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Mike Trout, Angels outfielder, gets life-sized bobblehead

07/24/2015 11:19 EDT | Updated 07/24/2016 05:59 EDT
Mike Trout has been considered baseball's next big thing for some time.

So, instead of handing out a standard-sized doll of the Los Angeles Angels' star centre-fielder, the team unveiled a life-sized bobblehead of the six-foot-two Trout at Angel Stadium on Friday.

Trout was impressed by the doll when he pulled off a black curtain to unveil it before Friday night's game against Texas.

The six-foot-two doll stands on a base, making him slightly taller than Trout, the reigning American League MVP and two-time all-star game MVP.

He reached up and pulled down on the bill of the doll's cap to make sure the head really bobbled.

So what inspired the giant Trout bobblehead?

The Angels had it built in China after noticing their fans' interest in taking photos with a tall Mickey Mouse statue outside Angel Stadium.

Time will tell if the Trout doll will be even more popular.

He became the first player in 38 years to homer leading off an all-star game earlier this month in Cincinnati, then became the first player to take home the Midsummer Classic's MVP award two years in row.

At 23, Trout has accomplished plenty, from being named 2012 American League rookie of the year to winning three Silver Slugger awards to appearing at four all-star games to last year's MVP award.

In four-plus seasons, he has a .305 batting average, 126 home runs, 364 runs batted in and 111 stolen bases in 587 games.

Trout also boasts a .395 on-base percentage in that time, .558 slugging percentage and .953 on-base-plus slugging percentage.

As a rookie in 2012, he led the majors in steals with 49 and led the AL in walks (110) and runs scored (109) as a sophomore.

Last November, Trout became the youngest to win the AL MVP award in a unanimous vote, receiving all 30 first-place votes, and fifth-youngest winner overall after finishing second to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera in his first two seasons.

In 2014, Trout led the AL with 111 RBIs and batted .287 with a career-high 36 home runs. He also topped the league in both runs scored (115) and total bases (338).

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