Today Iâ€™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.
The Angelsâ€™ Mike Trout had arguably one of the best rookie seasons in history and thereâ€™s nobody a close second in the American League. And, if not for Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, weâ€™d also be talking MVP.
Trout is the rare combination of power, speed and energy â€“ 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: â€œIâ€™d play with that energy, too, if I was 21 and the best player in baseball. Iâ€™d be bouncing around everywhere, having a great time.â€™â€™
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 ...