Trumbo focused on Salmon's words, not stats

Trumbo focused on Salmon's words, not stats

ANAHEIM -- Mark Trumbo grows somewhat uncomfortable when a media inquisitor compares his rookie season with that of Tim Salmon, an athlete Trumbo admired growing up in Villa Park, a 10-minute drive from Angel Stadium.

With 26 homers and 80 RBIs, Trumbo is approaching Salmon's numbers in 1993 -- 31 homers, 95 RBIs -- when the right fielder became the lone American League Rookie of the Year in franchise history. Salmon is a visible presence around the club at home as a television analyst, and he's often seen in conversation with the Angels' young, attentive first baseman.

"Questions about catching his numbers, I don't even think about that," Trumbo said. "I'm fortunate to have him around as a resource. When he was a rookie in '93, I was 7. I grew up coming to the park and watching him play. He was a consistent run producer, but more than the numbers was the way he played, the way he managed the grind. He was the model of a solid, consistent player."

Salmon dropped by to visit with Trumbo before Monday night's series opener against the Mariners and southpaw Anthony Vasquez.

Trumbo unloaded a two-run homer on a fastball near his feet in the first inning, later adding an RBI double to right on a pitch around his shoulders. As the Angels' leader in homers and RBIs, Trumbo has a shot at becoming the first rookie in franchise history to lead the team in those categories. Salmon led in homers in 1993, but Chili Davis was the team's RBI kingpin with 112.

"We talk more about mental approach than technical things," Trumbo said. "He asked about my approach to Vasquez, and he liked what I told him."