If MVP, CYA, ROY were chosen today...
Some managers hate players, resenting them for their talent, their fame and their money, not necessarily in that order.
Not Jim Leyland. He really likes players, regardless of the laundry they wear, which is why you'll see opposing players walk over to greet him with a handshake before most games.
So let's get this straight: When Leyland referred to Mike Trout as Wonderboy in framing his view of the MVP race, he was talking more about a tendency of reporters to latch onto the newest, freshest story than he was about Trout specifically.
Guilty as charged.
On the other hand, Trout is playing the game in a way that no player -- of any age -- has before him, filling the stat line the way Oscar Robertson and LeBron James have in the NBA.
Leyland strongly backed his own player, not surprisingly, and he seems to have picked the right horses in the race for the American League MVP. It appears that with a little less than a third of the season remaining, it's Trout versus Miguel Cabrera for the AL MVP.
One view of how the major award races are shaping up:
At Trout's current trajectory, he would finish the season with this set of statistics:
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