SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout took part in the World Baseball Classic, but as a fan. On Saturday night, he was at Chase Field, alongside teammate Vernon Wells, rooting on Team USA's eventual 6-2 victory over Italy.
The fact he supported them in the stands, and not on the field, is a decision with which Angels manager Mike Scioscia was in full agreement.
"I think there will be a time for him to explore playing in the WBC, and I think he made the right decision [not to]," Scioscia said. "I think he made the right decision to be in camp, especially given his history. He's never had a full Spring Training. He's had shoulder issues that had plagued him, he had a viral thing last year that plagued him. So I think it's important for him to get in the flow for what is going to be a season under the microscope because of what he did last year."
Coming off a year in which he was the unanimous choice for the American League Rookie of the Year and the runner-up for Most Valuable Player Award honors, the 21-year-old Trout would've been a huge get for the U.S. and skipper Joe Torre.
But Trout informed tournament officials that he would not be taking part because he just wanted a normal Spring Training, which he was robbed of leading up to his historic season in 2012.
"Personally, if you're asking me, I think Mike made the right decision, because of all the dynamics," Scioscia said. "Maybe the next round [in 2017], things are different and he's full go and ready to represent his country."
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