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The Baseball Writers’ Association of America unanimously voted Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani the 2021 AL MVP award.
The Los Angeles Angels may not have made it to the postseason this year, but their fans and those who follow baseball got to watch in awe of what two-way player Shohei Ohtani was able to do in 2021. From standing in the batter’s box to stepping on the pitcher’s mound, Ohtani showed that he is one of the league’s biggest stars.
On Thursday night, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America voted Ohtani as the 2021 AL MVP. Not only did Ohtani win it, but he won it unanimously.
AL MVP complete voting results: Shohei Ohtani makes history
Ohtani received a perfect 420 score, as he received 30 first-place votes. He is now the 11th player to win the AL MVP unanimously. The other players to do so are listed below:
- Hank Greenberg (1935)
- Al Rosen (1953)
- Mickey Mantle (1956)
- Frank Robinson (1966)
- Denny McLain (1968)
- Reggie Jackson (1973)
- Jose Canseco (1988)
- Frank Thomas (1993)
- Ken Griffey Jr. (1997)
- Mike Trout (2014)
It comes as no shock as to why Ohtani was named Most Valuable Player in his league. According to MLB Stats, Ohtani is the only player to hit 30 home runs and strike out 30 batters in a single season!
As a hitter, Ohtani recorded a .257 batting average, a .965 OPS, 46 home runs, 100 RBI, 138 hits and a league-high eight triples through 155 games. Ohtani posted a .3.18 ERA, a 1.090 WHIP, a 9-2 win-loss record,156 strikeouts and 44 walks through 130.1 innings (23 starts).
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finished in second-place after receiving 29 second-place votes from the writers, getting 269 total points. Finishing in third is Guerrero’s teammate, second baseman Marcus Semien, who earned 24 third-place votes and a total of 232 points.
The full voting results can be found here.