In a battle of elite center fielders, Matt Kemp vanquished Mike Trout in the Face of MLB tournament. Kemp, one step closer to eternal glory, will now face Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward in the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, Andrew McCutchen awaits the winner of the Joey Votto-Derek Jeter matchup.
The loss for Trout is surprising because a number of Angels fans on my Twitter feed participated in the voting. And by participated, I mean voted upwards of 100 times. Judging by that, I thought Trout would win in a walk through, but obviously the Dodgers have their own dedicated fans that also were bored at home equally invested in their player winning this great honor. I voted only once, but it appears my vote for Bob Uecker as the face of MLB fell on deaf ears.
Now, though, we must wonder how this loss will negatively impact Trout going forward. Will he lose endorsements? Almost certainly. Does Kemp steal Trout’s baseball powers now in a Space Jam-esque twist of fate? Vernon Wells would tell you that such a thing can happen.
If Trout can muster the inner strength then maybe, just maybe, he can overcome this tough defeat and play at replacement level this season. I’m not holding my breath, though.