Mike Trout was visibly annoyed by teammate tipping pitches

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Nobody needs a vacation more than Mike Trout, a generational talent trapped on a hopelessly mediocre franchise staring down the barrel of another lost season. MLB recently expanded its postseason field to 12 teams, which technically puts Los Angeles just six games out of Wild Card position in the American League, though the Angels are fading fast, winning just nine of their last 33 games dating back to May 25th.

Since then, Los Angeles has fired Joe Maddon (owner of the world’s saddest mohawk), lost star third baseman Anthony Rendon to wrist surgery and taken out its collective anger on a division rival, fighting the Seattle Mariners in one of the most unhinged brawls you’ll ever see on a major-league diamond. The seeds for that scrap, which resulted in 12 suspensions and a potentially season-ending injury to reliever Archie Bradley (currently feeling the effects of a fractured elbow), were planted Saturday when Mariners hurler Erik Swanson went high and tight on Trout, who did not appreciate having a ball thrown at his head.

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“If you can’t pitch inside, don’t pitch inside,” said Trout, reacting to Swanson’s chin music after the game. “If you’re going to hit me, hit me in the ribs, don’t hit me in the head. I don’t know if that was the intent, but anything at the head, you don’t do that.”

Fast forward to Tuesday night, where Trout, in the midst of a 1-for-4 performance (the one hit, as you may have guessed, was a homer to deep left field, his 23rd of the season), couldn’t hide his frustration in the outfield while watching teammate Elvis Peguero tip pitches in a disastrous appearance out of the Angels’ pen (two hits, two walks, four earned runs in 2/3 of an inning).

Not usually one to show his emotions, Trout had a similar reaction earlier this year when Maddon, weeks before his ouster, inexplicably conceded a run by intentionally walking Corey Seager with the bases loaded.

One of the more reserved, even-keel superstars in all of sports, it takes a lot to rile Trout up, but being surrounded by incompetence every day for the better part of a decade will test anyone’s patience. The Angels can’t afford to waste any more of Trout’s prime, though that pursuit is complicated by Shohei Ohtani’s looming free agency in 2024. Despite his team crumbling around him, Trout has put together another remarkable first half, trailing only Yankees slugger Aaron Judge in home runs while ranking among the league leaders in WAR (third), slugging (second), OPS (third) and runs scored (seventh).

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