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LOS ANGELES ( – Is Mike Trout this year’s American League MVP?

Subscribers to Sports Illustrated may think so. The rookie sensation is a new magazine cover boy.

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Trout makes his Sports Illustrated cover debut in the August 27th, 2012 issue. He appears with a serious face and his big bat laying on his right shoulder. The article entitled, “The Supernatural”

The AL player of the month for July has already exceeded fan’s expectations — he’s leading the AL in batting(.344), stolen bases (39), slugging percentage, OPS (1.014) and runs (97).

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Trout, from Melville, New Jersey, has enough power numbers to match the other potential MVP, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who has 24 HRs and 70 RBIs.

The only thing standing between Trout and the AL MVP?  If his Angels, who are currently in third place of the AL West, don’t  make the playoffs.

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Trout, who turned 21 in August, will no doubt win the AL rookie of the year and the last person to win both Rookie of the Year and MVP was the Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.