NEW YORK -- Mike Trout was a unanimous winner of the American League's Most Valuable Player award after consecutive second-place finishes.
The Los Angeles Angels center fielder received all 30 first-place votes and 420 points in balloting announced Thursday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. At 23, he became the fifth-youngest MVP in major league history.
Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez was second with 229 points and Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley third with 185.
A's third baseman Josh Donaldson received one second-place vote, two third-place votes, two fourth-place votes, three sixth-place votes, three seventh-place votes, six eight-place votes, five ninth-place votes and two 10th-place votes for a total of 96 points to place him eighth behind Trout, Martinez, Brantley, Jose Abreu, Jose Bautista, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz, respectively.
Trout hit .287 and set career highs in home runs (36) and RBIs (111) while leading the major leagues in runs with 115 and extra-base hits with 84. In his third full season, he matched his bests in doubles (39) and triple (nine). He also was MVP of the All-Star game in July.
"It's something special, for sure," Trout said on the MLB Network telecast. "If you would have told me this before the season started, I would have just laughed at you. It's just an unbelievable feeling."
Trout was a unanimous pick as the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year and was second in MVP voting to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera in both of his first two full seasons, 81 points back in 2012 and 103 points behind last year. He joined Mickey Mantle as the only players to win after finishing second twice in a row.
At 23 years, 52 days on the final day of the regular season, Trout is younger than all MVPs except Vida Blue (1971), Johnny Bench (1970), Stan Musial (1943) and Cal Ripken Jr. (1983), according to STATS. Musial, Bench and Blue were 22, and Ripken was 23 years, 39 days.
He is the third Angels player to win after Don Baylor (1979) and Vladimir Guerrero (2004).