TEMPE, Ariz. — Mike Trout has played 55 games at Minute Maid Park in Houston since his rookie season in 2011, but said he didn’t remember hearing any trash can banging when he met with the media on Monday morning.
He recalled hearing something of more significance.
“I noticed the banging on the bat,” Trout said. “It just feels like they weren’t missing pitches.”
Trout, the Los Angeles Angels center fielder who is widely considered the face of baseball, joined the long list of established major league players taking pointed shots at the Houston Astros, who have been tainted by the cheating scandal that might have helped them secure the 2017 World Series championship.
Trout’s Angels weren’t impacted by the Astros’ sign-stealing methods during the postseason, but as a division rival that plays them nearly 20 times each season, they might have been among those most affected.
“It’s sad for baseball,” Trout said. “It’s tough. They cheated. I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. It was a player-driven thing. It sucks, too, because guys’ careers have been affected, a lot of people lost jobs. It was tough. Me going up to the plate knowing what was…