Several notable players have opted out of the season because of the coronavirus, and superstars such as Mike Trout and Kris Bryant have expressed concern over playing in 2020. Trout, whose wife is pregnant, said July 3, “Honestly, I still don’t feel comfortable with the baby coming.” But the center fielder erased any doubts about his status for this season on Wednesday (Twitter links via Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic).
“I’m playing,” said the three-time American League MVP.
Trout’s biggest worry is that the league will experience a COVID-19 outbreak, though he has approved of MLB’s health and safety protocols thus far, per Ardaya. Notably, the latest coronavirus test results the league and the union released last week offered encouraging news.
The fact that Trout plans on taking the field this year is not only great for the Angels, who will need their best player if they’re going to snap a five-year playoff drought, but the sport as a whole. Trout has been the game’s foremost player throughout his career, and at just 28 years old, he’s already an eight-time All-Star who looks like a lock to eventually enter the Baseball Hall of Fame. He turned in otherworldly production yet again last season with a .291/.438/.645 line and 45 home runs in 600 plate appearances.