For the eighth time in eight year, Mike Trout has been named Most Valuable Player for the LA Angels.
While the American League Most Valuable Player award is still being debated across the country, Mike Trout can sleep well tonight knowing that he can add the LA Angels 2019 MVP Trophy to his case of awards.
For Mike Trout, 2019 was arguably the best year he’s ever had at the plate. In his opinion, it was just that, and if he had played a full season Trout very well could have wound up leading the entire league in home runs. He’s never done that before, but will look to improve on his career-high 45 dingers in 2020.
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The Angels MVP award is voted on by the players, and Trout has won every year of his career. While he shared the award with Andrelton Simmons in 2017, his name has been mentioned with Team MVP every single season he’s spent in the majors.
And while it’s a shame we couldn’t see Trout finish out the season due surgery to remove a neuroma from his right foot, let’s not forget just how dominant he was in 2019. Throughout the entire season, Trout was the most dominant hitter in the sport, leading the league in a handful of categories.
And when compared to the rest of the Angels? Trout ranked led the team in home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, runs, RBI’s, walks, intentional walks, total bases, extra base hits, and hit by pitches. He ranked top five with 137 hits (2nd), 27 doubles (4th), two triples (5th), 11 stolen bases (2nd), and a .291 batting average (second).
So um, yeah. Mike Trout was pretty freaking amazing in 2019.
To give some credit to some other guys, David Fletcher is a player who was healthy and performed well all year. It would not surprise me in the slightest if he had been co-MVP with Trout similar to when Trout missed time and shared the award with Simmons in 2017.
Besides Fletcher, Kole Calhoun deserved some votes as well considering how phenomenal he played in what could be his final year with the Angels.
But, Mike Trout won the award again, and probably will for the next 5-7 years at least. Maybe they should start handing out an award for the “Non-Mike Trout Team MVP”.