Mike Trout wins Hank Aaron Award

By Ryan Ritchey

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won the Hank Aaron Award for the American League, given to the most outstanding offensive player in each league. Mike Stanton of the Miami Marlins won the award for the NL.

Trout led the league in runs (115) for the third straight season, and hit a career-high 36 home runs which was third in the American League. He also drove in a major league leading 111 runs. That was all on top of the major league leading 84 extra-base hits he recorded in just his third full season.

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This is the award in my opinion that will help give Trout the recognition he needs to win the Most Valuable Player next month. A special panel voted once again. This season the Hank Aaron Award was voted on by five Hall of Famers, Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount along with Aaron and the fans according to MLB.com

Trout has been in the conversation for all of the most outstanding player awards this season and it is well deserved. He had fantastic season, even with a lower average and higher strikeouts. He came within reach of multiple Angels’ records and is still only 23-years old. He has a long career ahead of him, and is still one of the best players the game has ever seen. Congrats to Mike on the award and hopefully this is just the beginning of the awards for him this season.

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