Trout at 25: Counting down 5 of the birthday boy's best moments
A very happy birthday to Mike Trout. On Sunday, the Angels center fielder turns 25. Hard to believe a guy that has been in the top 2 of MVP voting four straight years is only turning 25. While a list of Trout's accomplishments before he was able to legally rent a car in most states is long, we've decied to narrow it down to our five favorites.
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5. Youngest player to hit for the cycle.
At just 21 years old, Trout clubbed a home run in the eighth inning of a win against the Mariners at Angel Stadium. His previous three at-bats prior to the homer: infield single, triple and a double. Trout became the youngest to ever hit for the cycle and the sixth Angel to do so.
4. Rookie of the Year
With 28 or 28 first place votes, Trout ran away with the Rookie of the Year voting in 2012. One of only two Angels to win the award -- Tim Salmon being the other -- Trout is also the youngest American League winner of the award.
3. Back-to-back All-Star MVP
A five-time All-Star by 25, Trout became the only player to ever to be named MVP of the All-Star Game two years in a row. He's pretty much the All-Star of All-Stars.
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2. The Catch
If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and go here now. You'll be watching this on repeat for a solid hour.
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1. 2014 AL MVP
Trout's MVP really should be plural. Winner of the MVP in 2014, Trout has been in the top 2 of MVP voting four consecutive seasons. So far this year, Trout's batting .316 with 21 HR and 74 RBI. Sounds like a fifth straight year in the top 2 kind of numbers to us.