Mike Trout hit a home run that sailed 489 feet last Friday. Surely, he’s a shoo-in for being the top contender at Monday’s home run derby.
“It’s something I want to do, definitely,” he told the Los Angeles Times, before adding, “Later in my career.”
When it comes to participating in Monday’s home run derby, however, Trout, who is batting .314 with a team-high 18 home runs and 59 runs batted in, is still undecided.
“I don’t know yet, to tell you the truth,” Trout told the Times. “It’s kind of a weird topic for me right now. I have mixed feelings. I want to do it and I don’t want to do it.”
While nearly every baseball fan wants the 22-year-old to show off his skills, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia has his reservations about the derby, which takes place the day before the all-star game. He told the Times:
“As a fan, you’re interested in it, it’s a fun part of the All-Star experience, but I know the grind it takes to go through that, and it’s affected more players’ second halves than helped players. … I don’t think it’s as much the changing of the swing. It’s the volume of full-gorilla swings. It’s a lot of swings in a short amount of time. It’s like you’re on a driving range; you’re not finessing. They’re letting the shaft out from the beginning. It takes a toll on your body.”
Trout, however, dismissed concerns that he doesn’t want to want to participate because he’s afraid of physical damage. Instead, he seems more concerned about making sure to get a bit of time off while traveling to and from Minnesota to take part in the All-Star game.
“[T]he all-star break is time to relax, to take batting practice and enjoy the derby. I have a good time watching it,” Trout said.
The Angels are set to take on the White Sox in Chicago on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m.