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Mike Trout wins AL MVP award for his worst MLB season – SportsUntapped.com
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Added November 15th, 2014 by Ian

Mike Trout wins AL MVP award for his worst MLB season
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You must be quite a baseball player if you can take home the American League’s most valuable player award after having your worst full season in the Major Leagues. That’s exactly what happened to 23-year-old Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels as he was honoured with the 2014 AL MVP award following his worst season statistically in the big leagues so far. Of course, Trout’s worst season was regarded as being better than anyone else’s best this year and it’s hard to argue with his selection. Ironically, he was the runner-up for the award the past two years as it went to Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Trout lead the AL this year in total bases with 338, as well as in runs scored at 115 and in RBIs with 111. He also had a career-best 36 home runs. However, on the downside, Trout struck out a career-worst and league-high 184 times in the 2014 campaign. He also played well defensively as usual and helped the Angels finish the season with the best record in the Major Leagues. They struggled in the playoffs though and were knocked out by the Kansas City Royals.

But while Trout still had an excellent season it’s interesting to see how his numbers compare to his first two full seasons in the league. We won’t include his rookie campaign in 2011 since he was just 19, played just 40 games and only got up to bat 123 times. The biggest drop off was in stolen bases. Trout led the league with 49 steals in 2012, then stole 33 last year but had just 16 this season. The centre fielder scored 129 runs in 2012 and crossed the plate 115 times this year.

In addition, the native of Vineland, New Jersey had a .287 batting average this summer compared to .323 last year and .323 two years ago. His 173 hits were also down from 190 and 182 over the past two campaigns. Trout’s on-base percentage dipped to .377 in 2014 after seasons of .432 and .399 and his OPS (on-base and slugging percentage) fell to .939 from .988 last year. The three-time all-star continued to play well defensively in the field with a 99.2 fielding percentage, which was best for fourth in the league this year. He’s been top-five in that category in the past three seasons.

There’s no doubt Trout is one of the best young baseball players in MLB history as he’s already won the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Award, the 2014 AL All-Star Game MVP Award, the 2014 AL Hank Aaron Award and the 2014 AL MVP honours. He’s also led the league once each in stolen bases, extra-base hits, times on base and RBIs. Trout has played 493 career regular-season games up to now and has 98 homers, 307 RBIs, 373 runs scored, 572 hits, and 102 stolen bases while being caught stealing just 14 times.

If Trout can win the MVP award after having an off-season by his standards, then the sky’s the limit for this young man. It’ll be interesting to see how the rest of his career pans out and if he’ll be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame when he retires like most fans believe he will.

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