American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout is just four years removed from high school but his old baseball coach said the campus will soon feature a baseball field that's named after the Los Angeles Angels outfielder.
The Millville (N.J.) Board of Education approved the plan on Monday night, according to a report Thursday from Phil Anastasia of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the naming ceremony is expected to take place later in the spring. Trout donated $20,000 to the high school to upgrade the field after he won the Rookie of the Year honors. The school will also get another $10,000 from BodyArmor Superdrink, which Trout endorses, to be used for improvements to the field.
School officials hope to have Trout on hand when the naming ceremony occurs but it's unclear at this time whether his schedule will allow it. The Angels' first East Coast road trip is June 7 - 12 to play the Boston Red Sox and then the Baltimore Orioles.
Millville's baseball coach, Roy Hallenbeck, who coached Trout in high school, spoke about what it means to receive the funding from a graduate who has gone on to play in the MLB:
"Mike has helped us so much. It sounds weird to say, but it's not so much the physical help in terms of the money but just the fact that it meant enough to him when he was here that he wants to do these things. [T]hat has a great impact on everyone around here. We're so proud of him."As a senior at Millville playing for the Thunderbolts, Trout batted .531 with 49 runs scored, 45 RBIs, 19 stolen bases and 18 home runs, a New Jersey state record. In total, he struck out only 17 times in his high school career. He was drafted 25th overall by the Angels and went on to bat .326 in his rookie season, with 129 runs scored, 83 RBIs and 49 stolen bases en route to receiving his first All-Star appearance.