Mike Trout Wins 3rd Career AL MVP Award

Mike Trout with Angels during the Royals vs Angels game in 2018. Photo by Peter Joneleit/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

For the third time in his career, Angels center fielder Mike Trout was named the best player in the American League on Friday after winning yet another MVP award.

Trout, who at the age of 28 is already considered a sure-fire Hall of Famer, added the 2019 trophy to the 2014 and 2016 awards to his trophy case.

Despite playing on a non-competitive Angels team that finished with a poor 72-90 record on the season, Trout was named the best player in the league based on yet another fantastic season at the plate, on the basepaths, and in the field.

He did this despite missing the final three weeks of the season with a foot injury.

Trout totaled 45 home runs, 104 runs batted in, and 11 stolen bases on the season in only 134 games, compiling a .291/.438/.645 batting line. He was rated as one of the best baserunners in the game despite not having a gaudy stolen base figure, and played good defense as usual.

He beat out Astros third baseman Alex Bregman with 17 out of 30 first-place votes for the award. Athletics infielder Marcus Semien came in a distant third place in the voting.

Trout is expected to be back and ready for the 2020 season after undergoing foot surgery last month.