Mike Trout is your American League Most Valuable Player – for the second time in baseball history the league MVP is on a team with a losing record.
Trout has led baseball in WAR for the past five seasons. This was a strange year in the American League where the field of Trout, Jose Altuve, Mookie Betts, and David Ortiz all seemed to blend together.
Maybe the case could be made for one of these other players; but Trout certainly was snubbed in other years that he should have won this award. This is a good thing.
A look at his Baseball Reference page is just astounding. It’s a sterling page without glitch; a beautiful categoric organization of data.
Trout amassed 29 home runs with 100 RBI, 123 runs scored, 30 steals, a .441 OBP, .550 slugging (.991 OPS) and nearly a 10 bWAR (9.9). There’s nothing about what he did that’s short of MVP-worthy.
Hats off to Mike Trout. Still the game’s finest player. So good, some people are bored with him.