Mike Trout Nicknames
Is it time to start calling Mike Trout baseball's "WAR Lord"
... the "God of WAR" ...
or perhaps "The WAR GOAT"? After all, Trout seems to have a
realistic chance to break Babe Ruth's all-time record for WAR and thus become the GOAT
(the Greatest of All Time).
These are our top ten Mike Trout nicknames:
The Millville Meteor
The Kid and Kiiiiid (as Trout spelled it on a jersey when he was allowed to pick
his own nickname)
Steelhead, Rainbow and Cutthroat (three superior athletes among the trout
The War God and The War Lord
ANGELS in the OUTFIELD, INFIELD and on the MOUND?
On July 12, 2019 we may have seen the most amazing and mysterious baseball game
ever played. This was the game in which every Angel wore number 45 in honor of
their lost teammate, Tyler Skaggs, known affectionately to the team by his
nicknames Swaggy, Swaggy-T and T-Swags. In Mike Trout's first at-bat, he hit a
454-foot homer. That's 45 forwards and backwards! The Angels scored 7 runs in
the first inning, the number of heavenly perfection. Tyler was 27, in his 7th
season in the majors, and his record was 7-7. But that's just the beginning. In
the Angels' first home game since Tyler passed away, pitchers Taylor Cole and
Felix Pena threw a combined no-hitter. According to STATS, it was the first combined no-no in California since July 13,
1991, the day Tyler Skaggs was born. The
Angels scored 13 runs, which might seem unlucky, but not so. In this case, 7 and
13 go together perfectly, because 7*13=91 and Tyler was born on 7/13/91. As Trout told reporters: "Tyler's birthday is 7/13.
Tomorrow. They'd tell you to rewrite this script to make it more believable if
you turned this in!" (And because the game started at 10pm EST, by the time it
ended, it actually was Tyler's birthday for
most of the world.) Tyler's mother Debbie threw out the first pitch, and it was a
perfect strike. We all know how rare that is. Cole and Pena almost threw a
perfect game, but faced 28 batters, one more than the minimum. A tiny flaw?
No, because it was Tyler's 28th birthday. "This is all for him," Pena said in
Spanish after the game. "I feel like we have an angel looking down on us." Did
this wonderfully mysterious game just confirm that our departed loved ones are
watching over us, and that all is well with them? Trout reflected everyone's
amazement: "I'm speechless. This is the best way to honor him."
hashtags included #goosebumps #wow #45 #Skaggs#45 and #RIP45.
Okay, back to nicknames ...
Please be sure to to check out our Game of Thrones Nicknames,
below. My personal favorite is Slayer of White Walkers. Can you guess who the
"white walkers" are?
I also like Benny Bam's discussion of Mike Trout as a Marvel superhero called
the Walking Conundrum. It appears in our Marvel Superhero Nicknames section.
We also have a section of Bad Fish Jokes which contains the stunning
(and true) revelation that there was once a baseball player named Trout who
racked up more WAR in one season than lil' Mikey Trout did in his best year! And
believe it or not, this Trout was the Ohtani of his day, racking up serious WAR
as both a hitter and a pitcher. He even did triple duty as a relief pitcher! And
he was such a stud that his son played major league baseball for twelve years.
His son was known, no kidding, as "Rainbow Trout." And no, we are not making up
a Big Fish Story. Nor did this Trout play in the 1800s. This dude was a legit
mid-century superstar who ended up with the same career WAR as Sandy Koufax and
Ralph Kiner despite a similar small window of stupendous years. He didn't really
take off until he was 28, and his last huge WAR year was at age 31. But like the
girl in the poem, when he was good, he was really, really good.
If you want to know how a Trout can become the GOAT, please check out
Is Mike Trout
already the GOAT?
Here are more Mike Trout nicknames, followed by a selection of Mike Trout jokes
and coinages (did you know "Troutian" is now officially an adjective?) ...
Mike Trout is unpretentious and a sort of "aw shucks" superstar, so "Trouty"
seems to suit him. But this nickname is reserved for family, friends and fans.
