Mike Scioscia has always said the most valuable players each year should come from a contending team, a notable viewpoint this year because his team is not one.

“I still feel that way,” the Angels’ longtime manager said this week. “I haven’t changed at all.”

But, he said, this season is a rare instance, the nearly 2,400 games to date having coalesced into a set of extenuating circumstances in which Angels center fielder Mike Trout is, in Scioscia’s estimation, the obvious American League MVP.

“What Mike does and what Mike has accomplished this year has more impact than the fact that we’re a sub-.500 team,” Scioscia said. “His numbers are incredible. You can’t deny that they’re a notch above anybody else that’s there.”