Angels show support for Mike Trout, fire back at Rob Manfred following commissioner's statements about star

The Angels have thrown some chin music at MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

Mike Trout, baseball’s biggest star, was the subject of some strong comments from Manfred about the outfielder’s lack of popularity among causal fans. A day later, the Angels released a statement supporting Trout, who they believe is an “exceptional ambassador for the game.”

“His solid character creates a perfect role model for young people everywhere,” the Angels said. “ Each year, Mike devotes a tremendous amount of his time and effort contributing to our Organization and marketing Major League Baseball. He continually chooses to participate in the community, visiting hospitals, schools and countless other charities.

“One of Mike's traits that people admire most is his humility. His brand is built upon generously spending his time engaging with fans, both at home and on the road, while remaining a remarkable baseball player and teammate. In addition, Mike spends quality time as a husband, son, brother, uncle and friend. We applaud him for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion. That is rare in today's society and stands out as much as his extraordinary talent.”

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ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 08: Centerfielder Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim blows a bubble while stretcing prior to the MLB game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 8, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 02: Mike Trout #90 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a single against the Texas Rangers during the second inning of the spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 2, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels left fielder Mike Trout (27) dives to catch a ball hit by New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson (14) in the ninth inning of their MLB baseball game in Anaheim, California May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim batter Mike Trout reacts after taking a strike during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto June 28, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout gestures on second base after advancing on a single by Albert Pujols against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of an MLB baseball game in Anaheim, California July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout smiles at first base against the Texas Rangers during the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim, California July 22, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES)
Los Angeles Angels Kole Calhoun (L) forearm-bumps Mike Trout at the plate after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers during their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim, California August 6, 2013. Trout hit a home run on the following pitch. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
August 5, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) celebrates after scoring a run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 15, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; American League outfielder Mike Trout (27) of the Los Angeles Angels holds up the MVP trophy after the 2014 MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) reacts on second base after he doubled in a run in the first inning of the game Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
May 15, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) jumps to catch a fly ball hit by Baltimore Orioles left fielder Alejandro De Aza (12) (not pictured) during the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
July 1, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) rounds the bases after he hits a solo home run in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) watches the ball clear the fence on a solo home run in the first inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images (TAGS: Sport Baseball MLB) *** Local Caption *** 2015-09-13T201447Z_262781542_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_MLB-HOUSTON-ASTROS-AT-LOS-ANGELES-ANGELS.JPG
September 30, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) is congratulated after he hits a solo home run in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images (TAGS: Sport Baseball MLB) *** Local Caption *** 2015-10-01T000930Z_620675507_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_MLB-OAKLAND-ATHLETICS-AT-LOS-ANGELES-ANGELS.JPG
Aug 11, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) rounds the bases on his solo home run in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) reacts to a strike in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.Los Angeles Angels won 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images (TAGS: Sport Baseball MLB) *** Local Caption *** 2016-08-25T035535Z_695544772_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_MLB-LOS-ANGELES-ANGELS-AT-TORONTO-BLUE-JAYS.JPG
Feb 20, 2018; Tempe, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout looks on during a workout at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the American League celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the National League during the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
May 26, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
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Manfred said at the All-Star Game Tuesday, where Trout hit a home run off of Mets ace Jacob deGrom, that the star would be even more popular if he marketed himself better.

“Player marketing requires one thing for sure -- the player," the commissioner said. "You cannot market a player passively. You can't market anything passively. You need people to engage with those to whom you are trying to market in order to have effective marketing.”

Manfred added that Trout has made the choice to not market himself well.

“Mike is a great, great player and a really nice person, but he has made certain decisions about what he wants to do, and what he doesn’t want to do, and how he wants to spend his free time, and how he doesn’t want to spend his free time,” Manfred said. “That’s up to him.”

Trout refuted Manfred’s words after the American League beat the NL, 8-6, in 10 innings.

"Yeah ... no," Trout said. "I keep telling you guys, I do as much as I can. But it's a long baseball season. I got to pick and choose when I want to do things and go from there."

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