By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Los Angeles is the home of both MLB MVP Awards. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger won the National League MVP.
On Thursday night, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout won the American League MVP. This is Trout’s third MVP Award in his career.
“It’s definitely pretty surreal, being in the same conversation as Bonds,” Trout said from a cabin in a remote Iowa location. “Having the same amount of MVPs as Albert [Pujols] is obviously special. You’ve seen what he did over the course of his career. Just being in the same conversation with the all-time greats — it means a lot.”
Trout also previously won the award in 2014 and 2016. He received 17 first-place votes and 13 second-place votes for 355 points.
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman finished second. He had 13 first place votes and 17 second-place votes for 335 points.
The third place finisher was Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien. He finished with 228 points.
With his third AL MVP, Trout is now just the sixth player in American League history to win three MVPs. He joins historic names in Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, and Alex Rodriguex.
He is the first MVP winner in either league, according to the Baseball Writers Association of America press release, after being in second place in the previous season election.
“I come in every year, I try to be the best,” said Trout, who joined Ernie Banks as the only players to win multiple MVPs for sub-.500 teams. “If at the end of the year I’m in the conversation, that means I worked hard, I had a good year. Obviously people say you need to make the playoffs. I’m doing everything I can to try to help the team win. I was banged up, with some injuries, we had a death in the middle of the season.
“I let other people decide this. I go out there and put up the best numbers I can put up and just go out there and play my game.”
The 28-year-old Millville, New Jersey native had a .291 batting average with 45 home runs and 104 RBIs in 137 hits over 470 at-bats. Trout also had 27 doubles and two triples, while scoring 110 runs on the season.