For the Los Angeles Angels, this season is all about the silver lining. For a player like Mike Trout, the individual awards fail in comparison to a championship.
The Los Angeles Angels have just 12 games remaining on the schedule. However, this season isn’t a complete loss. Mike Trout has been nominated for the Esurance Best Major Leaguer Award. Does Trout have a chance to win the MVP award?
To receive this award is an honor, Trout deserves this award. He’s our MVP. This guy shows up every day and plays the game the right way. You never hear negative stories about Trout. In fact, you see Trout posing for pictures with fans, signing baseball’s for kids, and silent when it comes to negativity surrounding the team.
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As bad as the Angels have been this season, Trout hasn’t been vocal at all about management. This aspect of Trout is debatable in terms of positive or negative. Some will argue that Trout’s silence is a weakness. Others will argue that Trout is faithful and loyal, which is why people love him.
Sep 19, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) smiles to the bench after hitting a triple and driving in a run during the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Trout is so good that Jerry Crasnick of ESPN recent wrote a piece calling Trout boring, uninteresting, and claims that Trout’s good nature is the reason he’ll be overlooked when the awards come out in November.
Trout is cheerful and vanilla, and with the exception of a recent car accident, he never makes news and has been dominating the game since 2012, and what do we really know about him? He roots for the Philadelphia sports teams, and he’s a weather geek. That’s pretty much it. – Jerry Crasnick
This is more of a swing at the Angels organization than a stab at Trout. Crasnick is saying Trout can’t win the award being on a bad team because he’s not a story-line. The MVP award is one of the most over-analyzed awards in all of sports.
The way i choose my MVP is i ask myself “Where would this team be without their star player?” So, let’s ask the question: Where would the Angels be without Trout? How many wins would the Angels have without Trout?
I can honestly say the Angels would be in horrible shape without Trout. That alone gives Trout the rights to this award. The other recipients include Jose Altuve, Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant, and Josh Donaldson. All of these players are more likely to win this award because of where their respective teams stand.
However, the Blue Jays would still be decent without Donaldson, the Sox and Astros would be in the same position without Betts and Altuve. Looking at the Cubs, they’re are so deep that Bryant wouldn’t be missed. However, the Cubs probably wouldn’t be as dominant as they are without him.
The fact of the matter is Trout will be a nominee every year that he plays baseball. He’s one of the league biggest stars. It’s up to the Angels to surround Trout with enough talent for the Angels to be noticeable to the national media to propel Trout to another MVP award.