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Now that didn’t take very long.
A mere four years he graduated, Millville High School in New Jersey is naming its baseball field after its most famous alum, Mike Trout.
That’s gotta be some kind of record.
Trout had arguably the greatest rookie season in the history of baseball in 2012. He became the first player to hit over .325, hit 30 home runs and steal over 40 bases in one season, and did so in only 139 games. He was a unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year and finished second in the Most Valuable Player voting to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera.
Despite the abridged number of games, Trout led the American League in runs scored (126), stolen bases (49), wins above replacement (10.7) and OPS+ (171). (OPS+ is a player’s on-base percentage plus slugging percentage as adjusted for ballparks. The average is 100.) Most impressively, he did all that as the youngest player in the league.
According to the Philadelphia Enquirer, the Millville Board of Education approved a sponsorship deal with BodyArmor Superdrink, which Trout endorses, that includes a $10,000 donation for improvements to the field in concert with naming the ballpark after Trout.
Trout previously donated a $20,000 award to the school for other field refurbishments. He won the award for being named the Player’s Choice Rookie of the Year.
“Mike has helped us so much,” Trout’s high school coach, Roy Hallenbeck, told the Enquirer. “It sounds weird to say, but it’s not so much the physical help in terms of the money but just the fact that it meant enough to him when he was here that he wants to do these things.
“That has a great impact on everyone around here. We’re so proud of him.”
Maybe if he puts together anything close to last season, they’ll just name the whole town after him. Imagine, Trout, N.J.
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