ON DECK: Trout will have to settle for Rookie of the Year
For the first time in Major League Baseball history, a guy had 30 home runs, 45 steals and 120 runs in a season.
But if you mention Mike Trout as the favorite to win the AL MVP, people look at you as if you're nuts.
No, Mike Trout's historic season won't net him an MVP. He'll have to settle for Rookie of the Year. Because someone in the AL is winning the triple crown.
Not everyone who wins a triple crown gets the MVP award, too — in fact, it's somewhat rare. But Miguel Cabrera is playing on a division champ, while Trout's Angels spent a trillion dollars in the offseason to miss the playoffs.
It's not the Miggy shouldn't be MVP — he absolutely deserves it. But in a year where Yadier Molina is likely to finish fourth in the NL MVP voting, it's unfortunate to see Trout not take home some hardware. MVP hardware, that is.
Can we just name him NL MVP?