Trout Should Finally Get His Trophy

Posted on November 6th, 2014 by Matt

For many people, Mike Trout has been the unquestioned best player in baseball for the last couple of seasons. However, in each of those two years, he has lost out on the Most Valuable Player award to Miguel Cabrera. The debate has been a lively one, in terms of which player is actually better, or more valuable to their team. Cabrera’s contribution is almost entirely thanks to his bat, as he doesn’t run well and isn’t particularly adept on defense. Alternatively, Trout is the ultimate all-around player – he has great power, elite speed, and excellent defense in the outfield. While Cabrera still had a good season in 2014, he wasn’t troutquite up to the level that he was in ’12 and ’13, likely setting the stage for Trout to get his first MVP.

A Deserving Winner

With no disrespect to the incredible talent of Miguel Cabrera, Trout probably should have won the MVP at least once already given his all-around game. Even on nights where Trout doesn’t hit a homerun or drive in a runner with a hit, he can still help the team by drawing a walk and stealing a base, or by taking a hit away in the outfield. If salaries were no factor and general managers could pick any one player to start a franchise with, there is little doubt that each and every one of them would select Trout as their top choice.

If you are a baseball collector of cards and other items, you should already have a section in your collection for Mike Trout collectibles. It is not hype to suggest that by the time he is done, Trout could very well be among the best players to ever play the game. Through the first 3+ years of his career, Mike Trout is on a pace that has rarely, if ever, before been seen in baseball history. No baseball collection will be complete without at least a few items representing this incredible talent, regardless of which team you happen to root for.

Eyes on a Different Prize

Of course, the award that Trout has his eye on this season is not the MVP, but rather a World Series title. The Angels are the top seed in the American League playoffs, and Trout will form a scary tandem with Albert Pujols for any opposing pitcher to deal with this October. Although their pitching took a big hit with the loss of Garrett Richards, the Angles are still going to be a tough team to knock out of the playoffs thanks to a solid bullpen and intimidating lineup. If Trout is able to help lead the Angles to the World Series title, he likely won’t be worried at all about who ends up taking home the MVP award.



2011 Bowman CHROME #175 Mike Trout ORANGE REFRACTOR RC 14/25 SUPER $$$$ ROOKIE picture
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2011 Topps Update Mike Trout RC Red Target Us175 psa 10 Gem Mint picture
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2011 Topps Finest Mike Trout Purple Refractor Rookie RC #94 Card /5 BGS 9.5 picture
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MIKE TROUT 2009 BOWMAN CHROME DRAFT PICKS ROOKIE AUTO BGS 10/10 PRISTINE POP 22 picture
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2012 TOPPS MIKE TROUT ROOKIE CARD Auto 4 Piece Jersey Relic Very RARE RC #8/10   picture
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2011 Topps Update Mike Trout ROOKIE RC #US175 BGS 10 BLACK LABEL picture
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2018 Topps Mike Trout / Shohei Ohtani /Pujols Triple Auto BGS 9.5/10 ORANGE 3 /5 picture
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(1) MIKE TROUT 2011 FINEST #94 DIE-CUT MOSAIC PRIZM REFRACTORS #1, 7, or 9/10  picture
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2014 Bowman Platinum Mike Trout Auto Relic /25 Holy Grail 1/1 picture
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Mike Trout’s first BECKETT Rookie Cover True 1 Of 1 Printing Plate 10-2012 picture
Mike Trout’s first BECKETT Rookie Cover True 1 Of 1 Printing Plate 10-2012
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Mike Trout’s first BECKETT Rookie Cover True 1 Of 1 Printing Plate 10-2012 picture
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