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There's been a lot of talk about all the young stars taking over baseball, and with Mike Trout looking like one of the best players in the league in just his second season...it's a pretty easy discussion to get wrapped up in. So along those lines, here's a look at seven young Major Leaguers who already look to have a shot at Cooperstown. 7. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman is the wildcard in this group, but if you take a look at baseball-reference.com, it's pretty clear that he's a promising young player. The Atlanta first baseman has raised this season's average to .315 (with 106 RBI) while cutting his strikeout rate. He's a solid defensive defender, he's only 24...and he's still improving. Not to mention he's on a franchise that will give him many opportunities to shine in the postseason. 6. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals It's tough to include Stephen Strasburg on this list given that he's under 25 and he's already had Tommy John surgery. But Strasburg is still so good when healthy, you have to give him a shot. Plus, he can get it done with the curveball, meaning he won't rely on declining velocity as much as some pitchers. 5. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs Statistically, Starlin Castro is behind Hall of Fame pace, so this is a bit of a reach. But here's the deal...Derek Jeter will be out of the game soon, and the Yankees will want a long-term solution at shortstop. The Cubs just showed a willingness to deal with New York in the Alfonso Soriano trade, so it's conceivable that the Yanks offer a haul for Castro and bring him into a situation where he can truly excel for the next 10-plus years. 4. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers Pitchers are tough to project, but Clayton Kershaw is so good and so consistent, that he's got a great shot at Cooperstown. Just take a look at the betting.betfair.com sports betting guide, where the Dodgers are considered heavy World Series favorites and know that it's in very large part thanks to Kershaw! 3. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles Somehow Manny Machado keeps flying under the radar. He's a physical beast, a fantastic fielder and a very promising hitter with some power. He's only 21, but Machado, should he bounce back from his recent injury, will be very good for a long time. 2. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig may have cooled off a bit from his scorching start, but he is still a big reason the Dodgers are looking like the best team in the MLB. And the idea that a 22-year-old hitting over .325 with a .546 slugging pct. can still get better is frightening. 1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels No one tops Mike Trout. He's been a legitimate MVP candidate in each of his first two seasons. Plus, he has that intangible quality that makes for a truly special baseball player...he looks to be insanely competitive and fun-loving all at the same time. Trout could be the face of the coming generation of baseball.
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Mike Trout is still under the Los Angeles Angels’ control for another four seasons and quite a ways away free agency. He and his agent have not talked with the team about a possible contract extension, insisting that they will be patient. Another concern for the Angels is that Trout seems open to the possibility […]
Mike Trout is positioning himself for a huge contract, one that should top 100 million and could push 200 million if he is willing to sign for nine or 10 years, but neither the star outfielder nor the Angels are in any hurry to make a deal.
I'll answer one question on contract talks there have been no discussions, said Craig Landis, Trout's agent. Obviously, Mike's...
Angels fans are concerned that if the club’s front office doesn’t get serious and start taking care of Mike Trout, the young phenom may bolt when free agency arrives.
But the Angels may have already let this one get away.
Trout is already talking about looking elsewhere when free agency arrives, despite this season being just his second year in the big leagues and the fact that...
Mike Trout is positioning himself for a huge contract one that should top $100 million and could push $200 million if he is willing to sign for nine or 10 years but neither the star outfielder nor the Angels are in any hurry to make a deal.
“I'll answer one question on contract talks — there have been no discussions” said Craig Landis Trout's agent. “Obviously Mike...
Winter is coming. The Angels will soon enter into a crucial off-season where they need to revamp their roster in a hurry so that they can contend for the World Series in 2014. They've got several roster holes to fill and limited money and prospect resources with which to fill them. But they also have one other very important item to tick off of their agenda: signing Mike Trout...
The September 26th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including no extension talks for Trout (yet), Trout wins team MVP and much more...
The Story: Mike Trout and the Angels have yet to discuss a long-term contract.
The Monkey Says: PANIC!!!!!! THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or just calm down. This isn't the time of year where these talks happen...
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Watching Angels' All-Star outfielder Mike Trout maneuvering through his pregame preparation can best be described in one word: intense.
Whether it's putting on his uniform or getting ready to take batting practice, the 22-year-old is doing it with a purpose. The two-time team MVP obviously has a place he goes where most of us have never been, explaining...
Home-field advantage is a strange concept, or should I say, a strange reality. It doesn’t really matter, for our purposes, why it exists — it just matters that it exists. It’s there, all of the time, in every single baseball game, and while I wouldn’t say it’s an unspoken thing, it’s seldom thought of in depth. A team playing at home has an advantage it wouldn’t have...
Mike Trout was not in the starting lineup for the Angels' home finale Wednesday, and how did Manager Mike Scioscia explain that to the fans looking forward to seeing the best player in baseball one last time this season?
"He's played about 80 games here," Scioscia said. "He's played a lot. It's a day off that is long overdue for him."
Wednesday’s weather forecast in Anaheim called for mostly sunny skies with a 100 percent chance of man thigh.
As part of the annual rite of passage, the Angels rookies were forced to don outlandish costumes as the team embarked on its final road trip of the season.
This year’s theme? Water polo.
The young guns were given personalized Speedos and bathing caps to wear for the trip...
Angels Nation Talk wants to gear you up for the 2014 season! Here’s the contest…
It’s so simple: Create a video entree explaining why YOU deserve to be the winner of a Mike Trout RareInk Print, two Spring Training tickets, and the chance to ask an interview question at ST!
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It's that magical time of the year again, folks.
It's the time where Major League Baseball clubs initiate their rookies through the age old practice of hazing.
The latest incident of hazing involves the Los Angeles Angels veterans forcing the youngsters to dress up in speedos and skullcaps to represent a water polo squad.
Mike Trout appeared to really...
The September 25th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Scioscia still committed to the Angels, Mike Trout's opening act and much more...
The Story: Mike Scioscia still doesn't know if he'll be retained, but is remains committed to the Angel organization.
The Monkey Says: It is intriguing that Scioscia still doesn't know what Moreno...
by Glen McKee, AngelsWin.com Columnist & Satirist -
In a handful of days Angels baseball will be over for 2103. It’s a semantic distinction; meaningful Angels baseball has been over for at least a month now, and posters on Angelswin.com have been reduced to arguing about Cowgill versus Shuck in the starting lineup, why Calhoun wasn’t starting every day, and what the...