For the second straight season; Mike Trout is forced to wipe the taste of defeat from his mouth.
Trout followed up his incredible 2012 campaign with an even better season in 2013, but the Baseball Writers Association of America came to the conclusion that one American League hitter was more valuable than Trout. Instead, Miguel Cabrera hauled in the 2013 American League MVP Award for the second year in a row as the Detroit Tigers‘ slugger is quickly becoming one of Trout’s biggest rivals.
At just 22 years old, Trout has placed second in two consecutive AL MVP races, which is remarkable when you really think about Trout’s youth. However, one of the more troubling things about the Los Angeles Angels‘ outfielder is the fact that he’s missed out on quite a bit of hardware despite being the “hands-down” best player in MLB. I have no doubt that in five or ten years from now, most MLB fans will look back at Trout’s early-career success and wonder why he wasn’t a back-to-back MVP winner.
Thankfully, Trout is so young that he has the opportunity to win a handful of MVP Awards before it’s all said and done. One thing to look at moving forward is whether or not the Angels’ struggles will hold Trout back as he tries to haul in the plethora of awards that we’re all expecting. Hopefully Los Angeles can make a postseason push in 2014, because baseball deserves to see the best players in the league take the field in October.