Most recently, The MVP of the Los Angeles Angels was recognized as the AL MVP. However, there might be more to this award than just the MVP.
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Sep 26, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) at bat in the fourth of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The Los Angeles Angels have one of the best young players in the game in Mike Trout. Not only has he won his second AL MVP Award, he’s also got a shoe deal from Nike and is widely respected in the MLB. Trout’s numbers were too much to ignore, Trout hit .315 with 29 homers, 100 RBIs, and an OBP of .441.
The New Jersey native is one of the league’s biggest stars, he’s always signing autographs and taking photos with fans. Trout is one of those players that gets a kid into sports. You remember that player who got you into baseball. You buy his jersey, shoe’s, and the team fitted hat. Trout is that player for many Angels fans and fans of baseball.
However, there is one underlying problem with Mike Trout’s success. He currently plays on a bad team. As a result, Trout play stands up among other teams. He’s like Kobe Bryant on the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006. The MVP of the American League plays on a team that literally won 74 games last season. The Angels finished five games ahead of Oakland.
It’s not unheard of for a player to win the MVP Award on a losing team. The last player to achieve this was none other than Alex Rodriguez in 2003. At the time, Rodriguez was playing for the Texas Rangers at that time, it was shortly after he joined the New Yankees and the rest is history.
I am not saying that Trout is going to leave the Angels because of A-Rod. However, the Angels must surround Trout with talent. Winning MVP awards is great, individual accomplishments are great for a player to acknowledge and smile about. Although, they fail in comparison to a World Series Championship.
So far this offseason, the Angels have some new players in Cameron Maybin and Jesse Chavez. While Maybin is a much need addition to the outfield. Chavez was a head scratcher. It’s interesting to take a pitcher who’s started for only two of his 10 seasons and name him a starting pitcher.
We all know Trout is loyal, we all know he’ll never speak publically about the lack of talent in Angels organization. However, the Angels cannot continue to waste the prime years of Mike Trout. If Trout plays out his contract and the Angels fail to make the much-needed changes. Trout leaves to go win a title somewhere else, could we blame him?
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Absolutely not, Trout would have every right to leave and join another team when his contract expires in 2020. As a result, the Angels will sink further into the bottom of the league. Think about it, the Angels won 74 games with Trout. If Trout wasn’t playing this season, it would have been much worse.
This isn’t about the injuries to the pitching staff, this isn’t about Mike Scioscia‘s tenure. This is about winning games. The Angels aren’t winning games, you can spin it any way you wish. Any player as good as Trout will eventually want to see results, especially after being swept out of the first round of the playoffs in 2014.
This upcoming season, the Angels will probably be better. However, Texas, Houston, and Seattle will be better too. As a result, the Angels have to drastically improve huge problems that could be their undoing next season. After all, Trout’s contract ends in three years.
Trout has only got to sniff the playoffs, he really hasn’t had the full meal yet. As a result, the Angels are without a postseason series win with Trout, which is alarming. The Angels must improve and make some postseason noise, and the must do it quickly. I’m looking at you, Billy Eppler.