The Battle for A.L. MVP
(NEW YORK) — L.A. Angels outfielder Mike Trout, 21, is in the running for the Rookie of the Year award and the A.L. Most Valuable Player award, too. Trout is hitting .327 with 27 home runs and 77 RBIs, and has a league-leading 46 stolen bases headed into Thursday’s game against the Texas Rangers.
With just about two weeks remaining in the regular season, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera currently leads the league in average (.333) and RBIs (130) and is one homer behind Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton with 41.
Trout appeared on ESPN radio on Thursday and spoke about the possibility of winning both the Rookie of the Year award and MVP.
“As a kid growing up, you want to be the best player in each of the league that you’re in,” said Trout. “It’d be an incredible feeling, it would mean a lot to me.”
“I’m just out there having fun and doing everything I can to help the team win, not worrying about anything else.”
Even with Trout’s performance so far, Cabrera’s numbers don’t lie, and the last time baseball saw a Triple Crown winner was in 1967 when Carl Yastrzemski did it for the Boston Red Sox.
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