The Los Angeles Angels commended Mike Trout for "prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion" on Wednesday, a day after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said that the outfielder would be an even bigger star if he would spend more time marketing himself.
He followed up with a statement Wednesday night.
On Wednesday, the Angels called Trout "an exceptional ambassador for the game" in their statement.
"Combined with his talent, his solid character creates a perfect role model for young people everywhere. Each year, Mike devotes a tremendous amount of his time and effort contributing to our Organization and marketing Major League Baseball. He continually chooses to participate in the community, visiting hospitals, schools and countless other charities.
"One of Mike's traits that people admire most is his humility. His brand is built upon generously spending his time engaging with fans, both at home and on the road, while remaining a remarkable baseball player and teammate. In addition, Mike spends quality time as a husband, son, brother, uncle and friend. We applaud him for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion. That is rare in today's society and stands out as much as his extraordinary talent."
Trout does things the right way on and off the field, and that's most important. Is he a self promoter or showman? Not really, but you can't argue with his performance. The guy is doing legendary things on the field.