Mike Trout is a savage! On Nov. 17th, 2016, the slugger on the losing Los Angeles Angels was named MLB’s AL MVP. Keep reading to learn 5 things about the young outfielder that might possibly be the greatest baseball player of all time.
1. The baller now has two MVP awards.
Mike Trout, 25, is an absolute beast and has been ever since he got called up to the majors in 2011. He has played in the All-Star game in each of his 5 seasons in the bigs, his first MVP award was in 2014 and the rest of his stats are mind boggling as well. Mike keeps getting better every year and is a threat to pitchers every time he digs into the box.
2. In his first five years in the big leagues, he has never changed teams.
In a sport driven by money, the center fielder has remained loyal to the Los Angeles Angels who brought him up in 2011. He was AL Rookie of the Year in 2012 and has been producing for the Angels every year since. What is most amazing about his 2016 MVP award is that he won it on an Angels team that had a losing 74-88 record.
3. He always finishes in the top 2 of MVP voting.
The dude from Vineland, New Jersey, is simply crazy good at baseball. Without explaining what a WAR stat is and all the sabermetrics behind Mike, what he has done as an MVP is unprecedented. In his 5 years in the bigs he has either won, or finished in second in voting. Incredible. If he continues on this path, he will be baseball’s GOAT.
4. He is fast.
In April of 2015, at 23 years old, Mike became the youngest player to steal 100 bases and hit 100 home runs. Mike can run like the wind and is as strong as an ox.
5. He has a lot left to accomplish.
Before he can go on to be named the greatest baseball player of all time, Mike still has a lot to get done in the sport. Most importantly he has to win a World Series. Whether he keeps winning with the Angels or if he gets moved in a blockbuster trade to the Yankees, baseball fans everywhere will be keeping a close eye on Mike for years to come.
HollywoodLifers, who do you think is the GOAT in the sport of baseball? Where does Mike, the 2016 AL MVP rank up against Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio and the other great players of the game?