Mike Trout of the Major League Baseball Angels said of Shohei Ohtani's transfer to the Dodgers, ``Obviously I wanted him to come back, but my instinct was that he would go to the Dodgers. I respect his decision.'' I made my feelings clear.

The 32-year-old Trout is one of the major league's best hitters and has won season MVP (Most Valuable Player) three times.He is a member of the Angels' batting lineup under the nickname "Trautani" along with Ohtani, who was with the Angels until last season. I supported you.

Trout responded to an interview in Tempe, Arizona on the 19th regarding Ohtani's transfer to the Dodgers, saying, ``Obviously, I wanted him to come back to the team, but everyone was saying he was going to the Dodgers, and my instinct was that he was going to the Dodgers.'' I thought he would go. It was his decision, so I want to respect his decision. I'm sad to see Ippei go, though.'' He also mentioned the name of Ippei Mizuhara, Otani's interpreter, and revealed his honest feelings.

He then praised Otani, saying, ``What a huge influence he had on the baseball world.He had fans all over the world, and he had a wonderful influence on the baseball world.''

Trout himself remains under contract with the Angels until 2030, but the Angels have been in a slump, missing the playoffs for nine consecutive years.

This off-season, American media reported that Trout might be requesting a trade, but when asked about his departure, Trout replied, ``It's easy to ask a team for a trade, but I'm not under contract.'' "I pledged allegiance to this team when I signed the letter, and I want to win here," he said, emphasizing his desire to advance to the playoffs with the Angels.