The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) awarded Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim’s center fielder, Mike Trout, the Most Valuable Player award last Thursday night. Trout is now a two-time MVP and has solidified himself as the best player in the entire MLB. With that being said, I believe that the BBWAA got it all wrong.
Mike Trout is undoubtedly one of the best all-around players in the MLB. The guy can do it all. Trout patrols the outfield like no other player, making plays that are difficult, look easy. He hits for both power and average and can swipe a base anytime that he gets on. Putting all this into consideration, I still believe that Red Sox right fielder, Mookie Betts, should have easily walked away with the 2016 MVP award.
Betts beat out Trout in almost every statistical category. When it comes to selecting the MVP a lot of things are taken into consideration, not just statistics. Usually, voters will consider whether or not the athlete’s team made the playoffs and if the athlete stayed consistent throughout the entire season. When you look at both those aspects, it still leaves me perplexed.
First let’s look at the statistics. By no means did Trout have a bad season. The MVP hit 29 home runs, compiled 100 RBIs, and hit for a .315 AVG. Betts beats out Trout in every one of these categories. The 23 year old stud smashed 31 home runs, knocked in 113 RBIs and accumulated a .318 AVG. On top of this, Betts was also awarded the Gold Glove Award, showing that he is dominating in all aspects of the game.
Team performance should also be considered when selecting an MVP. Typically the MVP comes from a team that was either in the playoffs or just missed out. Trout and the Angels finished 4th in their division, missing the playoffs by 21 games. On the other hand, Betts and the Red Sox took home the American League East Title, in an extremely competitive division. So what makes Trout the MVP?
Some may argue that Trout’s On Base Percentage was the deciding factor to why he took home the MVP honors. I personally think that is the biggest load of bologna. If you consider Betts’ lead in home runs, RBIs, and Average and the fact that his team was a playoff contender to be not as important as Trout’s lead in On Base Percentage, then you are an idiot. It seems to me that Trout won because of the spectrum that surrounds his name. For years, Trout has been considered the next Joe DiMaggio. I don’t disagree with this comparison but it shouldn’t take away from what Betts accomplished this season. The baseball writers got it all wrong, and it is a shame that this award was not given to a more deserving player.
I cannot stress the fact that Trout is the most complete player in the MLB. Over the past 5 years he has proven this time and time again, coming in either 1st or 2nd for MVP each of these seasons. Trout deserved to be in the running but Betts showed me his ability to take over a game multiple times in 2016. Fortunately for Betts, he is only 23 years old, meaning that he will have plenty of opportunities to become the Most Valuable Player in years to come.