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Searching for Mike Trout's flaw

Updated: July 23, 2012, 10:40 AM ET
By Buster Olney

ANAHEIM -- With his headphones on and a towel at the ready in his waistband, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington did his daily 10 laps around the field early Sunday afternoon, walking briskly in his fight against Father Time. When the Rangers' manager finished, he relaxed in the dugout and saw something he had never seen before.

Mike Trout had come out to work on his bunting, and as Washington watched the Angels' phenom square around in his work with third-base coach Dino Ebel, the thought occurred to Washington that he had finally identified something Trout isn't good at.

Trout might have the highest average in the American League. He might be the fastest player in baseball; the Angels clocked him at 3.52 seconds from home to first, almost supernatural. He might be the best player in baseball, as Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane predicted in early May. He might be the best player of his generation, as Albert Pujols said Sunday.

But Mike Trout is not a great bunter, Washington said with a smile.


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