ANAHEIM -- For the second straight season, the Angels' struggles will likely hurt Mike Trout's chances of winning the American League MVP Award. But for the second straight season, the Angels phenom won another MVP award.
Trout was presented with the Owner's Trophy, given annually to the Angels' MVP, prior to Tuesday's game against the Athletics. The outfielder is just the seventh player to win the award in back-to-back seasons and the first since Vladimir Guerrero in 2006-07.
Trout is wrapping up another memorable season, but has been scuffling at the plate recently with just nine hits and 18 strikeouts in his lat 50 at-bats (.180). However, he walked 17 times (two intentional) in that same span.
"Obviously, at the plate, he looks like he's not quite as comfortable in the box," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I'm sure there's some wear and tear, like there is with every player, but he's fine to play and we'll evaluate him to see how he feels with the day-night tomorrow."
Trout was in Tuesday's starting lineup, but at DH rather than center field for the eighth time this season.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less