Everyone else must show the proper due respect! This is also true for "the Troutster"
and other corny terms of endearment.
Trout Man and Fish Man
These nicknames are popular on fan boards where Tarzan-speak apparently rules. A
typical conversation goes something like this ...
StatGeek: Mike Trout just passed Cody Bellinger in FanGraphs fWAR!
Angelbro: Trout Man good.
Angelfan: Fish Man good.
Angelgroupie: MVP mean Mike Very Powerful.
Roy Hobbs was the original Natural. But Mike Trout has eclipsed even the
fictional phenom, so we are upgrading him to The Supernatural.
Mike Freakin' Trout
By the middle of his age 27 season, Mike Trout had already passed more than
180 hall-of-famers in WAR,
including legends like Al Simmons, Ernie Banks, Willie McCovey, Carl Hubbell,
Duke Snider, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Goose Goslin, Bob Feller, Home Run
Baker, Harmon Killebrew, Dazzy Vance, Yogi Berra, Hank Greenberg, Willie
Stargell, Joe Medwick, Bill Terry, Ralph Kiner, Wee Willie Keeler ...
Incredibly, Trout passed most of those 180 baseball legends in one-half to
one-third the playing time.
We can only echo the Tarzan-speak!
The Light King
In baseball's Game of Thrones, Mike Trout is the Light King and the Light
Bearer. There are more Game of Thrones nicknames a few notches down.
The Measuring Rod
How do we know when the baseball season is in "full swing," if you'll pardon the
pun? How can we tell when unsustainable early-season heroics are officially
over? In the past, it was when the last batter slipped below the .400 mark. But
in the sabermetric era, it has become the day Mike Trout is first or second in
WAR, which is inevitably where he ends up. Since his rookie season in 2012,
Trout has always finished first or second in WAR when healthy, and usually
first. In 2019 that happened in mid-June when Trout passed Cody Bellinger in
Related Nicknames: Money Mike, Daddy WARbucks
Mike Trout has topped the MLB Network's list of the
"Top 100 Right Now" a stunning six
times. Far behind Trout on the 2018 list were prized free agents Manny Machado
(14th) and Bryce Harper (15th). Machado signed a $300 million contract with the
San Diego Padres. Harper then signed with the Phillies for $330 million. So how
much is Mike Trout worth?
FanGraphs published an article documenting that, according to WAR,
Mike Trout is better than Manny Machado and Bryce Harper
combined! Harper and Machado together produced 60.9
WAR from 2012 to 2018. Over the same period, Trout produced 64.0 WAR. If
they're worth $660 million together, what is Trout worth? (Trout's
worst season was better than Machado's best season and Trout had seven of the
eight best individual seasons between the three players, with only Harper's MVP
season besting Trout's worst season.) If Machado and Harper are worth $660
million, Trout must be worth more. It's simple moneyball math! So the Angels got
a real bargain when Trout signed a ten-year extension for "only" $360 million.
With the two years remaining on Trout's original contract, the total deal is
$430 million for twelve years, or nearly half a billion dollars. But I agree
with Ben Lindbergh's article titled "Mike Trout Isn't Worth $430 Million—He’s
Worth Much More." Lindbergh explains Trout's dilemma succinctly and concisely:
"The problem for Trout is that he's too good to be paid exactly what he’s
worth." Hell, he had to give the Angels more than a quarter
billion discount! Here, I'll do the math:
$660 million * 64.0 / 60.9 = $694 million billable - $430 million paid = $264
When informed of Trout's massive new contract, Albert Pujols joked, "Pretty sure
I ain't paying one more dinner for him!"
King Fish 2.0
Tim Salmon, another Angel, was the original "King Fish" back in his day.
The Fisher King
The Fisher King was the keeper of the Holy Grail. One of the Fisher King's tasks
was defeating the Nine Witches, an obvious reference to the Houston Astros
starting nine. The Fisher King was wounded in the
groin and Mike Trout suffered a groin injury early in the 2019 season, so that
conclusively proves the connection!
