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Mike Trout named Baseball America’s Player of the Year

Oct 16, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

Mike Trout AP

He was named Baseball America’s Rookie of the Year too, but that’s a no-brainer. It’s the Player of the Year Award that will probably get the Cabreraites a bit miffed:

His all-around performance was stunning enough to put him right in the thick of the American League MVP debate with Cabrera, who won the first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Traditionalists favor Cabrera, but Trout has garnered widespread support through a rare combination of offense, baserunning and superb defense in center field. Trout’s 10.7 wins above replacement (WAR) was the highest for a position player since Bonds posted 11.6 WARs for the Giants in 2001 and 2002.

Trout’s performance earned him another first, becoming the only player to win Baseball America’s Rookie of the Year and Major League Player of the Year awards in the same season.

Of course the Cabrera folks shouldn’t be too upset. The Baseball America’s Player of the Year Award is not a invariable harbinger of MVP awards. Only one award is given out for all of baseball and pitchers win it a lot more often than they do the MVP award. The last time one of BA’s POY’s won the MVP — isn’t that fun to say — was 2009, when Joe Mauer took home the hardware. One of the MVP winners was the Baseball America Player of the Year in five of the last ten years.

Congrats Mike Trout. But Mr. Cabrera should probably still plan on keeping a space open in his trophy case when the MVP is announced.

  1. darthicarus - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Cabreraites, nice. Kudos to Trout on his great season & winning these awards. Still eagerly awaiting the post-MVP bickering that’s going to happen regardless of who wins though secretly I’m hoping the voting ends in a tie.

    • darthicarus - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      Of course I guess typing it out doesn’t mean I’m secretly thinking anything, hmm.

  2. historiophiliac - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    That picture says Angels in the Outfield.

    • Kleinz 57 - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      Hey, Trout might still win MVP. It could happen!

  3. illcomm - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    hmm second to only Barry bonds on steriods. makes u think. he does look like popeye

    • El Bravo - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      Well if spinach is his PED, we can be okay with that.

    • atxjustin - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      Makes you think about what, exactly? How great of a season Trout just had? Why is that some fans, and sports writers, must automatically be suspicious of any player having a great year?

      • deadeyedesign23 - Oct 16, 2012 at 5:42 PM

        Because the players union and Bud essentially mandated that you have to take every great performance with a grain of salt, as unfair as that is.

    • atxjustin - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      Makes you think about what, exactly? How great of a season Trout just had? Why is it that some fans, and sports writers, must automatically be suspicious of any player having a great year?

    • logankivo - Oct 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      if bonds couldnt win triple crown on steroids, whats that say about cabrera

      see what i did there

  4. natstowngreg - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    I have to wonder if BA went with the guy who was at the top of their prospect list (along with Bryce Harper and Matt Moore). As a BA subscriber, I don’t have a problem with that. But then, I’m neutral in the Great Cabrera-Trout Generational Feud.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      Unacceptable. You have to pick a side. Further, you have to denigrate the other one.

      Get with the program.

  5. husky2score - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    It’s scary knowing that he is only going to get better.

    • alexo0 - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      It’s tempting to say that a 20-year-old having a season this amazing will automatically improve all facets of their game, but there’s a real chance he may already have had his career year. It’s quite likely that his power numbers have room to increase. However, a significant portion of his value is built on his speed, which has probably peaked and will gradually decrease as time goes on.

      • natslady - Oct 16, 2012 at 5:42 PM

        Why? No 21-year-olds are fast? Congrats to Mike Trout.

      • alexo0 - Oct 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM

        I’m saying he won’t get any faster, so any increase in value will have to come from somewhere other than his speed. He’ll be crazy fast for a long time yet. I just think he’s probably near his overall peak abilities. On the flip side, I believe that Bryce Harper has a lot of room to grow, and will do so, ultimately becoming more valuable than Trout over the long run.

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 16, 2012 at 6:42 PM

        so… he can’t improve his timing or patience at the plate?

      • nbjays - Oct 16, 2012 at 8:29 PM

        Oh, of course… because 20-year-olds like Mike Trout have obviously peaked whereas 19-year-olds…. oops, he’s 20 now… like Bryce Harper have unlimited potential? Sorry, alex, but your Wonderboy man-crush is showing.

        There is NO valid reason to believe that Harper would only get better and Trout can only get worse… at least not in the real world.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        I think you might be clouded by your Bromance with Bryce Harper.
        I can relate. I once had a long Bromance with Albert Pujols.
        Then he ripped my heart out and stomped all over it.
        Our Bromance abruptly ended.

  6. billymc75 - Oct 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM


  7. peopletrains - Oct 16, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Trout had an incredible year. However, nothing beats a triple crown.

    • thereisaparty - Oct 16, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      History has proven this time and time again. Triple Crown trumps all. Just ask Ted Williams.

  8. yahmule - Oct 16, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Cabrerians seems to flow better.

    Congratulations to Mike Trout. He deserves every good thing that comes his way.

  9. jeffa43 - Oct 16, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    To beat out Trout for this award, you would have had to hit for the triple crown…..

    oh, wait…. ummm… nevermind….

    If a hitter has one of the greatest years ever, but someone the same season has a better year…

    Then that is better…. Just saying.

  10. smftrdr - Oct 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Anyone else upset by the use of “11.6 WARs” ? It’s Wins Above replacments, it’s already pluralized.

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