Trout talks MVP …

Albert PujolsOn how this season compared to the others …

I felt good. The strikeouts were obviously up there, but I had a career high in RBIs, I got to drive in a lot more runs, the power was up. Just happy that I got to get to the playoffs. That’s a big thing, just to get a taste of it, and it’s definitely going to help me out throughout my career.

On his favorite moment from 2014 …

It’s always cool making a diving play or a game-saving catch, but I think the walk-off home run I hit off the Rays, my first career walk-off, was a pretty cool feeling, just knowing that you won the game for your team. It means a lot.

On how he has evolved the last three years …

I think it’s just the experience you get, playing every day and being out there, just learning new things and seeing pitches day in and day out, it definitely helps you.

On the power numbers and strikeout totals being up …

I think it’s just a combination. When I had my chances to run, I wanted to run. But the power is definitely up. It’s just the hard work you put into the offseason, just getting a little older and getting a little stronger definitely helps.

On whether different numbers are a function of what the team needed …

I think moving to the 2 spot gave me a lot more opportunities to drive in runs. At leadoff, you’re kind of like a guinea pig, trying to get on base, trying to get to second base. The RBIs up because my teammates got on base for me and I had more opportunities to drive them in.

On adjusting to seeing so many high pitches …

Sometimes you get a little anxious, and when you get anxious out there, you try to do too much and you swing at those pitches. I’d say the majority of them were balls, just trying to do so much with the baseball. It just looks so big and you get so big, and you just swing through it. Just calming yourself down and controlling your emotions a little bit better, you definitely can learn from it, for sure.

On the build-up to the MVP announcement …

It was definitely a special night. You have family and friends all over, and just anxious throughout the day. The last two years, I was in the same situation and I just kind of knew with the experience I had the last two years, it helped me out a little bit. When the announcement came out, it means a lot. You always want to win, so when you do that, you get emotional a little bit.

On what he took away from the postseason …

It’s tough to do. You have all these high expectations and you want to do so good. If you just go out there and play your game, you do a lot better. If you go out there and try to do too much — especially me as a player, I try to hit the ball so far and try to do so much I get in trouble. You have to trust yourself, stay within your game and do what you have done; what’s got you there. That’s key.

On who helped him out the most …

Your teammates. It starts from the top. The Angels organization for letting me go out and play every day. My teammates; if you’re putting up the numbers, you have to have guys get on base for you, winning ballgames, making the playoffs. I didn’t be here if I didn’t have those guys. It’s always good to have great teammates, have a great coaching staff. It’s a great organization.

On what it means to his hometown of Millville, N.J. …

It’s always fun coming back in the offseason and spending time in the hometown where you grew up. Coming back to Millville, it means a lot. It’s where you came from. Very special people, have family members that live there, and I’ve got friends that live here, too. It’s definitely special for them, too.

Alden

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