Angels are God's gift to humanity, so perhaps that is the source of this
There are reports that Mike Trout will be featured
in the MLB logo, the way Jerry West is featured in the NBA logo.
Torii Hunter called Mike Trout the Digger because he creates divots when he
runs. Trout is so big and so fast and runs with such ferocity that he leaves
craters along the first-base line. "That's something that I saw in him. That's
the intangible that you can't really teach," Hunter said. "A lot of guys are
fast, but they don't dig. They don't find the fight. He digs and finds the fight
inside of him to get to first base, and that's a trait I really want a majority
of major leaguers and minor leaguers to have, and it's hard to find. When he
runs, he digs earth out of the ground and he pounds in there, and just to
[watch] him running down the line is very impressive."
Umpire Mike Winters observed: "When he runs, it's like there's a rooster tail
going up behind him. It's amazing how high the dirt flies up behind him."
Greg Morhardt, the scout who tracked Trout for the Angels, saw that same trait
in a teenage Trout, remembering how Trout would tear up the high school fields
he played on because of how hard he ran. Another scout turned and said to
Morhardt, "It's like he's a ball of energy. He just rips the ground up."
The Freight Train
In one high school showcase, Trout was matched against Anthony Gomez, another
New Jersey product who would go on to play at Vanderbilt. Gomez said that when
the hat was dropped to start the sprint, he saw Trout slip on his first step and
Gomez took the lead. But about halfway across the 60 yards, he could hear Trout
coming "like a freight train," as Gomez told Morhardt. "You could hear the power
of Mike running behind you."
Lights Out Trout
Just when you think it's impossible to get any better, Mike Trout does it and
makes it look easy, like flipping a light switch.
Captain of the Angelic Hosts
This is the formal title of Saint Michael the Archangel, who has obviously come
to earth in human form as Michael Nelson Trout.
Marvel Superhero Nicknames
Aquaman (well, trout do love the water!)
Hawkeye (he seldom swings and misses)
The Walking Conundrum
On Halo Hangout, Benny Bam discussed Mike Trout as a Marvel superhero and called
him the Walking Conundrum. Trump is a Conundrum because even when he seems to be
human and in a "slump," the numbers prove that he's getting on base more than
ever. A third of the way into the 2019 season, in the middle of a "slump" that
has many fans concerned, Trout was projecting 150 hits, 150 walks, 25
intentional walks, 30 hits by pitches, 120 runs, 40 doubles, 40 homers, 100 RBI,
310 total bases, and 20 steals. His OPS+ is freakin' 179! That's a helluva
slump! Benny Bam closed by saying: "Trout is a walking conundrum, because there
is no way to put into perspective what you are witnessing. Which means if his
'slump' in average goes back up… your eyes will again look for comparable other
worldly comparisons. His cape, laser beams, and wings will all return in the
visual spectrum in that singular moment. Just remember, he doesn’t actually need
them. Wait, WHAT?"
"Walking" is cute because that's one of Trout's invisible superpowers. A 150-hit
season, with Trout's kind of power, is damn good in its own right. But according
to the numbers above, Trout is likely to end up on base 350+ times. Then add
extra bases for 40 doubles, 40 homers and 20 steals. That's 535 bases. And
that's why Trout is a Marvel superhero even when he seems to be in a slump. BTW,
the Walking Conundrum has never gone more than two games without getting on
base. Trout has lots of superpowers, but getting on base is at the top of the
Game of Thrones Nicknames
Mike Trout is the First of His Name, King of the Angels, Lord of the Four Bases,
and Protector of the Centerfield Realm
King of the North (i.e., centerfield)
Giant of Anaheim
The Slayer of White Walkers (pale, frightened pitchers)
Lord Mookie's Bane
Bryce Harper's Bane
Golden Halo Man
Beyond Superlatives (Michael Clair)
The Unstoppable Mike Trout (Michael Clair)
Mike Trout the Beater of Worlds (Michael Clair)
Mike Trout the Fearsome and Most Powerful (Michael Clair)
The Best at Everything in Baseball (Michael Clair)
Baseball's Perpetual Motion Machine (Ben Lindbergh)
The best player of the 21st century. (Joel Sherman)
The last batter any pitcher wants to see at the plate in any situation. (Mark
Mike Trout is really good at baseball. (Many)
It's time for the Barry Bonds treatment. (Many)
Metronome of Greatness
Trout is a metronome of greatness. He has better than a 1.000 OPS at home and
away, day game or night, vs. lefties or righties, starters or relievers, first
pitch or full count, no one on or runners in scoring position, April, May or
June. (Joel Sherman)
Mike Trout has a magic wand mere mortals cannot hope to wield.
