Most of the BBWAA who didn't vote for Trout probably went into it thinking "he needs to prove himself first." It's idiotic how often these people take past performance into account when the awards are supposed to be for one season alone.
Most of the BBWAA is still pissed off that people like Bill James and Nate Silver introduced the focus on statistics that actually matter
, meaning they couldn't just look at the standard hits/home runs/RBI line as a metric of quality anymore. They're still tied to their old-school thinking -- and even the ones who have
embraced advanced statistical analysis are fucking lazy and just operate under the system of "add up the WARs."
That RBI is considered a valuable and meaningful metric to assess a player's performance in 2012 is fucking absurd