Wednesday, March 13, 2013

High school to rename baseball field in Mike Trout's honor

Los Angeles Angels phenom Mike Trout is the pride and joy of Millville High School (N.J.).

The 21-year-old starred at Millville before taking Major League Baseball by storm last season en route to winning the American League Rookie of the Year.

Now, the school will change the name of its baseball field in honor of one of its most decorated alums.

According to the South Jersey Times, the Millville Board of Education approved the name change during a meeting on Monday. However, the exact name of the field has not yet been decided.

The school is showing a token of gratitude to Trout after the big leaguer donated $20,000 to help with field renovations. That money stems from his prize for winning the Players Choice Rookie of the Year Award.

“He has been real supportive to our program since he left, which really didn’t happen all that long ago,” Millville baseball coach Roy Hallenbeck said. “When he won that Players Choice Rookie of the Year Award, he received a $20,000 donation that he could give to any charity of his choice, and he chose to donate back to our program.

“It’s just great to honor someone who has done so much for us.”

Trout batted .326 with 30 homers, 83 RBI, and 49 stolen bases in 2012.


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