The Ultimate Five Tool Player
Mike Trout's career OBP is .418, better than Stan Musial, Wade Boggs and Mel Ott
Mike Trout's career slugging percentage is .575, better than Willie Mays, Mickey
Mantle and Hank Aaron
Mike Trout's career stolen base percentage is 3rd all-time for 200+ attempts, better than nearly
Mike Trout's career fielding percentage is 12th all-time, better than nearly
Mike Trout has a cannon arm according to Statcast, which recorded a
94.8 mph throw from center during a game in September, 2017
Mr. Black Ink
On BaseballReference.com and other baseball stats pages, league-leading numbers
appear in bold or "extra black" ink. Thus, Mike Trout's pages are awash in black
Mike Trout fans know that he should have been AL MVP every year he's played. But
he keeps getting robbed because the Angels haven't been making the playoffs.
(Well, maybe Mookie Betts did edge him out in 2018.)
WAR: Variations on a Theme
The WAR Lord
The God of WAR
The WAR GOAT
Man o'WAR (in other words, a real thoroughbred)
Mike Trout honored his brother-in-law, Aaron Cox, with a touching tribute when
he wore "A. Cox" on the back of his Players' Weekend jersey in a game against
the Astros at Angel Stadium. Trout had been expected to use "Kiiiiid" as his
nickname, but he made the change after Cox died at age 24 on August 15, 2018.
Prior to the game, the Angels held a moment of silence for Cox, who had been a
minor league pitcher for the club. Cox was Trout's fellow baseball star at
Millville High School in New Jersey and the younger brother of Trout's wife
Jessica. "You were more than just my brother-in-law ... you were my best
friend," Trout wrote. "You made such an impact on my life since the day I first
met you. You were an amazing person inside & out that showed us all how to live
life to the fullest. Seeing and hearing about your impact on other people are
all things that made me a better person every single day. You will always be
remembered for your crazy dance moves and your big smile and how much you cared
for people and our family."
There are more Mike Trout nicknames in the expanded list at the bottom of this
Other Angel Nicknames
Tyler Skaggs: Swaggy
Albert Pujols nicknames: The Machine, #Machine, Prince Albert, King Albert, Phat
Albert, Sir Albert, Big Al, El Hombre, MV3, The Mang, Old Man River (he just
keeps rolling along; at age 39,
Pujols was on pace to hit 30+ homers with 100+ RBI while not playing every day)
Shohei Ohtani nicknames: The Big Oh!, Uncanny Ohtani, Oh-Oh, Double Trouble, Shoh-Time,
Shoh-Gun, The Nippon Assassin,
Stone Buddha, The Japanese Babe Ruth
Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco were the Bash Brothers. But Mike Trout and
Shohei Ohtani may have even better slash lines
(batting average/on base percentage/slugging percentage), so let's call then the
Slash Brothers. Or how about the Smash Brothers, the Crash Brothers and the
Brash Brothers (although they will need to work on the brashness thing). Also,
the Flash Brothers, because they're both incredibly fast for their size.
Andrelton Simmons: Simon
Brian Goodwin nicknames: B-Good, Mono
Tommy La Stella: Slim, 3AM (after Cubs manager Joe Maddon said La Stella can
"get up at 3AM, get out of bed and hit anyone."
