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Angels star Mike Trout wins American League MVP award

Angels star Mike Trout wins American League MVP award

Conflicting convictions swirled around Mike Trout’s mind as the Angels center fielder awaited Thursday’s most valuable player announcement from his parents’ living room in Millville, N.J. 

One segment of his brain assured him he would win; he had the best season. Another, more vehement fragment insisted it wasn’t going to happen, for the same essential reason he was snubbed in 2012, 2013 and 2015: His team didn’t make the playoffs.

It’s one of the longest-standing traditions in the sport. The electorate prefers to vote for players who qualify for postseason competition. Not since Alex Rodriguez won for the 71-win 2003 Texas Rangers...

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