Angels center fielder Mike Trout is by most accounts the best player in baseball. The 2017 season is no exception, as he's presently batting .350/.466/.757 with 14 home runs. When you surround such excellence with prevailing mediocrity, which is certainly the case with Trout and the Halos, then intentional walks tend to follow, even in this low-IBB era. Indeed, Trout entered play Sunday with an MLB-leading seven intentional passes on the season. 

That brings us back to the late innings of Saturday's Angels-Mets contest in Queens. The Mets wound up winning by a score of 7-5 (box score), but when Trout came up in the ninth with the bases loaded he represented the potential go-ahead run. So what did Mets manager Terry Collins give serious consideration to doing? The answer from the man himself ... 

Collins thought better of the bold strategy, and reliever Addison Reed wound up limiting Trout to a sac fly. As Collins mentioned, though, there's precedence for such a high-risk maneuver. Please regard the following color-television footage ... 

Yep, that happened back in 1998, and it worked, as Buck Showalter's Diamondbacks held on to win the game in question. 

Look, you already knew that Trout was "Bondsian" in some senses, and here's further evidence of same. Next time, Collins, follow your gut, if for no other reason than our entertainment and uplift.