Throughout his career, Mike Trout has been generally viewed as the best player in the MLB. He quite possibly his biggest threat to the throne this season, but has once again sent the competition packing.
In his rookie season, the debate was between Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera for the title of best in the league. Even though Cabrera won the Triple Crown and American League MVP, it was clear who would take a firm hold of the throne next season. After Cabrera came Bryce Harper, but health and a better all-around game kept Trout at the top.
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It seems the cross town LA Dodgers have a new “threat” every year. First Yasiel Puig, then Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, and now Cody Bellinger. While they have combined forces to form one of the best squads in recent MLB history, none of them bring the individual presence Trout does.
However, this season brought an entirely new threat. The New York Yankees brought in Aaron Judge, a 6’7″ behemoth outfielder who can hit for average and power while also playing great defensive baseball. He lit the internet on fire, while Trout sat and watched as the country rose for “The Judge”. At the All-Star break, Judge had 30 big flies, a .319 batting average, 44 RBI’s and everyone’s vote for MVP.
Mike Trout had a rehab assignment for a torn ligament in his thumb.
However, once the regular season picked back up, Mike Trout had a throne to reclaim. And that he did.
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Mike Trout is hitting .368 with five home runs, 14 RBI’s, and 14 strikeouts to 14 walks. Meanwhile, Aaron Judge is hitting .174 with four long balls, nine RBI’s, and 30 strikeouts to 17 walks. The Yankees have slowly been losing their grip on a playoff spot, while the Angels are winners of four straight and two games out from the second Wild Card spot, and only three behind the Bronx Bombers.
With the Angels (and Mike Trout) hot, and the Yankees (and Aaron Judge) struggling, this case is closed.