{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

MLB.com Columnist

Lyle Spencer

Trout shares Yogi's mantra

|
Trout shares Yogi's mantra play video for Trout shares Yogi's mantra

MLB.com Columnist

Lyle Spencer

ANAHEIM -- He was a Derek Jeter fan growing up in Millville, N.J., but Angels superstar Mike Trout is in complete agreement with the philosophy of another Yankees legend, Yogi Berra, when it comes to hitting.

"If you're up there thinking, you're going to get out -- 100 percent of the time," Trout said when told of Berra's famous remark that a player can't hit and think at the same time. "Once the game comes, I'm not trying to think up there; that's when you get in trouble.

"I'm not a big film, video guy. I just go out and play. I don't think about what's going to come. I like to see what the pitcher's got, what his slider's doing, that kind of thing. But that's about it. Sometimes when you're in a skid, you go look at film and see what you were doing when you were going good. Then maybe you make little adjustments."

When he fell into a rare slump earlier in the season, Trout saw on video what he'd felt at the plate -- that he was swinging too hard, trying too hard to drive the ball. He settled back into his normal style, not forcing things, and the balls started flying off his bat again.

Raising his average to .311, Trout leads the American League in slugging percentage at .611 and in OPS (on-base plus slugging) at 1.012. He has hit safely in 24 of his past 25 games, batting .394 with 26 RBIs in the stretch, and is batting .385 during a current 13-game hitting streak.

"I just go out and play," he said when asked about the streak. "I don't worry about the past. It's a new day. Just stay positive, have confidence in your ability and routine. Stick to it."

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español