Trout shines in another dismal season for Angels

GREG BEACHAM (AP Sports Writer)
September 30, 2013
Trout shines in another dismal season for Angels
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Los Angeles Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton (32) flips the bat as he leaves the batters box after striking out against Texas Rangers relief pitcher Tanner Scheppers in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Hamilton went 1-for-4 with 2-RBI's in the 5-3 loss to the Rangers. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Trout believes he doesn't deserve the AL Most Valuable Player award if his team isn't in the playoffs.

After another lost season for his Los Angeles Angels, Trout is hoping he'll be worthy of bigger honors next October.

The Angels finished 78-84, posting their lowest win total in a decade and just their fourth losing record in manager Mike Scioscia's 14 seasons. Los Angeles hasn't made the playoffs since 2009, and the big-budget club never even contended this season.

The 22-year-old Trout is one of the game's best players in just his second full major league campaign.

But Trout also has never been to the postseason, and he's currently a gem surrounded by mismatched spare parts on an aging, expensive roster.