Trout joins elite listing with third AL MVP honor

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Los Angeles Angels middle fielder Mike Trout grew to become the 11th participant in baseball historical past to win not less than three MVP awards, topping Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman in outcomes introduced Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Sep 5, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels middle fielder Mike Trout (27) waits for the following pitch through the fifth inning towards the Oakland Athletics on the Oakland Coliseum. Necessary Credit score: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports activities – 13311202

In voting by the Baseball Writers Affiliation of America, Trout obtained 17 first-place votes and 355 voting factors. Bregman was the runner-up with 13 first-place votes and 335 factors, and Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien was a distant third with 228 factors.

Trout joins an inventory of gamers with three-plus MVPs that’s headed by Barry Bonds, a seven-time winner. Nobody else has received greater than the three received by Trout, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Schmidt, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Stan Musial, Joe DiMaggio and Jimmie Foxx.

“It’s fairly unbelievable,” Trout stated on MLB Community. “My profession thus far has passed by so quick, and it’s been unbelievable.

Trout, 28, additionally received the award in 2014 and 2016. His newest victory got here even though he missed the final three weeks of the season because of a lingering foot damage.

Requested if he thought the early finish to his 12 months may cost him the MVP award, Trout stated, “It undoubtedly did. I used to be taking part in most likely a month with (the damage), and it was to the purpose the place I couldn’t play anymore. And clearly Bregman, we play towards him on a regular basis, and Semien, simply an unbelievable season that they had. I used to be undoubtedly following all of them. Each time we face Oakland or the Astros, they had been doing one thing particular.”

Trout completed within the prime two in AL MVP voting for the seventh time in eight full main league seasons. This 12 months, he led the majors with a .438 on-base proportion and the AL with a .645 slugging proportion whereas batting .291 with 45 homers (second within the AL) and 104 RBIs.

Bregman, 25, tied for third within the AL with 41 homers and got here in fifth within the league with 112 RBIs. He batted .296 with a .423 on-base proportion (second) and a .592 slugging proportion (third).

Semien, 29, was an MVP finalist though he has but to make an All-Star group in his profession. His key offensive numbers this 12 months had been all profession highs: .285 common, .369 on-base proportion, .522 slugging proportion, 33 homers and 92 RBIs.

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