One of the problems with playing on the West Coast is that players sometimes get overlooked at post-season awards time.
That's not likely to happen this year, certainly not with Angels rookie Mike Trout on virtually everyone's radar.
Trout has been at the head of the American League Rookie of the Year class almost since he joined the Angels on April 28. He's been a subject of AL Most Valuable Player talk for several weeks.
At first, it seemed ludicrous to consider him an MVP candidate, but now it has become matter of fact to include his name in discussions. His dual selection as AL player of the month and rookie of the month for July a first for any AL player since the awards were established will only ratchet up his candidacy.
So will this: a comparison of Trout with Ichiro Suzuki, the last AL player to pull off the Rookie of the Year and MVP double, which Suzuki did in 2001.
Through 82 games of their rookie seasons, here is how they match up:
Suzuki, Seattle Mariners: .34...