Major League superstar Mike Trout (32, LA Angels) decided to participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) for the first time in his 메이저사이트 life because the US national team won the 2017 tournament. 

On the 30th (Korean time), the US ‘Forbes’ introduced the background of Trout’s joining the 2023 WBC US team in detail through an article titled ‘Trout’s Change of Mind about the WBC’.

‘Forbes’ said, “Like many baseball players, Trout doesn’t like to get out of the routine.” “He had never participated in the WBC, let alone the All-Star Home Run Derby. “I was reluctant to leave the team during spring training to compete in the WBC, but I changed my mind this year and will serve as the captain of the United States in the WBC.”

Trout made his big league debut in 2011, and the following year, he recorded a batting average of 0.326, 30 homers, 83 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.963, becoming a top hitter in the major leagues. 3 American League MVP selections, 10 All-Star selections, 9 Silver Slugger selections, and 2 Hank Aaron Awards tell us what kind of player Trout is.

Last year, they also hit 40 homers and led the Angels’ batting line with teammate Shohei Ohtani (29), making their name known as the strongest duo in the American League. The 12-year, $430 million (approximately 527.7 billion won) super-large contract that the Angels have been investing in since 2019 is playing a worthy role.

Trout always kept his distance from the WBC and Home Run Derby, which could affect his performance and physical condition. Since the WBC is held a month before the opening of the major league regular season, the pace has to be raised faster than in previous years, and the Home Run Derby has been refused participation because it could cause subtle changes in the swing mechanism. In the case of the 2017 WBC, he considered participating in the U.S. national team until the last minute, but ended up not attending.  

But Trout regretted his decision while watching the 2017 WBC on TV. The United States finally lifted the WBC championship trophy in the 2017 tournament after overcoming the pain of being eliminated in the second round of the 2006 invitational tournament, the semifinals of the 2009 tournament, and the second round of the 2013 tournament.

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