What makes Mike Trout baseball's most perfect player

There’s a lot to watch in any Nelson Agholor Authentic Jersey given game. What if we focused on one player, at one position, over a full nine innings? For this, we turned our eyes to the best player in baseball, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout. On May 19, we headed to Citi Field with the primary purpose of tracking Trout. If you want to watch the perfect player -- the LeBron James of his sport -- he's the one to pick. Nine days after we watched Trout, he tore a ligament in his thumb and missed nearly two months. When he returned, he didn't skip a beat. Part of the beauty of watching Trout is confirming http://www.philadelphiaeaglesauthorizedstore.com/nelson-agholor-jer... what so many observers tell us about him: he’s the same player every single day. "He is just the most consistent hitter, defender, player that plays baseball right now,” says Sunday Night Baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza. "He can do it all, all the time. I would tell someone watching him, 'Try to find a mistake.'" What did we find when we watched Trout before, during and after a game, at bat, in the field and on the bases? Spoiler alert: We didn’t find any mistakes, but we did get a good feel for what makes the two-time American League MVP great. If he wanted it to be, Trout’s batting practice could be among the most thrilling in baseball. But for the 26-year-old, it’s not about entertainment. “Getting loose, working Authentic Lee Roy Selmon Youth Jersey different things, working the other way, shooting the gaps, pulling the ball, feeling how your swing is,” Trout says, running through his decidedly practical BP checklist. In the first couple rounds, we see him hit a ball or two to the opposite field, and one on the ground in the hole between shortstop and third base. He takes maybe one big cut. In contrast, the hitter before him, Cameron Maybin, whacks away, going deep multiple times and hitting some mammoth shots to left center. The young kids in the front-row seats in left field call out “Trout!” when it’s his turn again, but they’re in the wrong spot. Trout's final three hacks look easy and effortless, but the ball soars -- one off the facing of http://www.tampabaybuccaneersauthorizedstore.com/lee-roy-selmon-jer... the third deck and another off the facing of the second deck, on back-to-back swings. These are the shots you'd expect from someone like Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton. With that, Trout’s pregame hitting is done, and it's like clockwork. One scout told us beforehand to expect this exact sequence of events, that it’s all part of Trout's plan. “That’s what the best do every day,” the scout said. What we learned: If he really wanted to, Trout could probably hit a home run as far as Judge did at Citi Field last Wednesday, a monster shot into the third deck measured at a stingy 457 feet. Instead, he has other priorities. Trout watches the hitter before him from a step in front of the on-deck circle. Before each pitch, he takes two phantom swings. When it’s his turn, it’s a 15-step walk to the plate. He gets in the batter's box, lightly taps both the plate umpire and the catcher with Dennis Byrd Youth Jersey his bat as a way of saying "hello." He then positions himself, his back foot touching the back corner of the box closest to home plate. He’s brave enough to stand close, but smart enough to stand at the back of the box, giving him the most time to see, and react to, a pitch. Trout is 6-foot-2, 235 pounds. He’s big, perhaps even linebacker-like, but he's not huge. His stance is menacing, though. He holds his hands out in front of his head and moves the bat back and forth, almost as if he’s starting to swing an axe. It's a more intimidating look than Trout had circa 2012, when he kept his hands behind his head, less visible to the pitcher. It also helps him get into a rhythm with his timing, so he can turn on pitches and hit them a long way. What we learned: The Trout pre-pitch routine is equal parts setup and intimidation. It provides him confidence. “Right now, Mike is really comfortable in http://www.jetsshopnfl.com/dennis-byrd-jersey_c-427.html the box,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia tells reporters. Adam Sherr, a 46-year-old attorney from Anaheim who now lives in Seattle, is in the Big Apple celebrating his 20th anniversary with his wife, Annette. He's at Citi Field specifically to see Trout. Sherr is 46 and can queue up an article on Trout from FiveThirtyEight on his phone at a moment’s notice, but part of him is still a 16-year-old, crushed as he watched his Angels blow the 1986 American League pennant against the Boston Red Sox. He says he loves watching Trout hit.

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