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Phillies fans want to trade the Phillie Phanatic for Mike Trout

Few mascots in professional sports are as universally recognizable or as proficient with a hot dog cannon as the Phillie Phanatic. In his 36 years of existence, the Phanatic has entertained hometown crowds, enraged opposing players and antagonized a manager or two. But, for all his on-the-field success, the being from the Galapagos Islands has never managed to post a WAR figure greater than 10. Or above any mark, for that matter, because he doesn't have thumbs and isn't legally able to be in a Major League Baseball lineup.

That last stipulation might serve as part of the reason that Phillies fans are yearning to acquire the services of Angels outfielder, and Philadelphia-area native, Mike Trout. Over Memorial Day Weekend, a broadcast on a local sports talk radio show included a heated debate about the pros and cons of sending the Phillie Phanatic to Anaheim in exchange for Trout. 

On one hand, Trout received a warm welcome when the Angels rolled into Citizens Bank Park earlier this season. That, plus his 19.7 WAR in his first two seasons demonstrate that he could be a valuable asset to the Phillies. 

On the other hand, he probably doesn't have a noisemaker blowout for a tongue, so ... what would be the point, really?