Otto Greule Jr
Angels CF Mike Trout discussed winning the AL Rookie of the Year, the MVP race, and a potential position switch during a conference call on Monday.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout spoke with the media during a conference call on Monday to discuss his amazing rookie season, his chances for post season awards, and a potential for a position change in the future. Trout was awarded the AL Rookie of the Year award on Monday in a unanimous vote, and may win the Most Valuable Player award over Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, who won the Triple Crown.
On what winning both the Rookie of the Year and MVP what mean to him:
"It would just top it off. Coming into the year and coming into every year, my goal is to be the best player and to make the most impact as a player on the field. At the end of the year, just to be in the talk for MVP with these great guys like (Miguel) Cabrera, who hit for the triple crown, is an incredible feeling."
Trout hit .326 with a .399 on-base percentage, 30 home runs and 83 RBIs in 2012. He also stole 49 bases.
Trout was heralded for his defense, although he may move from center field to left field at some point in the future. His thoughts on that:
"I definitely like playing center field better, but if it will help the team win, I will play wherever (Mike) Scioscia puts me. Just being out there is all that matters."
Despite the amazing start to his career, Trout still thinks that there are things he could improve on:
"There’s definitely things to improve on and get better at each and every day. Coming in to spring, I want to try and stay healthy. The last couple of springs, it has been a slow start. The main thing is defensively, with arm accuracy. I’m going to work really hard in the spring to get that as high as it can be."