On a night that was all about Derek Jeter riding off into the sunset in his final MLB All-Star Game, Mike Trout stole the show and was named the contest’s Most Valuable Player.
MLB’s official Twitter page shared the news with baseball fans everywhere:
Trout finished 2-for-3 at the dish with a triple and a double. He also tallied two RBI and scored a run.
Trout’s triple drove in Jeter for the game’s first run to kick-start the American League’s first-inning rally. Trout then scored on Miguel Cabrera’s two-run home run.
Trout’s double came in the fifth inning and drove in Derek Norris.
The Los Angeles Angels’ official Twitter page was quick to point out that Trout isn’t the first player from its team to take home the All-Star Game’s MVP award, but he was certainly the youngest:
It was fitting that one of the game’s best young players shone on the stage alongside the elder statesman Jeter as something of a metaphorical torch passing. Veteran pitcher Tim Hudson of the San Francisco Giants ironically discussed just that before the game even began, via Matt Snyder of CBS Sports:
Whoever’s career takes the biggest leap forward is going to be that guy. Jeter’s gonna pass the torch to someone. Trout’s a great candidate. The talent and skills are there, no question about it. He seems like a very likeable guy and you don’t hear bad things about him. He’s on the short list, for sure.
Trout talked about how it felt to play so well alongside Jeter, according to the Associated Press (via Fox Sports): “Growing up and him being my role model, it’s pretty special.”
If Trout continues to play and develop like he has early in his career, this won’t be the last time he takes home an All-Star Game MVP award. He is only 22 years old (and has played in three of these things already) and is arguably the game’s top player. As a five-tool superstar, there is very little he can’t do on the baseball field.
Trout would certainly love to parlay this performance into a successful second half of the year and his first postseason appearance. The Angels boast an impressive 57-37 record and appear ready to challenge the Oakland Athletics for supremacy in the American League West.
Now, thanks largely to the efforts of Trout, the Angels will have home-field advantage in the World Series if they get there.