Over the past decade, the MLB All-Star Game has proven to be somewhat of a dud. There has been the occasional good game, but for the most part they’ve lacked excitement – even for some of the most hardcore baseball fans. However, the 2014 installment was an extremely entertaining game, especially in the early innings.
That’s when Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slugger Mike Trout put all his tools on display and cracked an opposite-field bomb off the right field wall at Target Field. For most it would have been an easy double, though the speedy Mike Trout was there to give fans a show.
With Yasiel Puig’s cannon of an arm in right field, Trout motored around the bases and easily beat out the incoming throw. There’s good reason for that though as the Angels outfielder eclipsed 20 mph on the base paths.
As For The Win notes, Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt hit 23.35 mph when he broke the world record in the 100-yard dash, so needless to say the Angels five-tool talent and franchise player is no slouch on the base path.
Mike Trout of course only improved his night from there, eventually laying claim to the 2014 MLB All-Star MVP award.
It’s just one of many honors Trout will receive as he’s proving himself to be one of the finest players we’ve seen grace a baseball diamond in the last few decades.
Still just 23, Trout ended the first half of the 2014 season with a .310 average, 22 home runs and 73 RBI – all while playing Gold Glove caliber defense.