani and Aaron Judge broke out. Astonishingly, Trout has only played in a single postseason series and that came to a miserable end. It’s a travesty because the Angels have two of MLB’s three best players but can’t win.
Maybe this three-time AL MVP deserves some criticism because he seems happy to accept mega contracts instead of winning. The nine-time Silver Slugger Award winner could also do more to raise his profile because most Americans don’t know his face. Nonetheless, there’s no denying that the Angels have wasted both him and Ohtani (via FanNation).