Mike Trout, Kris Bryant win 2016 AL, NL MVP awards
Angels centerfielder Mike Trout and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant were named the 2016 American and National League MVP winners on Thursday.
Trout, 25, hit .315 with 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. He finished with a sky-high .441 on-base percentage and a 10.6 WAR, putting him a full win ahead of runner-up Mookie Betts. The Angels finished fourth in the AL West with 74 wins, which didn’t hurt his individual case in the end. The last MVP from a team that missed the playoffs was Alex Rodriguez with the Rangers in 2003. The award is Trout’s second, after he also won in 2014.
Bryant, 24, led the Cubs to the NL Central crown and later to their first World Series title in 108 years.The 24-year-old third baseman hit .292 with 39 home runs, drove in 102, and posted a .939 OPS as the Cubs rolled to 103 wins. He also spent time in the outfield and at first base, offering added versatility for manager Joe Maddon. The MVP award is Bryant’s first.
Red Sox outfielder Betts finished second in the American League with a .318 average, 31 home runs, 26 stolen bases, 113 RBIs and an .897 OPS. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve finished third.
Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy batted .347 with 25 home runs and 104 RBIs to finish as the National League runner-up. Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, the NL Rookie of the Year winner, came in third.