- Troy played for
the U.S. in the 1992 Junior Olympics. The club won the bronze medal.
- Troy was San Diego's
second pick in the 1994 draft. Their first was pitcher Dustin Hermanson.
- Troy had such a
strong arm as a teenager that some teams considered drafting him as
- Troy lettered in
baseball all four of his years at Carlsbad High School. He finished
his career as the school’s all-time leader in homers (20) and
on-base percentage (.732).
- As a sophomore
at UCLA, Troy set a Bruin record by homering in five games in a row.
- Troy hit a home
run in the last at-bat of his college career, going deep against Mississippi
State at the College World Series.
- Troy collected
his first big-league hit off of Bret Saberhagen and his first big-league
home run off of Cris Carpenter. Both came in 1998.
- Troy hit 46 of
his 47 home runs in 2002 as a third baseman. His total broke Al Rosen’s
record (43 in 1953) for AL third sackers.
- Troy won the 2002
Big League Home Run Challenge in Las Vegas. He beat current teammate
Luis Gonzalez in the final.
- Troy made his sixth
Opening Day start in a row for the Angels in 2004, matching the franchise
mark of Doug DeCinces at the hot corner.
- Troy's 37 homers
in 2005 eclipsed the Arizona record for corner infielders. The old mark
was Matt Williams's 35 homers in 1999.
- Troy, who wore
glasses or contacts starting in childhood, had laser eye surgery done
before the 2004 season. His vision now is 20/15. He says he went through
20 types of contacts in the 2002 season alone.
- One of Troy’s
nicknames when he played with the Angels was “Big Dog.”
- Troy is an excellent
golfer. His handicap is in the single digits.
- Troy and his wife,
Ann, live in Phoenix. She is an accomplished horsewoman, so much so,
in fact, that Troy had a clause included in his Arizona contract calling
for $250,000 a year for “equestrian activities.”
- Troy donates his
time generously to charitable causes. Among the organizations he has
worked with are the Sertoma Fantasy Camp for hearing impaired children,
the Olive Crest Home for abused children, the Great Strides Walk to
benefit Cystic Fibrosis, and the Rod Carew “Friends of Kiley”
fundraiser that assists sick children in California.
Al Rosen, 1955 Red
Luis Gonzalez photo
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