Faux award season is upon us. Pop the popcorn, place your bets and get ready for categories like Best Fight and the inaugural Clown Question, Bro Award. Before we get to the fun stuff, I suppose we should pore over the regular honors, too. Actually, I suggest you do. Chances are you don't agree with them.
AL MVP of the Half: Mike Trout, CF, Los Angeles Angels – Yes, he has played in less than three-quarters of the Angels' games. Just imagine how much of a landslide this would be had he started the year in Anaheim.
When I consider the MVP award, the rationale some of my peers use to vote – winning team, "impact" on record, clubhouse presence – is nothing more than ancillary, used to break a tie. I want the best player, and Trout has been so much better than the field since his promotion that it makes up for those lost plate appearances.
He plays a premium position with aplomb. He steals bases like a cat burglar. He hits for power and average, draws walks and cures cancer with hisRead More »from First-half awards: Early MVP picks aren't easy, bro