Photo of Tommy Milone giving up a home run to Mike Trout on May 21, 2017 by D. Benjamin Miller [Public domain or CC0], from Wikimedia Commons.
Photo of Tommy Milone giving up a home run to Mike Trout on May 21, 2017 by D. Benjamin Miller [Public domain or CC0], from Wikimedia Commons.

MLB Greatness and Trout 5 Design, with Mike Trout

Mike Trout hits a home run off Tommy Milone on May 21, 2017. Photo Credit: D. Benjamin Miller [Public domain or CC0], from Wikimedia Commons.
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Ever wonder how the best player in professional baseball stays on top? Well, this week you’ll hear from the man himself. Hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly sit down with MLB superstar Mike Trout to go inside the head of the league’s best player. First, we talk with Mike Ekstrom, former MLB pitcher and Nike’s current Product Line Manager for Cleated Footwear. You’ll hear what it’s like to work alongside Mike Trout to develop, design, and produce cleats that can handle the playing style and demands of a superstar athlete. Discover how the Trout 5 cleats are “data-informed’ and how that data translates to a physical pair of cleats. We also talk to Ekstrom about his former playing days and how he prepared to face the big hitters. After that, we hear from the superstar himself – Mike Trout. You’ll learn how Mike keeps his drive to remain the best player in baseball day in and day out. Mike talks about the importance of keeping his routine during the ups and downs of a professional season. You’ll also hear how the mental side of the game impacts overall performance and why Mike makes sure not to get too into his own head with data and statistics. Lastly, Mike tells us what it was like to work with Nike to make his signature shoe/cleat, the Trout 5.

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