On the hook: the trout of the angels remains fantasized, for the moment

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout (27) runs to the dugout after scoring a single hit from Jared Walsh in the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Anaheim, Calif., on Tuesday May 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) runs to the dugout after scoring a single hit from Jared Walsh in the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Anaheim, Calif., on Tuesday May 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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Mike Trout’s future, he admits, is very uncertain.

Not like a great baseball player. As the commissioner of a fantasy football league, it suddenly attracted a lot of attention.

“Am I going to quit? I didn’t make that decision,” the Los Angeles Angels star said with a laugh on Wednesday.

“But all the commissioners I know are always booed,” he said.

The bizarre saga began last Friday when Cincinnati outfielder Tommy Pham slapped San Francisco outfielder Joc Pederson before a game. Pham later said it was a fantasy football dispute and he was suspended three games by Major League Baseball.

This week, Pham added another weird twist when he said Trout ran their football loop.

“Trout did a terrible job, man,” Pham told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Trout is the worst commissioner in fantasy sports.”

Trout, a noted Philadelphia Eagles fan, said he tried to tamp the beef.

“I talked to Tommy, I talked to Joc, everyone in it,” Trout said, hours before a night game at Yankee Stadium fell in the rain. “Just passionate about fantasy football.”

Pederson claimed Pham blamed him for cheating by performing an illegal move with an injured reserve spot which cost the Reds player a lot of money.

Trout said he wasn’t going to referee that one in public.

“That’s in the past,” said the three-time AL MVP, adding, “it’s legendary fantasy football league, that’s for sure.”

“It’s just one of those things, everyone is competitive. Everyone loves fantasy football. Who doesn’t? ” he said.

MLB has strict rules on betting involving baseball games, but no rules against other sports as long as the game is legal – as in, no bookmakers.

Angels manager Joe Maddon, meanwhile, said Trout shouldn’t give up his job as commissioner.

“Listen, guys, I love it. I understand. And I did,” he said. “You get absorbed and during the week you have to do all these transactions which gets really annoying because all you do is you’re buried in the papers or the – at the time it was magazines. You had to buy all the magazines. I love fantasy football, but I won’t – but I will never do it again.

“It absorbs you far too much. And the bad part of fantasy football is that you start cheering on players from teams other than the team you’re actually cheering for, and that’s when you have to stop doing it. When I started rooting against the Cardinals and when the particular player on my team was playing, that’s when I knew I had to quit,” Maddon said. did, around 1999, 2000, something like that.”

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Naomi C. Amerson