HE DID IT!
I had a feeling...I swear, I had a feeling...after all that hooplah and griping about how it was preordained that Mike Trout would lose the award, I had a hunch that when it got down to this day, Trout would come out on top.
Well, that’s exactly what happened, to the surprise of most people in baseball as well as most Angels fans. He beat out Mookie Betts, a guy who didn’t have the same numbers as Trout, but he sure was on a better team. Typically, being on a cellar dwellar will keep you out of that MVP prize, but not this year.
This year, justice was served.
Mike Trout was 1st in AL in the following categories: wRC+, RE24, WPA and of course, that fat 10.6 WAR. Trout received 19 first place votes, 8 second place votes and one dummy gave him a third place vote (actually, he also got one fifth place vote and one seventh place LOL). Betts, meanwhile, mustered up 9 first place votes and 17 second place votes. Jose Altuve and Josh Donaldson and Manny Machado rounded out the 3rd, 4th and 5th place finishers.
What a day. I’m so proud of Trout, and I’m glad the writers actually got this one right. I had a feeling...it was just a hunch, but I had a feeling this was going to happen. The right guy won, and we got to see Trout on the verge of tears as his family swooped in on MLB Network live to give him a big group hug.
What a beautiful moment. Sometimes, the BBWAA gets it wrong; with Trout, we just consider it a foregone conclusion that he’ll get robbed. Today, they got it right.
Congrats, Mike Trout. The best in the world is truly our AL MVP.
Here’s how the voting shaped out when all was said and done: