I found this topic on one forum and I found it rather interesting..Some comments were expected as there were lots of people saying that a player that played only 60 games this season can’t be named AL MVP or that there are no players in AL right now that can be called better than Texas’ outfielder..But I’m not one of those..I think Trout should really be considered for MVP as his performances were outstanding,in the outfield,at the home plate or on bases..
Hamilton has been very consistent so far,he’s taking every game seriously and numbers also show that..I’ve seen a lot of Josh Hamilton highlights during these three months of baseball and every time I turn SportsCenter on I see him crushing a homer or having a three hit game..He has the second highest OPS in MLB(Joey Votto #1) which is very good considering there aren’t many players with an OPS over .1000..So after all these information,why am I even putting a rookie into this conversation? Why am I actually trying to prove that there’s a player who can take the MVP title in front of Hamilton’s nose?
Because Mike Trout’s rookie season is pretty much a dream of every minor league player..Many people say that he can’t win the MVP award because the MVP has to have a great impact on the team and needs to lead his team in every single game..Mike Trout doesn’t have an impact on Angels? That’s simply hilarious..I guess that the signing of Albert Pujols made people think that there won’t be a player who can lead this better than him but when Pujols was struggling,Trout was there and he kept the Angels in a close race for the AL West..
His numbers are actually similar to Hamilton’s even though he played 15 games less than him..The only categories where Hamilton outnumbered Trout are HR and RBI but everything else seems pretty even to me..Trout has a significantly better batting average and more bases stolen..
Let’s take a look at the numbers and see why Mike Trout is an MVP candidate:
AB 245, 52 runs, 84 hits, 15 doubles, 3 triples, 10 HR, 36 RBI, 23 BB, 55 K, 23 SB, .343 AVG, .950 OPS
Josh Hamilton’s numbers:
AB 286, 53 runs, 91 hits, 15 doubles, 1 triple, 26 HR, 74 RBI , 33 BB, 75 K, 6 SB, .318 AVG, .1037 OPS