LA Sweep: Angels’ Trout, Dodgers’ Bellinger win MVP Awards

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NEW YORK (AP) – Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has overcome injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP Award.

Trout got 17 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Thursday night. Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros was second with the other 13 first-place votes. That duo combined for all the first- and second-place votes.

Trout had season-ending foot surgery in September. The outfielder played just 134 games but still set a career high with 45 homers. He batted .291, led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and drove in 104 runs.

The 28-year-old shined even following the death of close friend and teammate Tyler Skaggs on July 1. Trout smashed a 454-foot homer wearing Skaggs’ No. 45 in the team’s first game back, when LA pitchers threw a combined no-hitter.

Trout is the 10th three-time MVP and joins an elite group: Barry Bonds, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Mike Schmidt. Bonds is the only player with more than three MVPs – he won seven.

Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger beat out the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich for the NL prize. Yelich won the award last year.

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FILE – In this July 30, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout rounds second to advance to third from first on a single by Shohei Ohtani against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Trout was having another spectacular year for the Angels when right foot problems ended his season early. He did not play after Sept. 7 and was limited to 134 games. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
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