MILLVILLE - Local educators and a national sports drink company are working on an agreement that could result in Millville High School's baseball field being named for its most famous player, Mike Trout.
The agreement between the school district and Bodyarmor Superdrink also involves the company making significant improvements to the baseball field, high school baseball coach Roy Hallenbeck said.
Part of the agreement involves naming the field for Trout, Hallenbeck said. Should that happen, Bodyarmor hopes to have the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year present for the field's dedication when Trout's team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, makes an East Coast trip this summer, he said.
School district Business Administrator Bryce Kell said Board of Education Solicitor Arnold Robinson is currently reviewing the legal agreement provided by Bodyarmor. He said it is hoped that Robinson will have some kind of review for Bodyarmor's proposal ready for Monday's school board meeting.
Hallenbeck, who coached Trout when he played for Millville High School, is anxious for the district to ratify the agreement with Bodyarmor.
"Bodyarmor is ready to go and I'm ready to go," Hallenbeck said. "I'm pushing them every day. Typical coach, right."
Trout signed on with Bodyarmor last fall. Other athletes who serve as spokesmen for the drink include NFL players LeSean McCoy, Rob Gronkowski, Ray Rice and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Officials with Bodyarmor could not be reached for comment. Trout could not be reached for comment.
According to Hallenbeck, Bodyarmor contacted the district in November. Bodyarmor representatives that month also visited the high school's baseball field, he said.
Bodyarmor put together a list of improvements to the field that would "fit into their budget," he said. Those included upgrading the playing surface, batting cage, dugouts and press box, he said.
"They're not going to put a dome on it," Hallenbeck said.
Hallenbeck said he thinks Bodyarmor's proposal took some people here by surprise. Local residents who know Trout feel differently about him than do many people across the country.
"He's not Mike Trout, superstar," Hallenbeck said. "He's Mike. It may be a little harder to see his national impact when you're this close to him."
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