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MLB Most Valuable Player Award

Trout still setting the standard in AL through first half

At the All-Star break last year, Chris Sale looked as if he might pull away in the American League Cy Young race. He already had 178 strikeouts with only 22 walks.

By the end of the season, of course, Sale had to settle for second place — and not a particularly close second — after Corey Kluber took the award away with a torrid second half.

That's all just a roundabout way of saying that the following midseason awards aren't meant as predictions of who will actually win these in 2018. It's just a quick attempt to honor the players who have stood out so far.



Top Contenders: Mookie Betts, Red Sox; Aaron Judge, Yankees; Francisco Lindor,...