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Shocker: The Angels call up Mike Trout

Jul 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

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Mike Trout doesn’t turn 20 for another month.* But as of today, he’s a major leaguer.

We certainly weren’t expecting that so soon. But with Peter Bourjos suffering from a hamstring injury and the surging Angels merely a game back of the Rangers in a surprisingly competitive AL West, the front office in Anaheim apparently figured it had nothing to lose. Trout got the callup from Double-A late last night and will be available for Friday’s game against the Mariners.

Depending on who you listen to, Trout is either the top prospect or maybe the second best prospect in all of baseball. I don’t do the prospect rankings thing, but it’s hard for me to see him as anything but the best right now. He was hitting .330/.422/.544 in a league full of guys older than him, having smacked nine homers and stolen 28 bases in 36 attempts. He has power, patience, speed and can play defense. There’s nothing not to like.

He has played center almost exclusively in the minors and has some serious range, so I would assume he’ll simply take Bourjos’ place in center for Anaheim too. Although I suppose there’s a chance that Mike Scioscia decides to put Torii Hunter back in center and let Trout play in the corner because sometimes managers do that with youngsters. Back in 1996 Andruw Jones could probably cover all three outfield positions by himself but Bobby Cox put him in right field because, well, I don’t know why.

That’s a minor detail, however. The big deal here is that Angels fans get to see the future. Now.

*We’ve officially entered the era in which every new callup makes me feel like an old fart. I had already graduated high school when Mike Trout was born. Maybe more jarring: Mike Trout was born one month and seventeen days before Nirvana’s “Nevermind” was released. Or, if you prefer, a month and ten days before GnR’s “Use Your Illusion” albums were released. Although the former example makes me feel older.

  1. JBerardi - Jul 8, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Gentlemen, to your fantasy leagues!

  2. flaviusflav - Jul 8, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    I’m hoping they start to go with the Rally Fish now. Would love to see a stadium full of people waving around fish dolls by the tail…

    • JBerardi - Jul 8, 2011 at 8:57 AM

      They could go with the “Rally 1040EZ form” at this point and it’d be more exciting than that damned monkey. That thing has been played out for a decade now.

      • Phillies Homer - Jul 8, 2011 at 9:34 AM

        Hey… accounting can be exciting… just the other day I got a phone call from a client asking about the tax implications of rolling over a 403(b) into a regular IRA and…

        dammit… accounting is never exciting…

      • pauleee - Jul 8, 2011 at 12:05 PM

        Truer words have never been spoken. Doesn’t mean it’s going anywhere though.

    • Roger Moore - Jul 8, 2011 at 10:09 AM

      They could come out with a Tim Salmon model for old timers day.

  3. SmackSaw - Jul 8, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    I hope they give him Tim Salmon’s old number.

  4. kinggeorge96 - Jul 8, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Too bad the Mc’D filet of fish spokes-fish was a bass and not a trout… Gimme back that filet o fish. gimme that fish! Ahhhhh…

  5. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 8, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    How did Millville, NJ produce this beast of an athlete and such a respectful superstar? I hope he tears this league apart…then apart again.

    • nocryinginbaseball07 - Jul 8, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      Living in the next town over from Millville, we’ve been following this local hero’s rapid rise with great excitement. He’s a class act – can’t wait to see how he handles the Biggs!

  6. gammagammahey - Jul 8, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Huh. The Use Your Illusions always seemed like they were older albums to me than Nevermind (and not just by a week). Maybe it’s because G’nR were still being pretty hyped at that point whereas Nirvana may have taken a little longer to catch on after Nevermind came out.

  7. cosanostra71 - Jul 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    so excited to see what he can do!

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