Originally written November 12, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
Today I’ll preview the Rookie of the Year Awards, which will be announced later this afternoon. The winners are voted for by the Baseball Writers Association of America. American League: The Angels’ Mike Trout had arguably one of the best rookie seasons in history and there’s nobody a close second in the American League. And, if not for Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, we’d also be talking MVP. Trout is the rare combination of power, speed and energy – a five-tool player at 21, drawing comparisons to Mickey Mantle, Rickey Henderson and Ken Griffey Jr. It will be interesting to see how he deals with the weights of repeating and comparison. Former teammate Dan Haren perhaps said it best: “I’d play with that energy, too, if I was 21 and the best player in baseball. I’d be bouncing around everywhere, having a great time.’’ Opponents talk about his passion and skills, and his staggering numbers support the words. Trout hit .326 (four points behind Cabrera) with .399 on-base and .564 ...
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