The frustration is typically more subtle, but when Mark Trumbo popped up to the catcher with two on and one out in the sixth inning Sunday, and flung his bat to the ground in disgust, it didn't stand out to manager Buck Showalter.
It's very early, but Trumbo, the majors' reigning home run king, isn't replicating that success so far in 2017. Showalter said the level of concern for the team's biggest offseason signing isn't high for precisely the reason that frustration exists.
"Mark's pretty hard on himself," Showalter said. "He could hit 10 line drives in a row, and the 11th one … he expects good things from himself every time up. That's part of the reason why...
A baseball umpire trainee runs toward first base to get into position to make a call during an instructional camp session at Compton Community College. The umpire camp is operated by Major League Baseball and includes on-field and classroom instruction.