The Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout smiles after scoring against the Seattle Mariners during a game in Seattle this past season. Trout, a 2009 graduate of Millville High School, unanimously won the American League Rookie of the Year today.

Associated Press photo by Elaine Thompson / Aug. 31, 2012

Millville resident Mike Trout was named the American League Rookie of the Year on Monday night by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Trout, who turned 21 in August, had arguably the best season ever by a rookie in the majors. He was a unanimous pick for Rookie of the Year, earning all 28 first-place votes. Only seven other players have won it unanimously in history.

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The Los Angeles Angels' All-Star center fielder hit .326 with 30 home runs, 129 runs scored, 49 stolen bases and 83 RBIs - despite being kept in the minors for the Angels' first 20 games. He led the majors in runs and stolen bases, and was second in the AL in average. He also made four homer-saving catches at the wall, something that only three other players have done since 2004, according to

Trout was the first player in major-league history to amass at least 30 homers, 125 runs scored and 45 steals. He also set an Angels record by scoring in 14 consecutive games at one point.

The Angels finished 89-73 and barely missed making the playoffs.

Bigger things might be coming for Trout. He is a finalist for the AL MVP award, which will be announced Thursday evening by the BBWAA. There are five finalists, but the race likely will come down to Trout and Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera.

Trout will speak to reporters on a conference call at 7 p.m. today. He will hold a news conference for local media at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Millville.


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