Another chapter was added to Mike Trout's historic rookie season on Monday when the Baseball Writers' Association of American announced his unanimous AL Rookie of the Year selection over other finalists Yu Darvish and Yoenis Cespedes.
And if the book isn't big enough by now, there could be one more chapter waiting to be written as Trout is also one of five finalists for the AL MVP.
It's also worth noting the only previous Los Angeles Angels ROY winner was also a unanimous selection. That was Tim Salmon in 1993, and yes, the Trout-Salmon jokes and headlines just write themselves.
As evidenced by the landslide 28-0 vote and his inclusion in the MVP discussion, Trout's selection as ROY proved to be a no-brainer. From the day — April 28 — the 20-year-old outfielder was recalled and inserted into the Angels' lineup, he was an impact player offensively, a human highlight reel in the outfield, and a terror on the base paths, and the best player on the field more days than not.
To sum it up with an overused baseball cliché, Trout was the spark Mike Scioscia's club sorely needed, as prior to his arrival they were 6-14 and struggling to gain traction in the AL West. After, they were 85-59, which wasn't enough to overcome the Cinderella Oakland A's in the division or the perennial powerhouse Texas Rangers and upstart Baltimore Orioles in the wild-card race, but one has to wonder where the Angels would have been if not for Trout's all-around impact, and also where they could have been had he played 162 games.
Of course that same question could be asked about the numbers Trout would have produced in a full season, but they were plenty ridiculous in 139 games. Despite missing those three weeks plus, Trout still ended up leading the AL with 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases. When you add in his 30 home runs, he became the first to produce a 30-45-125 line in homers, steals and runs respectively. He also finished second in the league with a .326 batting average, third in OBP at .399 and third in slugging at .564,
Oh, and for good measure, Trout robbed four home runs and was credited with 23 runs saved. That ranked fifth among all players in the majors.
Indeed a special season for a special talent. Now let's just sit back and enjoy the ride because it's going to be a fun one over these next 15 or so years.
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