The Angels have their first player ever to win multiple MVP’s. Mike Trout took home the award for the second time in three seasons after posting one of his best seasons despite his team not making the playoffs. And that was the big debate leading up to the final voting. It was put to rest, however, as Trout’s .315 / .441 / .550 slash line, to go with 29 home runs, 30 stolen bases, great base running and defense, a 171 wRC, 174 OPS+, and 10.6 WAR was the most productive turnout in all of baseball.
Mike is now the the second player in Major League history to finish top-two in the MVP voting in five consecutive seasons. The first was Barry Bonds. And Trout is the first player in history to reach runner-up or better in the first five years of his career. He’s also the youngest player in history to win two MVP’s by the age of 25.
Unlike 2014 (Trout’s first MVP) this was not a unanimous vote, as the young superstar got 19 of 30 first-place votes. Mookie Betts and David Ortiz of the Red Sox, and Adrian Beltre of the Rangers got their share of top votes as well. But it was clearly Trout’s award to win.
Especially considering the Angels were 74-88 on the season. It didn’t matter this time. Perhaps Mike Trout is the poster boy for a transition to a new level of thinking about the MVP award.
Either way, congratulations Mike!