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07:23 AM ET 09.30 | As far as concession speeches go, Mike Trout's was succinct. [Trout] essentially conceded the American League most valuable player award to Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera on Sunday, acknowledging that the Angels' failure to make the playoffs will relegate him to a second-place finish for a second straight year. "I think it's going to be another thing like last year," Trout said before Sunday's season finale against the Texas Rangers. "I can't take it away from Cabrera. He won the division and is going to the playoffs, and we're heading home after the game." ... Trout entered Sunday leading the league in runs (108) and walks (109), he ranked second in on-base percentage (.431) and triples (nine), third in average (.323) and fourth in slugging percentage (.553).

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September 30, 2013  08:37 AM ET

I think Trout could have won it with a big September (not that the Angels had any shot at the playoffs), but he pretty much just drew walks then. He could have picked up a lot of cred with the voters while Miggy was limping around and holding his package in pain.

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September 30, 2013  08:45 AM ET

There's nothing fishy about that.

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September 30, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Not one thread about a playoff team this morning? Are you kidding me?

September 30, 2013  09:19 AM ET
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There's nothing fishy about that.

Picking Cabrera is the easy way. I would have thought Mike would choose going against the flow.

September 30, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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Picking Cabrera is the easy way. I would have thought Mike would choose going against the flow.

Well, anyway, that's what Tim Salmon would do.

September 30, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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Picking Cabrera is the easy way. I would have thought Mike would choose going against the flow.

He was swimming upstream all season playing for an under performing Angels team.

September 30, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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I think Trout could have won it with a big September (not that the Angels had any shot at the playoffs), but he pretty much just drew walks then. He could have picked up a lot of cred with the voters while Miggy was limping around and holding his package in pain.

The Angels pretty much quit the last two weeks.

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September 30, 2013  10:16 AM ET

Here is the stat I am waiting for-He says it is time to buy a house. Not sure what Coast he wants to buy on. Hmmmm?

September 30, 2013  11:23 AM ET
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Trout entered Sunday leading the league in runs (108) and walks (109), he ranked second in on-base percentage (.431) and triples (nine), third in average (.323) and fourth in slugging percentage (.553).What a strange collection of stats. The author doesn't even mention the major MVP categories of batting average, home runs, RBIs, or the fact that Trout finished behind Cabrera in each one of them.

strange you mention those stats ... maybe I'm looking at the wrong source, but Chris Davis is leading in two of them ...

September 30, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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He was swimming upstream all season playing for an under performing Angels team.

I can see some of these postings will spawn a number of feeble attempts at humor.

September 30, 2013  11:47 AM ET
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I can see some of these postings will spawn a number of feeble attempts at humor.

there is no humor in trout fishing ... but after a few beers ... all bets are off ...

September 30, 2013  11:50 AM ET
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there is no humor in trout fishing ... but after a few beers ... all bets are off ...

Ah yes. The 'Beer is fun' corollary.

September 30, 2013  11:54 AM ET
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The author doesn't even mention the major MVP categories of batting average, ...

Did you miss the part where the author mentioned that Trout was third in batting average? Yep. You sure did. Nice try, though.

On another note, while Cabrera is undoubtedly a brilliant hitter, he could be replaced in the field with fire hydrant with no noticeable drop off in defense. Trout may be the best defensive player in baseball. (Manny Machado wins according to both the stat geeks and the eyeballs test, but you see my point.) Call me old-fashioned, but I think defense should count for something.

 
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