OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Mark Trumbo #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a single off the right field wall against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning during an MLB baseball game at O.co Coliseum on September 14, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Angels First Baseman Mark Trumbo Finishes Second In AL Rookie Of The Year Voting

Mark Trumbo was a winner on Thursday night, winning the award by the vote of his peers.

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Angels First Baseman Mark Trumbo Finishes Second In AL Rookie Of The Year Voting

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman Mark Trumbo finished second in the Jackie Robinson AL Rookie of the Year award voting behind Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson led all rookies in ERA (2.95), innings (189), starts (29) and opponents' batting average (.210).

Trumbo received five first-place votes and finished with 63 points. Trumbo finished the season batting .254 with 29 homeruns and 87 RBI. Trumbo took advantage of an unexpected gap at first base when Kendrys Morales went down with an ankle injury. Morales' season-ending surgery made Trumbo the full-time first baseman and he took advantage of it, being named team MVP as a result.

Trumbo, 25, was selected in the 18th round (533rd overall) of the 2004 MLB Draft and is a native of Anaheim.

Kansas City Royals' first baseman Eric Hosmer, New York Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova and Seattle Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley rounded out the top five vote-getters.


2011 MLB Players Choice Awards: Angels First Baseman Mark Trumbo Wins AL Outstanding Rookie

The Angels may not have made the playoffs in 2011, but the team received stellar performances from multiple players. First baseman Mark Trumbo had an excellent rookie season and was voted Most Outstanding Rookie by his peers in the league. He beat out Jeremy Hellickson of the Rays and Eric Hosmer of the Royals for the honor.

2011 - Mark Trumbo 149 539 65 137 31 1 29 87 25 120 9 4 .254 .291 .477

That's quite a season for any player, let alone a 25-year old rookie. Trumbo also won the Sporting News vote for Rookie of the Year, which was also compiled by players around the league.

Torii Hunter also won an award on Thursday night, taking home the "Heart and Hustle Award."

Congratulations to both players! For more on the Angels, check out Halos Heaven.


Angels Shortstop Erick Aybar Wins First Gold Glove

After years and years of Derek Jeter claiming the Gold Glove for the American League, a change has been made in 2011. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar won the award for the first time in his career on Tuesday night. No other Angels won the award, though Dan Haren, Torii Hunter and Peter Bourjos were all nominated.

According to FanGraphs and their UZR ratings, Aybar ranked in the middle of the pack among qualified American League shortstops. He ranked 10th in Defensive Runs Saved. Again, though, these awards are usually given to the players who pass the eye test instead of the statistical test and the award is something for Aybar be very proud of.

Outside of the Angels, the Dodgers and Red Sox led the packs with three Gold Glove recipients. Mark Buehrle of the White Sox won the award for the third straight season. Yadier Molina of the world champion Cardinals won the award for the fourth straight year behind the plate.


Los Angeles Angels Gold Glove Award History

The Los Angeles Angels have four finalists for the 2012 American League Gold Glove Awards, which will be announced Tuesday night on ESPN. The finalists are a new wrinkle to the awards this year, as is that they are televised. In the previous 54 years of the Gold Glove Awards, only the winners were announced.

The outfield is split up into three separate positions for the first time, and the Angels have a pair of finalists. Peter Bourjos is up for the award in center field, and the man whose position he took, Torii Hunter, is in line for an award in right field. Hunter won nine consecutive Gold Gloves from 2001-2009, and his nine awards are the seventh-most by an outfielder in Major League Baseball history.

Hunter won two of his Gold Gloves as an Angel, in 2008 and 2009, one of seven Halos outfielders to win Gold Glove Awards. Ken Berry (1972) was the first, and was followed by Rick Miller (1978), Gary Pettis (1985-1986), Devon White (1988-1989), Jim Edmonds (1997-1998), Darin Erstad (2000, 2002), and Hunter.

Eric Aybar is a finalist at shortstop, looking to become just the third Angels shortstop to win a Gold Glove. The others were Jim Fregosi (1967) and Orlando Cabrera (2007). Dan Haren is looking to join Mark Langston (1991--1995) as the only Angels pitchers to win the award.

In all, the Angels have won 33 Gold Glove Awards, from first baseman Vic Power in 1964 to Hunter in 2009. Langston has the most Gold Gloves with five, while catcher Bob Boone has four and second baseman Bobby Knoop and Erstad each have three. Erstad is the only player in baseball history to win Gold Gloves at different positions, winning in the outfield in 2000 and 2002, and at first base in 2004.

The most the team has won in any one year is two, which has happened five times: 1967, 1986, 1988, 1995, and 2002.

Be sure to read Halos Heaven for Angels fans reaction to the Gold Glove Awards.


Angels' Mark Trumbo Wins Sporting News Rookie Of The Year

Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo has won the Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award.

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