David Fletcher: Fletch
Cam Bedrosian: Bedrock
Kole Calhoun: Koleman, The Raspberry Raker
Jonathan Lucroy: Budsworth
Zack Cozart: Penny
Griffin Canning: Tricky
Tyle Skaggs: Swaggy
Luke Bard: Major Key
Chris Stratton: Yus
Peter Bourjos: Revy
Noe Ramirez: Crony
Dillon Peters: Shoe
There is an expanded list of Mike Trout nicknames at the bottom of this page.
If you want to know why Mike Trout is likely to become the GOAT, including
lifetime WAR projections, please click here:
Is Mike Trout the GOAT?
Mike Trout Coinages
Troutian (adj.) beyond the pale; outrageously great; unparalleled; Ruthian
("Shohei Ohtani is capable of hitting Troutian home runs.")
Trouted (v) routed on a ball field by a vastly superior talent ("AL pitchers
keep getting Trouted.")
Trout Treatment (n) similar to "Bonds Treatment" (For instance, when a pitcher
intentionally walks a hitter with the bases loaded.)
Troutstanding (adj.) beyond outstanding; superlative ("We had a troutstanding
Troutsanity (n.) a euphoric condition fans enter when watching Mike Trout play,
or just reading his stats. ("Troutsanity reigns in Anaheim.")
Mike Trout Jokes
Here's our favorite Mike Trout joke to date (yes, we are easily amused):
Q: When is a Trout not a fish?
A: When he's the GOAT.
Shohei Ohtani has a sense of humor. When he was informed that he couldn't wear
uniform number 11 because it had been retired by the Angels for Jim Fregosi,
Ohtani insisted that he wanted Mike Trout's number 27!
When Mike Trout was born, the Angels started singing for joy!
It turns out that Angels really like fish. First Tim Salmon was their best
hitter, now it's Mike Trout.
This leads us to ...
Bad Fish Jokes
"Fishy" baseball names include: Mike Trout, Dizzy Trout,
Steve Trout, Tim Salmon, Chico Salmon, Mike Carp, Sid Bream, "Catfish" Hunter, "Mudcat"
Grant, Lip Pike, Ralph Garr, A.J. Pollock, Kevin Bass, Randy Bass, Anthony Bass,
Bobby Sturgeon, George Haddock, Cod Meyers, Ed Whiting, Marlin Stuart, "Oyster"
Burns, Roy Crab, Callix Crabbe, Jesse "Crab" Burkett, Johnny "Crab" Evers, Estel
"Crabby" Crabtree, Fred "Whale" Walters, Mickey Rivers, Steve Lake, John
Wetteland, Muddy Ruel, Bobby Scales, Neal Finn, Johnny Gill, Gil Hodges, Benji
Gil, Jay Hook, Hooks Dauss, Newt Fisher, George "Showboat" Fisher, Allyn "Fish
Hook" Stout, Nate Spears, Ray Blades, Ray King, Johnny Ray, Chris Ray, Hank
Conger, Harry Eels, Snapper Kennedy, Oscar Gamble, Melvin Mora, Brandon Puffer,
Bob Lurie and Chub Feeney
But we all must bow down to the landslide winner: Art "Red" Herring!
If the daughter of Hank Conger married the son of Harry Eels, their children
would be Conger Eeels.
Ironically, Mike Trout doesn't have the best WAR season by a baseball-playing
Trout, or at least not yet! Dizzy Trout had 11.3 WAR during an amazing 1944
season in which he won 27 games, threw 352.1 innings and had a glittering 2.12
ERA. He earned 1.5 of that WAR at the plate, hitting .271 and slugging .429 with
four doubles, a triple, five homers and 24 RBI. His son Steve "Rainbow" Trout
also pitched in the majors, winning 88 games over a twelve-year career.
The Best Ever?
Mike Trout is off to the fastest start in the history of major league baseball
Mike Trout was the GOAT at Age 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24!
