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  • 26 April 2019
    Rob Manfred placed some of

    the blame for why Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout isn't a more
    marketable player on the All-Star shared Manfred's
    comments ,
    which suggested Trout doesn't spend as much time marketing himself off the field
    as he could:"Player marketing requires one thing for sure -- the player. You
    cannot market a player passively. You can't market anything passively. You need
    people to engage with those to whom you are trying to market in order to have
    effective marketing. We are very interested in having our players more engaged
    and having higher-profile players and helping our players develop their
    individual brand. But that involves the player being actively engaged.Mike's a
    great, great player and a really nice person, but he's made certain decisions
    about what he wants to do and what he doesn't want to do, and how he wants to
    spend his free time and how he doesn't want to spend his free time. That's up to
    him. If he wants to engage and be more active in that area, I think we could
    help him make his brand really, really big. But he has to make a decision that
    he's prepared to engage in that area. It takes time and effort."Trout has a
    number of things going for him in terms of his
    marketability Trevor
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    , not the least of which is his once-in-a-generation type of
    talent.He is a mere 26 years old and is already a two-time MVP, seven-time
    All-Star, Rookie of the Year, two-time All-Star Game MVP and five-time Silver
    Slugger. He drilled a home run during Tuesday's All-Star Game, helping the
    American League win its sixth straight in the annual showdown.Trout already has
    25 home runs this season, marking the seventh straight year he reached that
    total. He also plays in a big market and was visible to a national audience
    during Tuesday's contest when he conducted an interview with the Fox
    broadcasters while playing the field.Despite his immense talent and a career
    that has put him on a sure path to the Hall of
    Fame ,
    a number of features have delved into the question of why isn't he a bigger
    star, pointing to factors such as the long schedule, the lack of transcendent
    stars in baseball compared to other sports and his satisfaction in simply
    showing up to the park and dominating on the field.For his part, Trout said "I
    got to pick and choose when I want to do things" outside of the game, per thing holding Trout back from a bigger national presence is the
    fact that his Angels have made the playoffs just once during his career and were
    promptly swept in the first round in 2014. The playoffs are when household names
    in local markets play in the biggest moments in front of larger audiences, and
    he hasn't had the opportunity to consistently do so.That doesn't seem likely to
    change this year either with his Angels sitting at 49-48 and in fourth place in
    the American League West.Trout remains a singular force on the
    field Greg
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    , but the commissioner believes he can do more to market
    himself even if his team appears set to fall short of the playoffs yet again.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals star Bryce Harper has been pulled from a game after
    being hit by a pitch in the right knee.Harper was struck in the sixth inning of
    Washington’s doubleheader nightcap against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night
    and was replaced defensively in the top of the seventh.Reds reliever Austin
    Brice hit the All-Star outfielder with a curveball. Harper struggled initially
    to put weight on the leg, but eventually made his way to first base. He later
    took second on a wild pitch and came out to play right field in the
    seventh.Mason Williams opened the seventh for Cincinnati with a double into the
    right-center gap. Harper chased after the ball but was clearly limited. He was
    then replaced by Adam Eaton.Harper had two hits in the first game, extending his
    streak of four consecutive games with at least two hits, before going 0 for 3 in
    the nightcap. He is 8 for 17 (.470) with one home run and five RBIs during that
    five-game stretch.