February 27, 2021

Carig: Mike Trout uncharacteristically takes aim at Astros, Rob Manfred (The Athletic)

TEMPE, Ariz. — Mike Trout, fairly or not, has been made into the poster boy for baseball’s personality problem. Rob Manfred had something to do with it. A few years back, the commissioner criticized the Angels’ star for not doing enough to promote the game. It was a reference to Trout’s perceived public blandness. Indeed, Trout’s allergy to saying anything remotely controversial has been well documented.

But on Monday morning, Trout seized the megaphone that comes with being the best player in baseball, then delivered a pointed message. He declared his belief that the Astros are cheaters, that Manfred should have punished the players responsible for one of the biggest scandals in the history of the sport, and that he looks upon the 2017 World Series championship with suspicion.

“You don’t know what helped them or what not,” Trout said. “But if you know what’s coming, it’s going to definitely help you. It’s tough. Taking a trophy away, taking…

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