As Neil Paine pointed out, "Through every single age in which he played a full
season, Mike Trout has been the all-time career leader in [cumulative] WAR for
position players. It was true through age 20, age 21, age 22, age 23 and — after
posting 10.6 WAR in 2016, a performance that basically matched his previous
single-season peak — age 24. No player has ever started his career on this kind
of tear — not Ruth, not Cobb, not Mantle, nobody!"
In other words, nearly 20,000 men have played major league baseball and not a
single one of them was as good as Trout at any age he has reached so far!
A season with 5.0 WAR or higher is all-star level.
Only three players in MLB history have had six seasons of WAR 5.0 or higher by age 25. One is
Mike Trout. The other two are Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle. They also rank 1-2-3 in
cumulative WAR by age 24 and age 25.
crazy as it sounds, Trout is still getting better. For instance, in 2017 his OBP
soared to .442, his slugging percentage to .630, and his OPS+ to 187. Those are
crazy heights, Ruthian heights. In 2018, despite some early hitless games, Trout
was slugging .720 with a crazy 210 OPS+. After 47 games, he led all MLB in WAR,
OBP and stolen base efficiency (a perfect ten-for-ten); and was second in walks;
third in runs; fourth in homers, slugging and OPS; and ninth in
Only three things in life are certain: death, taxes and Mike Trout leading
all MLB in WAR.
As one analyst observed: "Trout simply
has no peers in the game today."
No peers. None. Nada. Zip. Perhaps even more amazingly, Trout has very few peers in the past, and he could
eclipse them all! We are
seeing something completely unprecedented: a player with a chance to be better
than Mickey Mantle, better than Ty Cobb, even better than Babe Ruth ... if he can
keep it up. Trout is much faster than Ruth, much stronger than Cobb, and (as far
as we know) much cleaner-and healthier-living than Mantle. While Trout could slow down, there
is also the possibility that he may continue to improve (which seems to be
the case so far). For instance, through the first 35 games of 2018, Trout was on
track for a 15 WAR season, which has never been achieved in the history of major
league baseball by a non-pitcher. The only position player to have a 14 WAR season was Babe
Ruth, and he did it just once. Our estimate for Trout's WAR this season
started at a sky-high 12,
but he could force us to adjust it higher. So far in 2018, Trout's
slugging percentage, OPS and OPS+ are the highest of his career. He's on track
to hit around 50 homers with 40 steals and 150 walks. No one has ever done that
Mike Trout Nicknames (Expanded List)
The Millville Meteor (patterned after "The Commerce Comet" because Mike Trout
appears to be the next Mickey Mantle)
"Lights Out" Trout (coined by Michael R. Burch)
KIIIIID (the nickname Trout selected for a
The Say What Kid (apologies to Willie Mays)
The Archangel (well, he does play for the Angels, his name is Michael, and he is number one!)
Michelangelo (another great artist who was named after the Archangel Michael)
The Anointed One
Captain of the Angelic Hosts
Captain of the Heavenly Hosts
The Light King
The Excellence of Execution
The Peerless Mike Trout
Coastal Cutthroat (well, L.A. is on the coast!)
Golden (the Golden Trout is worth its weight in gold!)
Bull (the Bull Trout brooks no bull from small fry!)
Brook (the Brook Trout is a great athlete among fish!)
The Sea-Run Brook Trout has been seen scoring a lot of runs!
King Fish 2.0
Leviathan (the biggest fish of them all!)
JAWS (there is a baseball statistic called JAWS, hence the capitals)
The Freight Train
The WAR Lord and The WARlord
The WAR King
The WAR Leader
The WAR God
The God of WAR
The WAR Monger (because Trout "hoards" all the WAR)
The WAR Star (pun on "Star Wars")
The Eternal MVP (from Halo Hangout)
Mike Freakin' Trout
Mr. Black Ink
The Measuring Rod
The Metronome of Greatness
The Divine Rod (pun on Divining Rod and Angels being divine)
The Ultimate Five Tool Player
A. Cox (in honor of Aaron Cox)
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