At 26 Los Angeles Angels center-fielder Mike Trout already has a career that inspires envy.
The baseball superstar is widely regarded as one of the best (if not the best) players in his sport. He is already a seven-time All-Star and a two-time MLB Most Valuable Player, and he is currently earning more than $34 million per year. But, even though Trout is making millions of dollars as a professional athlete, he's still enamored with another career path where he'd earn considerably less money.
You see, Trout is a self-professed weather nerd. He reportedly owns his own weather balloon, he follows dozens of weather-related accounts on social media and often posts about the forecast wherever he's playing. Trout's wife has even complained on Twitter that the baseball player is "about one weather map photo short of me muting his text message alerts."
Trout is very open about his love of weather reports and his own hobby of tracking big storm forecasts across various TV and online sources, including the Weather Channel. In January 2016, Trout tweeted a video of snow falling near his New Jersey home (he grew up in Millville, New Jersey) to the Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore.
In fact, Trout's obvious obsession with the weather has inspired some of his fans online to wonder if the millionaire athlete would really rather be a meteorologist himself. Well, Trout doesn't exactly seem like he's ready to trade in his spikes for a raincoat and microphone just yet. But, Trout has said he'd like to try his hand at delivering a weather report on TV.
"I would love to try it," Trout said of trying his hand at reporting the weather in a 2015 interview with Yahoo Sports.
In the past couple of years, Trout has even come close to getting his wish. The baseball star called in to the Weather Channel during a 2016 snowstorm to give Cantore an on-air report on how much snow had fallen in his area of New Jersey.
"We probably got about a foot and it's coming down steady right now," Trout said during the segment. "The wind's just what the worst part about it is. It's blowing hard."
"I love it. I love the weather," Trout also confided in Cantore during the interview, in which the baseball player also admitted that he had been getting up once an hour during the night before to measure the snowfall.
Trout also told Yahoo Sports that his interest in weather patterns emerged at a young age because he wanted to track storms so he would know if school might get cancelled. "I was young, and I always wanted to get off school," Trout said. "So I'd ask, 'When's the snowstorm coming?'" (As a baseball player, Trout's hobby also makes sense, considering that much of his work takes place outdoors.)
In July, Trout even gave a live weather report from the dugout of the MLB All-Star Game, telling FOX reporter Ken Rosenthal that he expected the rain to stay away from the game in Washington, D.C.
Of course, if Trout is thinking about a career change, he'll likely have to take a major pay cut. The average salary for a meteorologist is roughly $92,000 per year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's less than 0.3 percent of Trout's current salary.
Meanwhile, Trout isn't the only great athlete to take an interest in the weather. Michael Jordan said in 2015 that he "always wanted to be a weatherman" if he hadn't played basketball. "If I wasn't playing basketball or baseball, I was going to tell you what the weather was going to be like tomorrow," he said.
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