After an impressive 2016 season, Baltimore Orioles’ right-fielder and MLB home run leader, Mark Trumbo has certainly received the attention he’s deserved.
On Wednesday night, the MLBPA announced that Trumbo had been named the American League Comeback Player of the Year.
Not only did he lead the major leagues in home runs with 47, Trumbo hit 25 more homers than his 22 total in 2015. He also drove in 44 more runs, tallying 108 RBIs this past season. Trumbo hit .256 with 27 doubles in 159 games for the O’s.
Trumbo believes that his success in 2016 is an attribute to his work in Seattle as a member of the Mariners.
“That was something that I put a lot of thought into, and I think midway through 2015 is when it really started to click,” he said.
“Watching teammates on the Mariners – both Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano – I saw that their timing was just better than mine and better than a lot of guys. By timing I mean on time for the fastball. That’s the pitch that pitchers rely on to get ahead of you, and as hitters if you’re up there and you’re either guessing a little bit or you’re not quite on it and you’re fouling it off, you’re at a disadvantage. You’re in the hole.
“Quite often you’re only going to get one good pitch to hit that at-bat, and I pretty much decided I can’t control some of the other things in the game, but what I can control is being on time with the fastball.”
On Thursday, Trumbo was named a winner of the 2016 Silver Slugger Award. He was accompanied by fellow outfielders Mike Trout and Mookie Betts.
The award, voted on by players and coaches alike, was the first of Trumbo’s career. It was also his first season with the Orioles.
Trumbo, who is set to become a free agent, was offered a $17.2 million qualifying offer by the Orioles earlier this week. If he declines, he will become a free agent. He has until Monday to decide on the offer.
With the award, Trumbo joins fellow outfielder Adam Jones as the only other outfielder in team history to win a Silver Slugger Award.