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South Side Sox Reacts: The Best Player in Baseball

No offense, José: It’s still Mike Trout

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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Chicago White Sox
Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Sept. 6, 2019.
Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in White Sox fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

Pitchers and catchers don’t report for almost two months, putting the baseball season firmly in the middle of its offseason. Which means it is the perfect time to take a look at which players sit atop the rest of the league.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, baseball fans around the country believe Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is still the best player in Major League Baseball.

Statistically, Trout was the game’s best player for the majority of the last decade. Even without the national media attention, Trout has earned his place as baseball’s best.

No one else even approached Trout’s results in the survey. Only one other player broke 10% of the vote — Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts (12%). Behind Betts was Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, both with 3%.

Aaron Judge, Jacob deGrom – the only pitcher to rank this high – Ronald Acuña Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr., Christian Yelich, Nolan Arenado, Buster Posey and Javier Báez all received multiple votes.

(Seriously, Javy Baéz? C’mon, Cubs fans ...)

To vote in the Reacts surveys and have your voice heard each week, sign up here.