Did Mike Trout just punch his ticket to the Baseball Hall of Fame?
This week Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout won the American League MVP Award for the second time. He became the 31st player in baseball history to win the MVP more than once, and at the age of 25, he could join an even more select group should he in the future win his third… or more!
The players who have won baseball’s MVP Award three or more times: Barry Bonds (7), and Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Mike Schmidt, all who won it three times.
Of the 31 players who have won the award multiple times, 23 are in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Included in this list of eight multiple MVP Award winners who are not in the Hall are three active players and five others who may (or may not) get in. Here’s a brief look at these eight players and the likelihood they will join the group of 23 who are already in the Hall of Fame.
Barry Bonds: Last played in 2007. Career batting average of .298, 762 HRs, 2,558 RBI. Little doubt his numbers get him into the Hall, but the steroid suspicions will likely keep him out until the voters take a different attitude about his belonging in the Hall.
Miguel Cabrera: Active. Career .321 average, 446 HRs and 1,553 RBI. Good chance at the Hall. He is only 33 and had a .316 average this year with 38 HR and 108 RBI… still playing at a high level which could see him increasing his impressive stats.
Juan Gonzalez: Last played in 2005. Career average of .295, 434 HRs and 1,404 RBI. Solid career but probably not Hall worthy. Dropped off the ballot in 2012 after not receiving the required five percent.
Roger Maris: Last played in 1968. Career average of .260, 275 HRs and 850 RBI. Two fantastic seasons really catapulted his career, but his career numbers are just not good enough.
Dale Murphy: Last played in 1993. Career average of .265, 398 HRs and 1,266 RBI. A classy, hard-nosed player who played 15 of his 18 years with the Braves in Atlanta. Good career, but not Hall worthy.
Albert Pujols: Active. Career average of .309, 592 HRs and 1,817 RBI. Probably as close to a sure thing of today’s players.
Alex Rodriguez: Last played in 2016. Career average of .295, 696 HRs and 2,086 RBI. A mirror case of Barry Bonds; the numbers get the door open, but the steroid whispers will probably keep him out until the writers change their tune.
Mike Trout: Active. Career average of .306, 168 HRs and 497 RBI. Two MVP Awards in five years, and he’s barely 25. Today’s top player who will, prevent of injuries, win more awards in his career. His career trajectory seems to be securely planted in a visit to Cooperstown.
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