07/18 19:56 CDT Angels praise Mike Trout for 'prioritizing personal values'
Angels praise Mike Trout for 'prioritizing personal values'
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) --- The Los Angeles Angels publicly praised Mike Trout
"for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion" a day
after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the All-Star outfielder would be
an even bigger star if he would spend more time marketing himself.
The team released a statement Wednesday congratulating Trout on his performance
in the All-Star Game in Washington then extolled the time he spends visiting
hospitals, schools and charities and the quality time he spends with family.
"We applaud him for prioritizing his personal values over commercial
self-promotion," the statement said. "That is rare in today's society and
stands out as much as his extraordinary talent."
A day earlier, Manfred said MLB was interested in having players more engaged
and in helping players develop their individual brands.
Manfred said Trout chooses not to spend his down time marketing.
"Mike's a great, great player and a really nice person, but he's made certain
decisions about what he wants to do and what he doesn't want to do, and how he
wants to spend his free time and how he doesn't want to spend his free time,"
Manfred said. "That's up to him. If he wants to engage and be more active in
that area, I think we could help him make his brand really, really big. But he
has to make a decision that he's prepared to engage in that area. It takes time
At 26, Trout is a two-time AL MVP and a seven-time All-Star. He homered off
Mets ace Jacob deGrom on Tuesday night in an 8-6 win in 10 innings.
Asked after the game about Manfred's comments, Trout said: "I keep telling you
guys, I do as much as I can. But it's a long baseball season. I got to pick and
choose when I want to do things and go from there."
Manfred's remarks struck a sour note with fans, some of whom took to social
media to say Trout was a great role model who should be left to live his life
as he pleases.
The Angels apparently concur. "His brand is built upon generously spending his
time engaging with fans, both at home and on the road, while remaining a
remarkable baseball player and teammate," the team said.
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