MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Angels outfielder Mike Trout was presented with the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award in the 85th Midsummer Classic after a 2-for-3 performance that included a double, triple, two RBI and one run scored. At 22 years, 342 days old, he is the second-youngest player to win the All-Star MVP Award, behind only Ken Griffey, Jr. (1992) at 22 years, 236 days. He also became the third AL player ever to record a double and triple in an All-Star Game joining Hall of Famers Earl Averill (1934) and George Brett (1983).
Trout becomes the fourth Angel to win the award, joining Leon Wagner (1962), Fred Lynn (1983) and Garret Anderson (2003), who all previously won the award in All-Star games taking place in Chicago. Trout also becomes the 22nd outfielder to win the MVP award, and the fifth in the last eight years, joining Ichiro Suzuki (2007); J.D. Drew (2008); Carl Crawford (2009) and Melky Cabrera (2012).
In his All-Star Game career, Trout now stands at 4-for-7 (.571) with two doubles, a triple and two RBI, joining Ted Williams (1941) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1992) as the only players to have two extra-base hits in an All-Star Game before turning 23. Last night's performance made Trout the sixth Angels player (eighth occurrence) to record a multi-hit game in the Midsummer Classic, joining Garret Anderson (three hits, 2003); Rod Carew (two hits in 1983, two hits in 1980); Don Baylor (two hits in 1979); Albie Pearson (two hits in 1963) and Leon Wagner (two hits in 1963, three hits in 1962).
Last season at Citi Field, Trout became the youngest American League player to start an All-Star Game since Ivan Rodriguez in 1993. He went 1-for-3 at the plate, leading off the game with a double against Mets RHP Matt Harvey. During the 2012 Midsummer Classic in Kansas City, Trout went 1-for-1 with a walk and a stolen base in his two plate appearances after entering the game in the 6th inning as a defensive replacement for Josh Hamilton. He became the third player to record a hit in an All-Star Game before his 21st birthday and the second player to steal a base prior to turning 21. Additionally, he is the youngest player in All-Star Game history with a hit, walk and stolen base.
Trout, who was voted onto the team via fan voting (receiving 5,559,705 votes) made his third consecutive All-Star Game appearance and second career start. He becomes the fourth American League outfielder with three All-Star selections before turning 23 years old, joining Mickey Mantle (1952-54), Al Kaline (1955-57) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1990-92). He is the first Angels player to start consecutive All-Star Games since Vladimir Guerrero started for the AL in four straight years from 2004-2007.
Trout is batting .310 (107/345) with 65 runs scored, 26 doubles, five triples, 22 home runs and 73 RBI in 90 games this season. He is the 13th player in Major League history to hit 20 home runs before the All-Star break in their age 22-year-old season or younger and is one of seven players since 1933 to log 20 doubles, 20 home runs and five triples in the first half of a season. Trout was named the AL Player of the Month for June after hitting .361 (30/83) with 10 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 21 RBI.