AL MVP Race: Other Deserving Candidates Not Named Trout
Mike Trout will, in all likelihood, win the 2012 American League MVP Award.
With just 118 games under his belt in his rookie season, Trout leads the American League with a .328 batting average and 45 stolen bases. He owns a .393 OBP which is third overall in the AL, second in OPS with .963 and his .570 slugging percentage is third behind Josh Hamilton and Miguel Cabrera.
Needless to say, the kid is in good company.
Beyond that, he has 27 home runs, 23 doubles and six triples in his 158 hits.
The evidence is there. Trout is very deserving of the MVP award. However, there are other players that have been playing incredible baseball this season in the AL that should not be overlooked.
Here is a tip of the cap to those players.
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
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Unlike the Angels, the Detroit Tigers are still very much alive in the fight for the postseason and Miguel Cabrera has been a major reason why.
Miggy leads the American League in slugging percentage with .578 matched with a league best .978 OPS. Cabrera has 175 hits on the season, 70 of which for extra bases. Broken down, that equates to 35 home runs and 35 doubles. He had driven in 116 RBI which is second only to Josh Hamilton's 119.
In addition, Cabrera's 315 total bases leads the AL.
Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
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Adam Jones does not lead a single statistical category in the American League, however his importance to the resurgence of the Baltimore Orioles is immeasurable.
Through 140 games played this season, Jones owns a .288/.344/.514/.858 batting line, or 21/40/11/17 — his ranks in each category. That said, he has 29 home runs, 74 RBI, 32 doubles, three triples in 160 total hits. He has added 13 stolen bases while scoring 86 runs.
Jones is a grinder. He has been the catalyst that Orioles fans thought Nick Markakis may have been a few years back. While his numbers aren't going to blow your door down, they are a major reason as to why the O's are just one game out of first in the American League East right now.
Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
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Wasn't it just in May/June that Josh Hamilton was "undoubtedly" going to win the American League MVP award this season?
Funny how things can change in baseball.
Either way, Hamilton has proven once again that he is one of the best players in the game today. He has an AL best 40 home runs and 119 RBI while posting a .287 batting average, .356 OBP, .583 slugging (second in the AL) and a .938 OPS (fourth in the AL).
He has added 24 doubles and two triples to his repertoire this season as well. His 4.8 WAR ranks him second highest among AL outfielders this season.
Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
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Yup, Adrian Beltre.
Silently Beltre has been having a monster season. In one week the guy hits four straight multi-hit games which included a three-home run game against the Orioles as well as hitting for the cycle.
Beltre owns a .316/.352/.550/.902 batting line with 30 home runs, 89 RBI, 30 doubles and two triples on the season.
He is seventh overall in home runs and RBI this season.
Josh Reddick, Oakland A's
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You had to know there was going to be a dark horse in this list, right?
That player is Josh Reddick.
The Oakland A's have been incredible this season and Reddick has been the leader of the infantry. His numbers are not mind boggling by any definition, but his grit is immeasurable.
Sure, he has a .250/.316/.477/.793 batting line and no player has ever won an MVP award with those statistics, but the man has helped to revitalize the formerly laughable Athletics team.
Reddick had blasted 28 home runs with 75 RBI while adding 25 doubles and five triples. He adds 131 hits and 73 runs to his credit.
In terms of a team MVP, Reddick absolutely owns that honor in Oakland. The rest of the league at the least owes the man a tip of the cap.