Mike Trout Nicknames
Is it time to start calling Mike Trout baseball's "WAR Lord"
... the "God of WAR" ...
or perhaps "The 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 he spelled it on a jersey when he was allowed to pick
his own nickname)
Halo Man and Lights Out Trout
Steelhead, Rainbow and Cutthroat (three superior athletes among the trout
family) and Trouty
The War God and The War Lord
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.
Angels are God's gift to humanity, so perhaps that is the source of this
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."
Other Angel Nicknames
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
Albert Pujols nicknames: The Machine, #Machine, Prince Albert, King Albert, Phat
Albert, Sir Albert, Big Al, El Hombre, MV3, The Mang
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.)
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 must really like fish. First Tim Salmon was their best
hitter, now it's Mike Trout.
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 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 Heavenly Hosts
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!
Leviathan (the biggest fish of them all!)
JAWS (there is a baseball statistic called JAWS, hence the capitals)
The WAR Lord and The WARlord
The WAR King (ditto)
The WAR Leader (ditto)
The WAR God (ditto)
The God of War (ditto)
The WAR Monger (ditto, because Trout "hoards" all the WAR)
The WAR Star (pun on "Star Wars")
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