Trout MVP: Finally the Voters Get One Right

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Updated: November 17, 2016

After finishing second three out of the last four years, the case against Mike Trout winning the MVP was getting smaller and smaller.

Today, Mike Trout took home the MVP for the second time in his career. Baseball writers love their narratives, and after picking players because of the team they’re on, or because they won a triple crown, or some other reason outside of value and talent, the writers today voted purely for the best player in baseball.

Trout is far and away the best player in baseball, and although Miguel Cabrera, Josh Donaldson, and Mookie Betts are all fine players, none of those players are more valuable to their team than the best player in baseball regardless of what the rest of their roster manages to do.

Mike Trout became only the fifth player in history to win his second MVP by his age 25 season, and no player in history has ever finished second or better in MVP the first five years of their career, joining Johnny Bench, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, and Jimmie Foxx. Added to his 48.5 WAR, the best ever put up by a player by this point in their career, it’s obvious that Trout is on another level both today and historically.

Trout now has two MVP’s and three more top-two finishes, a rookie of the year, two All Star Game MVP’s, and five silver sluggers in only five years in the majors, probably the best resume any player has put up in their first five years in the majors.

We’ve covered all the reasons not to trade Trout, and how Trout compares historically to fellow Halo greats, but all baseball fans can now start thinking bigger when talking about Trout’s place in history.

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2011 19 LAA AL 40 135 123 20 27 6 0 5 16 4 0 9 30 .220 .281 .390 .672 89 48 2 2 0 1 0 897/D
2012 ★ 20 LAA AL 139 639 559 129 182 27 8 30 83 49 5 67 139 .326 .399 .564 .963 168 315 7 6 0 7 4 *87/9 AS,MVP-2,RoY-1,SS
2013 ★ 21 LAA AL 157 716 589 109 190 39 9 27 97 33 7 110 136 .323 .432 .557 .988 179 328 8 9 0 8 10 *87/D AS,MVP-2,SS
2014 ★ 22 LAA AL 157 705 602 115 173 39 9 36 111 16 2 83 184 .287 .377 .561 .939 168 338 6 10 0 10 6 *8/D AS,MVP-1,SS
2015 ★ 23 LAA AL 159 682 575 104 172 32 6 41 90 11 7 92 158 .299 .402 .590 .991 176 339 11 10 0 5 14 *8/D AS,MVP-2,SS
2016 ★ 24 LAA AL 159 681 549 123 173 32 5 29 100 30 7 116 137 .315 .441 .550 .991 174 302 5 11 0 5 12 *8D AS,SS
6 Yrs 811 3558 2997 600 917 175 37 168 497 143 28 477 784 .306 .405 .557 .963 170 1670 39 48 0 36 46
162 Game Avg. 162 711 599 120 183 35 7 34 99 29 6 95 157 .306 .405 .557 .963 170 334 8 10 0 7 9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/17/2016.

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