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Artist Recreates Mike Trout’s 2014 MVP Season

By Vincent Page
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: American League All-Star Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels poses with the MVP trophy after a 5-3 victory over the National League All-Stars during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15: American League All-Star Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels poses with the MVP trophy after a 5-3 victory over the National League All-Stars during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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When Mike Trout won the 2014 Most Valuable Player Award, it was the climax of his career thus far.

However, for one Mike Trout fan, the 2014 MVP season was a focus for his next art project. Daniel Duffy, creator of artofwords.com, decided to encapsulate the historic season in an incredibly different way.

Duffy took every game-by-game stat of Mike Trout’s season and made it into a shockingly complex piece of art. As seen in the tweet below, Duffy used the stats to outline Trout, and eventually fill in the piece.

Duffy originally started this type of artwork to impress his girlfriend (and future wife). Both from Philadelphia, Duffy explains his thought process.

“She was a huge Phillies fan, and they had just won the World Series in 2008. I started out with my Brad Lidge piece….and the rest was history”.

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Duffy has done a variety of pieces, from musicians such as Bob Marley, to movies such as Rocky, and, of course, some of the best players and moments in sports history.

Of all the athletes in the world, why did Duffy decide on Mike Trout for what is now one of his most popular pieces to date?

“A few reasons – I’m from Philly, and he grew up in nearby Millville, NJ. While growing up – local weather always referred to that area as Vineland, NJ (A larger town). But after Trout entered the majors – the local weather stations switched it to Millville – Trout LITERALLY put his hometown on the map. He’s revered over here in Philly and south Jersey, and will go down as one of the all time greats. Plus, I knew 2014 would be just the first of a long list of MVP awards for him.”

In terms of the process Duffy trusts, he begins by sketching out an image of the subject he chooses.  After that, he goes line by line with whatever words (or in the Trout pieces’ case, stats) Best describe the image. The final step Duffy takes is shading in the piece, which he says is when “the image really comes to life”.

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Overall, this Trout artwork took 50 hours for Duffy to finish. Fortunately, it is one of the best Trout-centered pieces of art made yet. Hopefully he has some time put aside for the rest of Trout’s MVP seasons, because there might just be a few more of those on the way.

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