MLB.com’s Tracy Ringolsby, winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, stressed the impact that the success of the Angels as a whole might have on Trout’s chances of winning the AL MVP Award.
“The Angels will have something to say about his candidacy,” Ringolsby said. “I see ‘valuable’ as a key part of that award. The Angels are battling to stay above .500. They are much closer to last place in the AL West than first place.”
Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune thinks Trout’s MVP candidacy could get a boost just from the attention the subject is getting, but also strongly agreed with the premise that Trout’s hopes could be undermined if the Angels don’t finish strong.
“If anything, being a rookie could help him,” Rogers pointed out. “It’s extra buzz, like what was created behind Justin Verlander with the Cy Young/MVP double last year, when even [Tigers manager] Jim Leyland wasn’t sure a pitcher should get the [MVP] award.
“The thing I think could hurt Trout is the Angels fading. I don’t have an MVP vote this year, but if I did I’d have a hard time giving it to someone from a team that exits at the end of the regular season. The Tigers may similarly impact Miguel Cabrera’s bid, which could put guys like Josh Hamilton, Derek Jeter and maybe even an A.J. Pierzynski or Alex Rios in the mix. [It] should be a very interesting vote.”
Posted: August 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM | 60 comment(s)
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