In one of the most shocking upsets in the history of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has won the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year award by unanimous vote, as announced on MLB Network:
Honestly, Trout winning this award was forecast way before the All-Star break in July. The more interesting race was going to be for second place, between Oakland A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish.
Trout had one of, if not the best rookie seasons in major-league history. He finished 2012 hitting .326/.399/.564 with 30 home runs and an MLB-leading 49 stolen bases and 129 runs scored while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense in center field.
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Adding to the impressive nature of Trout's numbers, he posted them while playing in 139 games because the Angels didn't call him up until the end of April, once Vernon Wells' inadequacies became apparent.
For the longest time, there was talk that Trout was going to be the first player since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 to win the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards in the same season.
Trout could still wind up winning both awards, but Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera seems to have the support from the majority of the voting populace, as well as the narrative of the Triple Crown, to carry him to a victory in the MVP race.
Even if he doesn't win the MVP, Trout can take some comfort in knowing that he is already regarded as one of the best players in baseball after being one of the most highly touted prospects in the game for the previous three years.