The Angels despite having a sub-par last couple of seasons have been able to grab some hardware at the end of the season each of the past four years.
2019 was no different for the Angels as Mike Trout won his seventh Silver Slugger Award for best hitting outfielder, and Andrelton Simmons won the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award at shortstop for the sixth time in seven seasons.
The question now turns to the AL MVP race as Trout is in line to possibly win his third AL MVP award this season. His chief competition is Alex Bregman of the Astros. Trout’s numbers are better than Bregman in almost every offensive category despite missing 25 games at the end of the 2019 season due to a foot injury.
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Trout has often said that winning awards is an honor, but what he really wants is to win some team awards such as an AL West title, ALCS Championship or the Holy Grail, a World Series title. All of these things have so far eluded Trout, but times could be changing soon.
The Angels already brought in the baseball equivalent of the Zen Master in Joe Maddon. All he has done is turn around two habitual losers in ALCS Champions in Tampa Bay in 2008 and help the Cubs win their first World Series in 110 years in 2016. The Angels have the talent and are looking to acquire the final pieces to put everything together in the 2019 off-season.
Will this be enough to help Trout and the Angels final make a post-season run remains to be seen? However, the optimism is flowing in Anaheim again. If the team can acquire two frontline pitchers the sky could be the limit for the Halos.
Back to the matter at hand should Trout win his third MVP Award? The answer is an emphatic YES!!!! It would be a major disappointment to many Angel fans if Trout gets beat out in the MVP race. We will soon find out who the voters chose. Hopefully it will #27!!!