"It feels good to get all the support from my fans," Trout said before Tuesday night's 6-4 victory over the
Trout, the AL most valuable player runner-up in 2012 and 2013, had 764,007 votes as of Tuesday, putting him ahead of
Though his numbers are down — Trout is batting .280 with 10 homers, 35 runs batted in and an AL-high 59 strikeouts — he appears well on his way to his third All-Star game and to joining Rod Carew, Fred Lynn,
"I'm going out there and playing with some passion and some fun," said Trout, whose seventh-inning sacrifice fly gave the Angels a 5-3 lead Tuesday night. "I had a lot of fun at the last two All-Star games, so it would be a blast to go this year."
It might be even more fun if he participated in the
"I probably wouldn't do it," Trout said.
That sigh of relief you just heard was from Angels Manager
"I don't like it," Scioscia said. "I think it has great fan interest. I even like watching it. But when it's one of your players doing it, I'm not a fan. I don't know if a player ever takes that many full-gorilla swings in that short of a time.
"It's like a long-drive contest for a golfer who has to rely on touch. I don't think they would like that."
Scioscia said home run derby participation "is totally a player's decision," but he has advised players against it because he believes it can lead to bad swing habits and even injury.
Oakland slugger Yoenis Cespedes missed five games because of a wrist injury sustained in the 2013 home run derby, and
Abreu, then with the
Wright, who made it to the derby finals on the strength of his 16-homer first round in 2006, went from 20 homers in 386 plate appearances in the first half to six homers in 275 plate appearances after the break.
Of the four Angels to participate in the home run derby since Scioscia became manager in 2000 — Troy Glaus (2001), Garret Anderson (2003), Guerrero (2007) and
"I would advise any of our guys not to do it, just for the wear and tear it takes on your swings," Scioscia said. "It's a challenge for a player to do that. That's a lot of swings, and these guys are not holding back."
Trout took part in the Class-A Midwest League home run derby in 2010, and though it "didn't turn out too well, I hit, like, two or three homers" — he said it did not affect his swing.