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.



MIKE TROUT 2011 FINEST #94 1 OF 1 RC PURPLE REFRACTORS #1/5 PSA 9 MINT ROOKIE picture
MIKE TROUT 2011 FINEST #94 1 OF 1 RC PURPLE REFRACTORS #1/5 PSA 9 MINT ROOKIE
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(64) Mike Trout 2009-2010-2011 AUTO RC Chrome RED ORANGE GOLD BLUE Refractor LOT picture
(64) Mike Trout 2009-2010-2011 AUTO RC Chrome RED ORANGE GOLD BLUE Refractor LOT
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2012 Bowman Sterling Dual Auto Mike Trout & Bryce Harper RC Superfractor # 1/1 picture
2012 Bowman Sterling Dual Auto Mike Trout & Bryce Harper RC Superfractor # 1/1
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1/1 2012 Panini Prizm Gold Mike Trout Collection. BGS 9.5/10s & PSA 10 26x Cards picture
1/1 2012 Panini Prizm Gold Mike Trout Collection. BGS 9.5/10s & PSA 10 26x Cards
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2011 Bowman Chrome #175 Mike Trout Rookie RC ORANGE21/25+GOLD 45/50 Refractors  picture
2011 Bowman Chrome #175 Mike Trout Rookie RC ORANGE21/25+GOLD 45/50 Refractors
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Mike Trout 2010-11 Bowman Topps Finest ROOKIE GOLD LOT OF 14 Chrome+REF+AUTO RC picture
Mike Trout 2010-11 Bowman Topps Finest ROOKIE GOLD LOT OF 14 Chrome+REF+AUTO RC
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2011 Bowman Chrome #101 Mike Trout Rookie RC ORANGE18/25 +GOLD 32/50 Refractors  picture
2011 Bowman Chrome #101 Mike Trout Rookie RC ORANGE18/25 +GOLD 32/50 Refractors
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2011 Bowman CHROME #101 Mike Trout SP RC GOLD REFRACTORS 29/50 PSA 10 POP 1 picture
2011 Bowman CHROME #101 Mike Trout SP RC GOLD REFRACTORS 29/50 PSA 10 POP 1
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2011 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout GOLD Refractor BGS 9.5 With 10 picture
2011 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout GOLD Refractor BGS 9.5 With 10
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2013 Fleer Retro Mike Trout Precious Metal Gems Green 8/10 PSA 10 POP 1 HIGH END picture
2013 Fleer Retro Mike Trout Precious Metal Gems Green 8/10 PSA 10 POP 1 HIGH END
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2009 Bowman Sterling Mike Trout #BSPMT Black Refractor Auto Rookie /25 PSA 10  picture
2009 Bowman Sterling Mike Trout #BSPMT Black Refractor Auto Rookie /25 PSA 10
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2011 Bowman CHROME #175 Mike Trout ORANGE REFRACTOR RC 14/25 SUPER $$$$ ROOKIE picture
2011 Bowman CHROME #175 Mike Trout ORANGE REFRACTOR RC 14/25 SUPER $$$$ ROOKIE
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