Mike Trout was one of the best players in Major League Baseball before becoming a dad. Now he is the best player in Major League Baseball. Trout, who joined The Dad club earlier this month, is leveraging the greatest performance enhancer in sports and using his dad strength to smash his way to new heights, even for him (a future Hall of Famer). It’s like something out of a baseball movie.
Trout had a pair of home runs in Monday’s game and finally acknowledged the source of his newfound strength.
“People ask me about this Dad power and I guess it’s a thing,” he told MLB.com. “But there’s no better feeling than being a father.”
While we agree wholeheartedly with the second part of that, let’s not gloss over the first part. Just look at what Trout has done in eight games since coming off paternity leave. Six home runs, 10 RBIs, a batting average near .350, and an OPS of 1.236. Those numbers are insane, even for Trout.
Trout was doing OK (not great, not terrible) before his son was born. Then you give dad strength to one of the best players in baseball, and well, this is what you get:
Since becoming a dad, Mike Trout has done this… pic.twitter.com/YuIvocStAv
— William Boor (@wboor) August 11, 2020
His manager, Joe Maddon, said Trout seems more relaxed since becoming a dad. Opposing pitchers, meanwhile, will be anything but when facing Trout at the plate.
H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y D A D 🎈
— Jessica Tara Trout (@JessTara) August 7, 2020
— MLB (@MLB) August 11, 2020