Mike Trout made it home for dinner.
The Millville native and American League Rookie of the Year spent one of his final nights in South Jersey — he'll head to spring training shortly — at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill Monday, accepting the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association honor of Pro Athlete of the Year at their 107th dinner banquet.
He spent time talking hunting, fishing and baseball — with Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel just a few feet around the corner — before accepting the well-deserved honor after his first full season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Trout hit .326 for the Angels last year and became the first player in MLB history with at least 30 homers (30), 125 runs (129) and 45 stolen bases (49) and finished second in the AL MVP voting.
"It feels good to be recognized by the home fans and home media and just being on the East Coast," Trout said. "It was fun playing, doing my thing. I can't really explain it. I just went out there and played and the numbers were there at the end. Getting (Rookie of the Year) was a great honor and just being in the MVP talks was an incredible feeling."
Mike Trout honored at Philadelphia Sports Writer's banquet
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