LA Angels News: Mike Trout selected to start 2023 All-Star Game

Posted by J.Y. Mortimer

Earns 11th career All-Star selection and 10th straight as a starter

June 29th, 2023
ANAHEIM – Mike Trout has been selected via fan voting to start in the outfield for the American League in the 2023 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be played Tuesday, July 11 at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. Trout extends his Angels records with 11 overall All-Star selections and 10 selections via fan voting.
Mike Trout in 2017. By Keith Allison – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Trout is the ninth Major League player to be voted in by the fans as a starter in at least 10 straight All-Star Games, joining Hall of Famers Rod Carew (18), Cal Ripken Jr. (13), George Brett (11), Ken Griffey Jr. (11), Willie Mays (10), Johnny Bench (10), Ozzie Smith (10) and Wade Boggs (10). He is also the fourth player in A.L. history with at least 10 fan elections with one Club, joining Ripken Jr. (BAL, 17), Brett (KC, 11) and Griffey Jr. (SEA, 10).

Entering play today, Trout ranks in the Top 10 in the American League this year in walks (T5th; 43), home runs (T6th; 17), runs (T7th; 52) and OPS (10th; .849). During the 2023 season, he has become the all-time runs scored leader at Angel Stadium and reached 3,000 total bases for his career. Additionally, he is the fourth player all-time with 300+ doubles, 300+ HR and 200+ stolen bases by his age-31 season, joining Barry Bonds, Mays & Alex Rodriguez.

Trout will be joined at the 2023 All-Star Game by Angels teammate Shohei Ohtani and Angels Director of Sports Medicine/Head Certified Athletic Trainer Mike Frostad. Ohtani was selected last week as the American League’s starting designated hitter after leading the league in votes in Phase 1 of fan voting. Ohtani will be making his third consecutive All-Star start at DH and joined Hall of Famer David Ortiz (2011-13) as the only players to receive three straight fan elections at the position. He also joined Carew (1979) and Trout (2019) as Angels players to lead the A.L. in fan voting. Frostad was selected to his first All-Star Game as a member of the athletic training staff earlier today.

In his seven previous All-Star Game appearances, Trout has amassed a .412 average (7/17) with two doubles, one triple, two home runs, four RBI, three walks and four runs scored. He became the first player to win the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award in consecutive seasons after winning the honors in 2014 and 2015. His seven All-Star Game hits are the most in Angels history. Additionally, his 17 All-Star Game total bases before turning 28 years old, are tied with Al Kaline and Ted Williams for the most in A.L. history; in the N.L., only Johnny Bench (18) had more by that age. Trout did not play in the 2017, 2021 and 2022 All-Star Games due to injury.

The complete All-Star rosters will be announced on Sunday, July 2 at 2:30 p.m. PT during the All-Star Selection Show on ESPN.

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