In this election season, Mike Trout has a simple platform.
“I try to be the best player in the league every year,” he said.
He has succeeded this year, again. Now comes the vote for most valuable player, and the annual debate over whether “best” and “most valuable” are the same thing.
If enough voters decide they are not, Trout loses.
In his first four full seasons in the major leagues, the Angels’ center fielder has finished first or second in the American League MVP race every time. No one has finished in the top two in the AL race for five consecutive years, and Trout could do it in his first five years.