Mike Trout did not make it past the first round in this winter’s “Face of the Franchise” tournament on MLB Network, losing to Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt in the first round. But the Angels star is not lacking for name recognition in the nation’s highest political office.
In a speech at Michigan State University on Friday, President Obama invoked Trout’s name while discussing the farm bill that Congress just passed.
The dynamic Trout, a 22-year-old two-way star, was the American League rookie of the year in 2012 and runnerup to Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera in most valuable player voting in both 2012 and 2013.
“Now, despite its name, the farm bill is not just about helping farmers,” Obama said. “[Agriculture] Secretary [Tom] Vilsack calls it a jobs bill, an innovation bill, an infrastructure bill, a research bill, a conservation bill. It’s like a Swiss army knife. It’s like Mike Trout, for those of you who know baseball. It’s somebody who’s got a lot of tools and multitasks. It’s creating more good jobs.”