Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 7/4/14
Mike Trout: widely regarded as baseball’s best player, most complete five-tool talent since Bo Jackson and sought after by every team in the majors. Why is it then, that this 24 year old phenom has never been officially recognized as baseball’s best? Having shown glimpses of his undeniable talent in a 40-game stint in 2011, Trout arrived in astonishing fashion a year later, recording 30 home runs, 83 RBIs, 49 stolen bases and a .326 average on his way to Rookie of the Year honors and a second-place finish on MVP voting. 2013 was much of the same as he hit 27 home runs, 97 RBIs, stole 33 bases, hit for a .323 average and drew 110 walks. Perhaps 2012 was a slightly better season, but last year was still good enough to win most valuable player, surely? Wrong again. So what was it preventing this “can do it all” player from being accepted as baseball’s best? Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera, a twelve-year veteran, had been knocking around among the league’s top producers for the last decade. Having
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