Mike Trout has been the Angels team MVP since he stepped onto the field in Anaheim. However, this year Trout will be joined by teammate Andrelton Simmons as they share team MVP honors.
There is no argument about Mike Trout or Andrelton Simmons being the best player on the Angels. Trout is the best player in franchise history. However, when he was missing game due to a tear in his thumb, Simmons was showing he is a true five-tool ballplayer and leading the league in Wins Above Replacement for a short stint.
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This is what led to Simmons and Trout sharing the honor. Teammates vote for this award, and it was obvious to them that both of these players had too big of an impact this year to not both be named MVP.
Simmons took his game to an absolutely new level this season. He hit .279 while also slugging at a .421 percentage. He led the team with 37 doubles on the year while also sending 14 balls out of the stadium. He currently ranks sixth in the MLB in WAR, per ESPN. His mark of 7.15 is best among shortstops in the league. Simmons truly turned himself from a defensive specialist into an all-around stud this season.
His 4.26 defensive WAR is tops in the MLB, and by a wide margin. Simmons turns tough grounders into routine outs, and line drives into potential double plays. He flashes the leather like nobody else in the league, and has the defensive IQ to always make the right play. Whether he is falling down or drifting away from his target, he always gets his throw right on target, and more than likely beating the runner.
Trout was having his best season of his career before his injury. However, he came back stronger than ever. He hit .309 with with 33 big flies and 22 stolen bases. Trout ranked second in the league in offensive WAR, despite missing more than a quarter of the season. Trout also showed more discipline at the plate this season, walking 94 times to just 90 strikeouts. This is the first time in his career where he will finish with more walks than strikeouts.
Trout and Simmons both winning the award is exactly the way it should have gone. Simmons kept the team afloat while Trout was out. Trout was his usual once-in-a-generation talent. Hopefully, the duo can take the Halos to the playoffs in 2018, and the years following.