Mike Trout, whose wife is scheduled to give birth to the couple’s first child this summer, was placed on the paternity leave list by the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.
Trout’s wife, Jessica, was originally scheduled to deliver sometime in August. The limit for one point on the paternity leave list is three days. Trout and Jessica already had a name chosen, but wanted to keep it a secret until birth.
The three-time MVP was initially reluctant to play this season amid a pandemic, worried mainly about contracting the coronavirus and passing it on to his wife, a scenario that would force at least the two of them into quarantine and prevented them from seeing their newborns. But Trout̵7;s concerns seemed to subside somewhat after baseball resumed in early July.
“I just can’t wait to meet him,” Trout said a day before the Angels season opening season on July 24, which marked the start of his ninth full season in the major leagues. “We are excited. Jessica has been really strong and brave. I do not know how women do it.”