Angels’ Mike Trout Reels in Silver Slugger

By Brian Helberg

Angels’ superstar centerfielder, Mike Trout, picked up his third consecutive Silver Slugger Award Thursday night. The party does not stop for Trout and his family, as he continues to dominate awards season. Mike Trout is quickly taking over for Derek Jeter as the face of Major League Baseball.

Established in 1980, the Silver Slugger Awards celebrate the top hitters at every position in both the American and the National League. Trout is the best offensive player in baseball, so it is only fitting that he takes home the shimmering bat.

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Trouty finished the 2014 season hitting .287 with 36 home runs, and an American League leading 111 runs batted in. His 36 dingers set a new career high for the 23-year-old phenom. Trout’s wins above replacement numbers blew away the completion; his 7.9 overall total, and his 8.7 oWAR both led the league.

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Trout made a concerted effort to become more of a run producer this season for Los Angeles, and the results speak for themselves. Trout did sacrifice his batting average and stolen base numbers to achieve this, but the trade off was well worth it. Mike Trout developed into a middle of the order bat in 2014, and he figures to be a fixture there for the next 15 years or so.

Angels’ fans have to appreciate moments like these, because players of Mike Trout’s caliber are something rare. Trout is truly a once in a generation athlete, and just keeps adding to his already impressive toolbox. At just 23-years-of-age Trouty has already won enough awards to fill a trophy case. Luckily, after signing an extension worth 144.5 million dollars prior to last season, it is safe to assume Trout has enough room in his home to house the recently acquired hardware.

Mike Trout has been named a finalist for the American Most Valuable Player Award, and all signs point to his name being called on November 13th. Make sure to stay connected with Halo Hangout, as we will have full coverage of Trouty’s big moment next week.