Mike Trout makes his decision: He’s playing for the Angels in 2020

Mike Trout is . . . in.

The Angels center fielder will be on the field for the start of the 2020 MLB season after taking almost all of Spring Training 2.0 to decide whether to opt out. He made the announcement Wednesday, saying simply, “I’m playing.”

Actually, Trout had a lot more to say in talking with reporters via Zoom. He spoke highly of the team’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“I don’t think we’ve had any positives other than a couple early. Guys have been respectful of others and everybody is wearing a mask and social distancing and being safe. We’re seeing that. The results are there. We just have to pick it up and stay on it when we’re on the road,” Trout said, per MLB.com.

Trout is especially sensitive to the coronavirus threat because he and his wife, Jessica, are expecting their first child. He said he would leave the team to witness the birth.

“I think the biggest concern the whole time was if there’s an outbreak,” the reigning American League MVP said, per MLB.com. “There hasn’t been one yet. If there was, we would have to evaluate the situation, do what’s right for our family. But everything has been great so far. I’ve been locked in on baseball.”

Los Angeles will open its 60-game season Friday in Oakland vs. the Athletics. 

Trout made his announcement around the time it was being reported that the rival Dodgers had agreed with MVP outfielder Mookie Betts on a $365 million contract extension that exceeds the $360 million extension Trout signed last year.

“I’m happy for him,” Trout said, per MLB.com “Being so close to him now, it’s pretty cool to have him out here. Southern California is great.”

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