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Mike Trout named 2016 American League Most Valuable Player

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Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named the 2016 American League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He’s the first Angel to win the award since… himself, two years ago. Trout now has four consecutive top-two AL MVP finishes in the last five years.

Trout, 25, had another outstanding year, leading the majors with 123 runs scored, 116 walks, a .441 on-base percentage, and a 174 adjusted OPS (OPS+). He also hit .315 with a .550 slugging percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBI, and 30 stolen bases in 681 plate appearances. His 10.6 WAR, via Baseball Reference, was also by far the best mark in baseball.

Trout received 19 of 30 first-place votes. Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts finished in second place followed by Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. Blue Jays Josh Donaldson wasn’t far behind followed by Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and Red Sox DH David Ortiz.

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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