MILLVILLE — The school district and a sports drink company have reached agreement on a deal that will name the Millville High School varsity baseball field after its most famous player.
The field will be named after American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout during an as-yet-to-be scheduled rededication ceremony that Trout hopefully can attend, Superintendent of Schools David Gentile said. Trout plays outfield for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The agreement also includes BodyArmor Superdrink giving the school district $10,000 to finance upgrades to the varsity baseball field, he said. The laying of new sod in the infield is already under way, he said.
BodyArmor also will film the work on the field and the rededication ceremony as part of the company’s promotional work, Gentile said.
Trout signed on with BodyArmor last fall. Other athletes who serve as spokesmen for the drink include National Football League players LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles, Rob Gronkowski, Ray Rice and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Officials with BodyArmor could not be reached for comment.
The 21-year-old Trout graduated from Millville High School in 2009.
In 2012, Trout became the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit 30 homer runs, steal 45 bases and score 125 runs in a season. Those numbers and his fielding exploits earned him rookie of the year honors. He also finished second in the American League Most Valuable Player balloting.
The local Board of Education ratified the agreement with BodyArmor on Monday.
While plans are still being developed on how to spend the $10,000, Gentile said they likely will finance things such as improvements to the varsity baseball field’s backstop, paint and repairing some part of the field that are rotting.
“It’s not going to be anything overly (flashy),” Gentile said. “We’re going to make the most out of the $10,000.”
Gentile said district officials hope that Trout’s schedule will allow him to attend the field’s rededication ceremony. Much of that depends on Trout’s travel schedule with the Angels, he said.
“Obviously, we would like to have him here,” Gentile said. “Mike is an exceptional success story.”
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