Japan’s Shohei Ohtani, the foremost league’s most necessary two-way participant in a century, received the American League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 2021, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) reported Thursday. .
Ohtani, 27, led all baseball gamers with 9.1 WAR because of his unmatched potential to hit and pitch in a stellar trend. The Los Angeles Angels outfielder is the second Japanese to obtain the MVP award. Ichiro Suzuki conquered him in 2001, when he was additionally the Rookie of the Year with the Seattle Mariners.
As a left-handed hitter, Ohtani hit 46 dwelling runs, stole 26 bases, and had 103 runs scored and 100 RBIs. He set the file for dwelling runs for a Japanese in a season and fell one dwelling run away from tying the Angels file (Troy Glaus, 47 in 2000). Only 5 different hitters mixed 45-homer, 25-steal seasons in main league historical past.
As a beginning pitcher, the right-hander was 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 130.0 innings in 23 begins. Ohtani (46 dwelling runs, 23 begins and 156 strikeouts) is the primary participant in historical past with not less than 30 dwelling runs, 10 begins and 100 strikeouts.
The solely technique to shut out a historic season.
Shohei Ohtani is your unanimous 2021 American League MVP. pic.twitter.com/zlw5aGr68k
– MLB (@MLB) November 18, 2021
Ohtani made the AL beginning lineup within the midseason All-Star Game as a beginning pitcher and designated hitter, one thing by no means seen earlier than. He additionally participated within the All-Star Game Home Run Derby at Coors Field in Denver.
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