Mike Trout

Millville native Mike Trout, returning to the dugout after hitting a sacrifice fly for the Angels at Texas this year, has had a first two full seasons in the major leagues that place place him among many of the game’s immortal players.

Mike Trout has hit home runs on national television.

The 2009 Millville High School graduate has made leaping catches that are routinely shown sports highlight shows.

The Los Angeles Angels star is one of the faces of baseball and appears in national television commercials. He is famed for his versatility.

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But on Friday, Trout became even more a part of American culture. The President of the United States dropped his name.

President Barack Obama signed a farm bill Friday afternoon and spoke about it during a news conference at Michigan State University.

“It’s like a Swiss Army knife. It’s like a Mike Trout,” the president said, of the bill, referring to Trout who is known as a five-tool player for his versatile skills. “It multitasks. It’s creating more good jobs, gives more Americans a shot at opportunity.”

Obama could have chosen Lebron James. The president could have chosen Peyton Manning. Instead, Obama chose Millville’s own Trout.

Ironically, Trout’s dad Jeff served as Cumberland County Freeholder from 1999-2008 — as a Republican.

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Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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