We’ve got two Jersey boys in the All Star game and one in the Home Run Derby to root for tonight. The Angels’ Mike Trout is from Millville and Todd Frazier of the Reds is from Point Pleasant. They were both in last year’s game, too.
Both guys have been voted into the All Star Game on Tuesday night at 7:00pm. Todd Frasier will also be participating in the Home Run Derby tonight at 8:00pm.
We’re American League fans so we’ll be rooting slightly more for Trout and the AL team on Tuesday but you know we’ll be screaming for Frazier tonight when he goes head to head with Prince Fielder.
Michael Nelson Trout was born on August 7, 1991 in Vineland to Jeff and Debbie Trout and he has two older siblings, sister Teal and brother Tyler. Mike graduated from Millville Senior High School in 2009 where he played both baseball and basketball earning five letters (three in baseball and two in basketball). In his junior year, he threw a no-hitter against Egg Harbor Township High School. The Thunderbolts made it to the state playoffs and were defeated by Cherry Hill High School East. Initially a pitcher and shortstop, he was shifted to the outfield during his senior year. That year, he hit 18 home runs, a New Jersey high school record. Millville initially planned to retire Trout’s jersey number, but instead began awarding it to the team captain, starting in 2012. Just some of his career highlights so far are being named AL MVP in 2014, being voted into the All Star game four times, All-Star Game MVP (2014), AL Rookie of the Year (2012). He also holds three MLB records: Youngest player in MLB history to reach the 30-30 club; Youngest player in MLB history to record 100 Home runs and 100 Stolen bases; and Youngest player to hit for the cycle.`
Todd Frazier was born in Point Pleasant, the youngest of three boys to Charlie and Jeff Frazier. He grew up in Toms River and starred for the team that won the 1998 Little League World Series. In the championship game he was the winning pitcher, and as a hitter he went 4-4 with a lead-off home run. He was also a member of the 1996 Junior Pee-Wee National Champions. He played high school ball at Toms River High School South. Representing his Little League champion team, Frazier appeared at Yankee Stadium in 1998 standing next to New Jersey-born Derek Jeter during the National Anthem. Fittingly, when he made it to the majors, Frazier would not only play against Jeter in the 2014 All-Star Game—Frazier’s first and Jeter’s last—but just days later would also help the Reds honor the Yankee captain’s final year in baseball in a special pre-game tribute. Todd played in college for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. In 2007, he started all 63 games for Rutgers, posting a .377 batting average, a .502 on-base percentage, and a .757 slugging percentage. He won Big East player of the year in 2007 and was named a Rivals.com All-American.
Tune in tonight to watch Frazier hit against Prince Fielder in the Home Run Derby and watch both of our Jersey boys tomorrow night in the All Star Game.
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