Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout has won the American League Most Valuable Player after arguably establishing himself as the best all around player in the Major Leagues since 2012.
Trout who plays for a side that boasts superstars like Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton has deservedly stolen the spotlight and his continued brilliance inspires fans to wear fish-shaped hats in his honour.
Mike Trout joins Mickey Mantle as only MLB players to finish 2nd in MVP voting in two straight years before winning in the award in the third season.
The official voting totals for the award stood as follows:
The 23-year-old produced one of the finest hitting seasons in 2014, he set career highs in home runs (36) and RBI (111) and tied career highs in doubles (39) and triples (nine), this culminated in the Angels finishing with the best record in baseball during the regular season.
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Trout usually conducts himself with a stoic demeanour and its rare to see the powerhouse outfielder show emotion, however his MVP acceptance speech really brought out how much the award meant to the young man.
As Bill Plaschke eloquently put:
After being given the trophy and officially named the American League MVP, Trout exclaimed:
"If you would’ve told me this before the season started, I would’ve just laughed at you.”
Advanced metrics also showed that Trout was far and away the best position player in baseball. His FanGraphs wins above replacement was 7.8, one full win better than any player in either league.
Trout had finished runner-up for the two previous seasons due to offensive output recognition for Miguel Cabrera, Trout couldn't be denied the honour this season/