Five years ago, Angels center fielder Mike Trout became the youngest player at the time to be named most valuable player in a unanimous vote. He was 23, already two full seasons into his dominating romp of the major leagues. He had nearly won the American League award the two previous seasons but finished runner-up to Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera each time.
In 2014, members of the Baseball Writers Assn. of America finally refused to snub Trout’s dynamic skill set.
Trout is now 28. He is still employed by a team that participated in the playoffs once in this decade.
He also remains one of the sport’s most captivating talents. He proved it in 2019 by tapping into his power more often than he ever had without sacrificing the basic tenets of his contact-first philosophy. He continued to enhance his stellar defense, flaunting arm strength he had not previously exhibited.
For all that, the voting body of baseball’s premier awards revealed Thursday that Trout was named the American League’s MVP. It is Trout’s third time receiving the honor.