On a night where the spotlight was on the New York Yankees‘ future Hall-of-Famer, shortstop Derek Jeter, it was a young star who showed that he was the best player in baseball.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout beat out some big names in baseball and took home MVP honors. Going 2-for-3 with two extra-base hits and two RBIs, including the game-winner, Trout continued to show that when the biggest moments call for it, he will step up. This is also something great for baseball as he is only 22 years old and can do it all on the field, and they do not have to say farewell to him anytime soon, unlike his teammate last night.
Trout finished a runner-up in the AL MVP voting to Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera in each of the last two seasons. On Tuesday, he thankfully did not get robbed of the award that was clearly his. It’s an award that baseball wants taken seriously, and many should have questioned if it was handed off to Jeter, who did have a good game going 2-for-2.
However, what Trout did swung the momentum to the AL side twice. When a player gives a team full of All-Stars hope of winning twice in a baseball game, not only should he be considered the game’s MVP, but also the sport’s best player when it matters most. It’s a good thing fans can enjoy it for at least another 15 years.