Los Angeles Angel outfield Mike Trout became a sensation in 2012 as he won the American League Rookie of the Year award and was the runner-up for AL Most Valuable Player award. Well you can add to Trout’s list of achievements as he broke a cycle record Tuesday.
According to ESPN, Not only did Trout hit for the cycle, which was the Angeles first since September 16th, 20006, he also became the youngest A.L. player and the third youngest in the major leagues to ever hit for the cycle.
“It was one of those nights,” Trout said. “I didn’t really think about it until about the eighth inning. And when I got on deck, I started feeling it a little bit. To be honest, I thought Josh was going to hit for the cycle after his those first two at-bats. I wasn’t thinking about myself.”
The cycle is one of the hardest things to accomplish in Major League Baseball. The reason is that batters only get a certain number at bats per a game, which is typically five or fewer.
Last night Trout went four of five as he struck out his first at bat. His second at bat during the third inning Trout hit an infield single. So, if Trout had hit the ball a little bit harder there is a good chance that he would have been out and never would have hit for the cycle.
Trout’s numbers are slightly down, but are still very good as he has a .294 batting average with nine homeruns and 34 runs batted in. That leaves one question left.
What is next?
By: Paul Kasprzak