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Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a base hit against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Sept. 25, 2012 in Anaheim.
Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout has been selected the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year by a unanimous vote.
The 21-year old Trout had an historic rookie season, batting .326 with 30 home runs and 83 RBI’s.
He became the first rookie ever to combine at least 45 stolen bases, 30 homers and 125 runs.
His defense was also spectacular, as fans in Anaheim, Baltimore and other cities who watched him soar above outfield fences to snag home runs-meant-to-be can attest.
With 28 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Trout is only the eighth player to win the AL rookie of the year unanimously. He's the second Angle to win Rookie of the Year, after outfielder Tim Salmon in 1993.
Trout's selection wasn’t a surprise, and later this week will come a possibly bigger prize: American League Most Valuable Player.
Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is the odds-on favorite for MVP, but Trout is one of the five finalists.