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June 16, 2013

Q and A: Trout on his first homer, being a Jeter fan and more

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Smitty: Does anyone specifically help you look at video to prepare for an upcoming pitcher?

Trout: Me and Albert (Pujols) sit down and we watch some video. We also look at scouting reports and just anything that can help you get that edge over the pitcher.

Smitty: You and Miguel Cabrera were neck-and-neck for the AL MVP last year. Who is one player who you would most want to talk hitting with?

Trout: Definitely Miguel (Cabrera). What he put together last year and his whole career — just incredible numbers. I talk to Torii (Hunter) a lot and he just tells me great things about (Cabrera’s) approach and just the way he carries himself out there. He hits for power and he drives it. He can the ball the other way a long way.

Smitty: Who is a guy that once played in baseball that no longer does who you would like to talk hitting with?

Trout: (Joe) DiMaggio. And I met Rickey Henderson. It was pretty cool. I met him in Oakland last year. Just a great guy and he’s jacked.

Smitty: Did your dad coach you growing up?

Trout: Yeah, (first coach) and he always coached me in Little League and all the way to high school.

Smitty: You struggled in your first stint major league stint in 2011. What did you learn from that?

Trout: It was tough because I wasn’t an every day (player). And now they’ve given me a chance to play every day and just be comfortable and just go out there and do my thing. When I got sent down the first time, I knew when I was up here I didn’t want to go back to the minor leagues. And I just told myself to just keep grinding it out, put some good at-bats together and things will go good.

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