Mike Trout: 3 reasons outfielder does deserve to be named All-Star starter

Mike Trout, LA Angels. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
Mike Trout, LA Angels. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images) /
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LA Angels, Mike Trout
Mike Trout, LA Angels. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images) /

There has recently been discussion that LA Angels franchise player Mike Trout doesn’t deserve to be voted to be a starter for the All-Star Game on Thursday night.

It’s one of the most ridiculous takes I’ve heard all season.

The best player of the past 11 years absolutely deserves to hear his name called on Thursday night, and undoubtedly deserves to be the leading vote getter among AL outfielders.

No. 1 reason why Mike Trout does deserve to be named as an All-Star starter: His 2021 performance

First and foremost, Mike Trout deserves to be named an All-Star starter because of what he did when he’s been on the field this year.

Cry me a river. Obviously, Trout has only played in 36 games this year. However, his play in those 36 games was the best he’s ever played in his career.

His .333 batting average and .466 on-base percentage were the best of his career, and he also slugged an incredible .624. His 1.090 OPS is also the best of his career.

He was on pace for 36 home runs this year, and 103 runs scored. He also hasn’t made an error in multiple seasons.

Trout has been injured, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he absolutely was the best position player in baseball for the time he was out there. It wasn’t that close either, and nobody would doubt that he is truly the best position player in baseball right now.

Therefore, why not let him claim his spot as the best player in the game this year. It’s not like he didn’t play at all, and he’ll be back shortly after the All-Star break. They’ll award the center field spot to the next best guy after Trout wins it, and that player will get his recognition.

Trout deserves his recognition as well.