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Trout happy to see hard work pay off with MVP (1:22)

Mike Trout shares what it means to him to win his second American League MVP award and the idea of being thought of as the best player in baseball. (1:22)

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has been named the American League MVP.

The announcement was made on MLB Network after voting from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts finished second and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was third.

At just 25 years old, Trout now has his second MVP award. Trout is the sixth player to win two MVPs before the age of 26, according to Elias. Trout has also never finished lower than second in AL MVP voting in his five full years in the majors.

A five-time All-Star, Trout was one of the few bright spots for an Angels team that finished 21 games out of first place in the AL West.

The Los Angeles center fielder led the majors in runs scored (123), walks (116), on-base percentage (.441) and WAR (10.6). He finished second in the AL in OPS (.991) and tied for second in steals (30).

Betts was tied with teammate Dustin Pedroia for second in the AL in batting average (.318), second in hits (214), tied for third in doubles (42), and fourth in RBIs (113). He finished second in the majors in WAR (9.6) behind Trout.

Altuve led the American League in both batting average (.338) and hits (216), while he tied for second in steals (30), was third in WAR (7.7), tied for third in doubles (42) and ranked fifth in OPS (.928).