Mike Trout has been named baseball’s best player for 2016 by Sporting News. The 24-year-old Los Angeles Angels outfielder barely edged out fellow superstar Bryce Harper, 23, of the Washington Nationals in a vote of 27 baseball experts, including former players.“I try to be the best player and best person I can be on the field, just with preparation and the time you put in,” Trout told Sporting News. “It makes you feel good when you get an accolade like this.” Trout and Harper are at the top of SN50, a long-standing tradition that ranks the 50 best players in . Trout, who has led the American League in Wins Above Replacement each of his four full seasons in the major
s, had stiff competition this year from Harper, the 2015 National League MVP.MORE SN50: Which stars made the list? | Trout vs. Harper | Who missed the list? “We’ve been linked since we got drafted,” Trout said. “You pay attention to the younger guys in the league, and he’s one of them. He’s had a great career so far, and he’s trying to get better, just like I am.”You can find the full SN50 list here. (Los Angeles Angels) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/48/42/mike-trout-sn50-award_322k8s8dv7mj1lzq1gibmfchd.jpg?t=-1825209891&w=1920&h=1080&quality=100&w=500&quality=80 How the SN50 voting workedVoting took place during the first two weeks in May, about a month into the season. Panelists, including broadcasters, writers and former players, were asked to rank the top 25 players in baseball based on previous performance as well as current statistics. The final SN50 was formulated using a point system based on those lists.The Baseball 50 is one part of SN’s respected annual awards, which also include Player of the Year, Executive of the Year and league-specific All-Star teams.MORE SN50: Kershaw vs. Arrieta | Rising stars who will make next year's list | Under-25 stars dominate the list | Five years ago“The histories of baseball and Sporting News have long been intertwined,” SN Editorial Director Steve Miller said. “SportingNews.com is proud to showcase the Baseball 50 in honor of our distinctly American heritage."Each player on the SN50 received an award from Fracture, an innovative glass picture printing company, to commemorate his place on the 2016 list. Check out Fracture's video on the making of the SN50 awards below. Who voted on the SN50?The panel included the following:Jesse Agler, Padres broadcaster; Steve Berthiaume, Diamondbacks broadcaster, Rob Biertempfel, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Greg Brown, Pirates broadcaster; Eric Byrnes, Network analyst; Jason Collette, Fangraphs; Ryan Fagan, Sporting News; Mike Ferrin, Network Radio; Cliff Floyd, Network analyst; Jason Foster, Sporting News; Tom Gatto, Sporting News; Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Jenifer Langosch, .com; Will Leitch, Sports on Earth; Tom McCarthy, Phillies broadcaster; Justin McGuire, Sporting News; Meghan Montemurro, The News Journal; Pedro Moura, LA Times; Victor Rojas, Angels TV; Meg Rowley, Baseball Prospectus; Amanda Rykoff, former Astros social media director; Sahadev Sharma, The Athletic Chicago; Ryan Spaeder, Ace of Stats; Jesse Spector, Sporting News; Wendy Thurm, Sporting News contributor; Rian Watt, Baseball Prospectus; and Graham Womack, Sporting News contributor.You can find the full SN50 list here.