Mike Trout just keeps rising further and further toward becoming a baseball legend…

In his latest accomplishment, Nike has created a signature cleat for Trout, called the Nike Lunar Vapor Trout. The shoe was unveiled in Fullerton, CA yesterday before the Angels 7-3 win over the Texas Rangers.

The shoe features a red and fluorescent yellow color scheme. More than 30 biomechanics experts collaborated with Nike’s Oregon headquarters, and took two years to produce, with Trout as a consultant.

What makes this even more special, is that Trout is only the second baseball player since Ken Griffey Jr. to have his own Nike shoe line. God only knows what’s next for this kid.

Oh, I forgot… he is a baseball legend!

 

Facts and Figures

  • To fill Ibanez’s spot, the Angels recalled 1B/OF Efren Navarro. The team also optioned righty reliever Cam Bedrosian, and called up another righty bullpen arm, David Carpenter… Yes, there are two of them.
  • Jered Weaver starting tonight’s game against the Texas Rangers means that Shoemaker will get the call Sunday night, and Santiago will finally go back to the bullpen, temporarily.
  • Grant Green (.354/.368/.462) is back with the club after the Angels optioned reliever Dane De La Rosa to Triple-A Salt Lake. Infielder Ian Stewart was reinstated to the 40-man roster and was also optioned to Salt Lake.
  • Speaking of 2014 draftees, the reason why the Angels have yet to sign their first round draft pick, Sean Newcomb, is because he’s been participating in the College World Series. Once the tournament is over, both parties can then complete their agreements.
  • The Angels did sign second round pick Joe Gatto, along with Alex Abbott and a large number of other draft picks.
  • Just imagine this rotation coming into 2017: Garrett Richards, Sean Newcomb, Tyler Skaggs, Joe Gatto… And there’s always the possibility of either Weaver or CJ Wilson being extended to add to that group. Plus, Shoemaker and/or Santiago could still be around then. The Angels are well on their way to rebuilding their organizational starting pitching depth.
  • A July 27 game against the Tigers, scheduled as TBD for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball at 5:00 PM PT, will start at 12:35 p.m. PT. ESPN picked up Dodgers-Giants instead. The early start time could allow the Angels and Indians to make up their rain out the next day.
  • Outfielder Brennan Boesch, who signed a minor league deal with the Angels over the off-season, hit three home runs for Triple-A Salt Lake during a doubleheader on Wednesday.
  • Today, the Angels signed another free agent to a minor league contract, right-handed pitcher Caleb Clay.
  • Erick Aybar has hit .347 in his past 26 games with 17 RBIs.
  • Albert Pujols has nine RBIs in his past seven games.
  • As if the Nike story wasn’t enough, Trout is the first player in MLB history to record 300 runs, 75 homers and 75 steals in his first 400 games.
  • Mike is also hitting .393/.473/.787 with a 1.259 OPS over his last 24 games… That’s just insane.