Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres, Take Early Lead for AL and NL MVP

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres, Take Early Lead for AL and NL MVP

Even with the “dead-balls” limiting home run numbers, Major League Baseball is off to one of its most highly anticipated starts in recent years with a fresh crop of young superstars lining rosters league wide. Rising stars like the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani and San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis (albeit, currently injured) are household names across the country. Those two may be the most familiar to casual sports fans, that doesn’t necessarily mean their names are at the top of the MVP race. Here’s a quick glimpse at American League (AL) and National League (NL) players who have it going early and are on pace to take home their league’s Most Valuable Player Award.

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