Angels’ star Centerfielder Mike Trout was announced as the American League Most Valuable Player of the 2019 season.
Mike Trout received 17 first-place votes while Houston Astros’ Third Baseman Alex Bregman received 13 first-place votes. With Trout taking 17 out of 30 first-place votes that means he has now won the AL MVP 3 times (2014,’16,’19).
Mike Trout has made it well known that he feels that this was his best season and said, “Just felt like I was the most consistent at the plate. I felt good all year. I had a couple of skids, but I was able to get out of them quickly. I had a lot of help from my hitting coaches. I had a great year. I felt good.”
The 2019 season was on pace to be Trout’s best, but missed the final 3 weeks due to a foot injury and ended up finishing with a slash line of .291/.438/.645. He also hit 27 Doubles, 2 Triples, 45 Home Runs while driving in 104 runs. Trout also stole 11 bases in 13 attempts, drew 110 walks and struck out 120 times.
Mike Trout now joins the likes of Jimmie Foxx (1932,’33, ’38), Joe DiMaggio (1939, ’41, ’47), Stan Musical (1943, ’45,’48), Roy Campanella (1951, ’53,’55), Yogi Berra (1951, ’54,’55), Mickey Mantle (1956,’57,’62), Mike Schmidt (1980,’81,’86), Alex Rodriguez (2003,’05,’07), and Albert Pujols (2005,’08,’09) as the only players to have been awarded 3 MVP awards.
The only player in Major League Baseball history that has more MVP awards than Trout is Barry Bonds, who won 7 MVP awards (1990, ’92,’93, 2001-04).
Trout also joins Barry Bonds and Albert Pujols as the only players with at least seven top 2 finishes in the MVP voting.
Mike Trout has never finished below 4th in MVP voting in his first 8 full seasons in the big leagues and has finished in the top 2 in the MVP race every year with the exception being in 2017. He finished in 4th due to him being out with a thumb injury for 2 months. Trout continues to amaze and every year he gets better at something and the 2020 season will hopefully be another season that Trout continues to amaze.
New Angels manager Joe Maddon when speaking about Trout’s 3rd MVP said, “Mike is a one of a kind player. There is no comparison that I’ve seen since 1981 when I began as a Coach, Manager, and Scout. His complete skill set is generational and stands up to every generation that participated in our game.”
“Trout is the player I would recommend be required watching by all youngsters who want to become a Major Leaguer- Be Like Mike!”
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