Found July 10, 2012 on Unathletic:

If you follow baseball you know that a wave of youth is taking over the league. Included in this wave is phenom OF Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. Mike Trout is a stud. I do believe he’s going to be the best player in Major League Baseball very shortly if he isn’t already…..

However, every “expert” in the game has declared Mike Trout the mid-season MVP of the American League… Jeff Passan, The ESPN experts, etc… All say Trout’s the man…

We respect the man, but Unathletic politely disagrees and here are 5 Reasons Why….

5.) To Say That Trout is Solely Responsible for the Angels Turnaround is Ridiculous

“When he walked into the Angels’ clubhouse April 28, they were 6-14, nine games behind Texas and tied for the second-worst record in baseball. Since that day, they own the BEST record in baseball (40-23), and if the postseason started tonight, they’d be a playoff team.” The team that signed Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson started slow. They also have the best pitcher in the American League, and a young star in Mark Trumbo. Did you think they were going to stink all season? Yeah Trout sparked ‘em, but the team was built to win games in the crappy AL West without him.

4.) Trout Leads the League in AVG. and SB.

First, I could score runs hitting in front of the likes of Pujols and Trumbo. Second, there are guys with Home Runs, RBIs, Runs, Avg. on better teams that I think should get the nod. Trout is going to have fantastic stats, but they aren’t the stats that save MOST VALUABLE….

3.) Is Defense Considered?

How much does defense count in MVP voting? If it factors in; I have little defense against Trout being the MVP because he’s a stud outfielder.. But, Cano is the best second baseman in the American League.. Trout’s not necessarily the best outfielder in the American League. Is Trout better than Adam Jones? Tough questions my friends…

2.) Josh Hamilton

Player A: .308 Avg., 54 Runs, 27 HRs, 75 RBIs, .380 OBP, .635 SLG., 1.016 OPS

Player B: .341 Avg., 57 Runs, 12 HRs, 40 RBIs, .397 OBP, .562 SLG., .959 OPS

One guy is on a first place team with a great lineup and mediocre pitching, the other guy is not on a first place team with a very good lineup and tremendous pitching…. Yawn

1.) Mike Trout is Terrific, but He’s Also New and Exciting

At the end of the day, we’re really splitting hairs. Trout is great, and I’m not saying Cano or Hamilton deserve the MVP more than Trout. I do believe that the fact he’s new and exciting is seducing these experts and they’re trying to be sexy with their MVP picks. I’ll be shocked if he actually wins it this season….



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