2019 AL MVP Finalists: Who was the best player in the AL?

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 08: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros talks with Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby during the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Progressive Field on July 8, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 08: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros talks with Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby during the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Progressive Field on July 8, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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Who wins the AL MVP?

Oakland Athletics SS Marcus Semien

2019 stats: 162 games .285/.369/.522 33 homers 92 RBI 10 steals 7.6 WAR

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Talk about a breakout season. The 29-year old Semien was more known as a defender rather than his bat, however, his bat did a lot of talking this season. Semien set career highs in all the major offensive categories, and was already known for being a stellar defender and certainly has a strong case for American League MVP.

Semien was third in the American League in runs and 10th in WRC+. He was third in doubles with 43 and tied for fourth in triples with seven. He also did something that only Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig have ever done in a season

Are these random endpoints? Sure. They are impressive nonetheless though.

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In the end, I think Mike Trout wins the award. Some of it is on reputation, but you can’t discount how good he was even with missing the amount of time that he did. Bregman and Semien both had incredible years, but in the end, another year, another MVP trophy for Mike Trout