Mike Trout Is Good at All-Star Games: Angels Superstar Is First Back-to-Back All-Star Game MVP (Video)
Winning the All-Star Game MVP Award isn’t necessarily as meaningful as Major League Baseball would have us believe. The best players rarely get more than two or three at bats. The best pitchers rarely pitch more than two or three innings. It’s just not easy to do something truly outstanding in such limited time. Unless, of course, you’re Mike Trout.
If you’re Mike Trout, you can basically do whatever you want on the baseball field, because you’re not a regular human being. You’re a superhuman baseball cyborg.
On Tuesday night in Cincinnati, in his fourth MLB All-Star Game in just his fourth MLB season, Mike Trout became just the fifth player to win the MVP Award two times, and the first player ever to win the award in back-to-back seasons.
If the National League had won the game, they might have given the award to Andrew McCutchen, who hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth, or maybe Jacob deGrom, who struck out the side on 10 pitches in the top of the fifth. But the National League didn’t win. And Mike Trout went 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and a leadoff home run off Zack Greinke, one of the best pitchers in baseball.
That home run? It completed a natural cycle in his first at-bat in four straight All-Star games. In his first ASG in 2012, Trout hit a single in his first at-bat off R.A. Dickey. In his second ASG in 2013, he hit a double in his first at-bat off Matt Harvey. In his third ASG in 2014, he hit a triple in his first at-bat off Adam Wainwright. And now this.
At this rate they might as well start engraving Mike Trout’s name on the ASG MVP award ahead of time.
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