Mike Trout accepts 2014 AL MVP Award from his parents' dining room
For the past two seasons, Mike Trout has finished second in the American League MVP race to some guy named Miguel Cabrera. On Thursday night -- while hanging out in his parents' dining room in New Jersey -- Angels outfielder Mike Trout learned that the Baseball Writers' Association of America selected him as the 2014 AL MVP.
In 157 games in 2014, Trout hit .287 and led all MLB players in total bases and runs scored. He cranked 36 homers and legged out nine triples on his way to an AL-best 111 RBIs. Oh, and he stole 16 bases because he's got that speed, too.
At 23, Trout is the fifth-youngest player in MLB history to win an MVP and the first do so unanimously since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997. In three seasons in the bigs, all Trout's done is pile up 28.2 WAR, an MVP Award, a Rookie of the Year Award, three Silver Sluggers, three All-Star appearances and an All-Star Game MVP Award.
Trout got his first taste of October baseball in 2014, homering in Game 3 of the ALDS as the Royals quickly vanquished the Angels from the postseason.
In three-month's time, Trout will dust off those stylish spikes and look to delight Angels fans by erasing one more goose egg from his player bio.