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Mike Trout, Angels officially announce his new deal

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Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels officially announced Trout’s $426.5 million, 12-year contract last night.

The details: a $20 million signing bonus, salaries of $16 million this year, $36 million in 2020 and $35.45 million in each of the final 10 years. He gets a full no-trade clause, though he’d achieve that anyway thanks to ten-and-five rights come 2021.

Trout will get a hotel suite on road trips. He also receives four Diamond Club tickets plus a luxury suite for 20 games this year. For the rest of the contract he can pick either the Diamond Clubs tickets or the suite dates for that season. Given that the Angels are still in search of either a new stadium or major renovations to the current ballpark, that could obviously change over time. Either way, it’s fairly safe to say that his buddies will always have a good place to sit in Anaheim.

Trout will make an official celebratory public appearance outside Angel Stadium on Sunday, when the team gets back from spring training for some final pre-season exhibition games.

Trout, in a statement, said “This is where I wanted to be all along. I have enjoyed my time as an Angel and look forward to representing the organization, my teammates and our fans for years to come.” He also thanked Angels owner Arte Moreno.

Moreno:

“This is an exciting day for Angels fans and every player who has ever worn an Angels uniform. Mike Trout, an athlete whose accomplishments have placed him among the greatest baseball players in the history of the game, has agreed to wear an Angels uniform for his entire career.”

Shohei Ohtani, who will likely be spending many, many years with Trout said, “I’m really happy and excited to play with such a great player for a long time. If anyone deserved such a big contract, it’s Mike.”

Straight-away center field will be 385 feet at London Stadium

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Marley Rivera of ESPN has a story about some of the on-field and in-game entertainment, as well as some aspects of the field conditions, for this weekend’s London Series.

The fun stuff: a mascot race, not unlike the Sausage Race at Miller Park or the President’s race at Nationals Park. The mascots for London: Winston Churchill, Freddie Mercury, Henry VIII and the Loch Ness Monster. I suppose that’s OK but, frankly, I’d go with Roger Bannister, Shakespeare, Charles Darwin and Guy Fawkes. Of course no one asks me these things.

There will also be a “Beat the Streak”-style race which had better use the theme to “Chariots of Fire” or else what the heck are we even doing here.

They’ve also taught ushers and various volunteers who will be on-site to sing “Take me out to the ballgame,” which is a pretty good idea given how important that is to baseball. As a cultural exchange, I think some major league team should start using “Vindaloo” by Fat Les during the seventh inning stretch here. It’s a banger. It also seems to capture England a bit more accurately than, say, “Downton Abbey” or “The Crown.”

That’s all good fun I suppose. But here’s some stuff that actually affects the game:

The end result will have some interesting dimensions. The field will be 330 feet down each foul line, and it will have a distance of 385 feet to center field, which will feature a 16-foot wall. Cook also said it would have an expanded, “Oakland-like” foul territory, referencing the Athletics’ Oakland Coliseum expanse.

Those dimensions are unavoidable given that the square peg that is a baseball field is being shoved into the round hole that is a soccer stadium. As Murray Cook, MLB’s senior field coordinator tells Rivera, that sort of thing, while perhaps less than ideal, is at least in keeping with baseball’s strong tradition of irregular field conditions. It will, however, be one of the shortest dead center distances in baseball history.

Oh, and then there’s this:

Protective netting was also an important issue addressed when building the ballpark, with Cook stressing that his team has implemented netting that “is the largest you’ll ever see in any major league ballpark.”

[Craig makes a mental note to bookmark this for the next time MLB says it won’t mandate extended netting in the U.S. because doing so is too difficult]