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Mike Trout named to All-MLB first team

Another baseball honor for the Angels outfielder

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named to the All-MLB first team on Wednesday, after another typically great, albeit condensed season in 2020. Trout was joined in the All-MLB first team outfield by Mookie Betts of the Dodgers and Juan Soto of the Nationals.

This is just the second year of the All-MLB honors, in which two teams are chosen, each with nine position players, five starting pitchers, and two relief pitchers. The players were chosen by a panel of “media members, broadcasters, former players and other officials throughout the game” along with fan voting.

Trout, who was also named to the All-MLB first team in the inaugural 2019 selections, was the only Angels player among the finalists, which were announced on Sunday on MLB Network.

In 2020, Trout hit .281/.390/.603, a 168 OPS+, with 17 home runs and 46 RBI in the shortened 60-game season. That’s a 162-game pace of 46 home runs and 124 RBI, which would be career bests for the eight-time All-Star and eight-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

It says something of the standard of excellence Trout has set in his career that finishing fifth in American League MVP voting in 2020 was his worst MVP finish in his nine seasons.

Trout will instead have to settle for finishing in the top four in the American League in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+, home runs, total bases, and RBI, and sixth in walks. And a spot on the All-MLB first team. Not too shabby after all.