Shohei Ohtani remains on top of the baseball world, at least in the American League.
The Baseball Writers of America named him his league’s Most Valuable Player for the second time, reports MLB. The 29 year old is now only the third foreign-born player to win multiple MVP-awards. The others are Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera.
Sports Illustrated says the California Angel is also the first player to twice win unanimously the prestigious award. He also won unanimously in 2021
He batted .304 last season. That’s just short of 1 hit for every three times at bat. He also hit 44 home runs and 95 runs batted in. He won 10 games to 5 losses as a pitcher with a 3.04 ERA meaning he gave up just 3 runs for every 9 innings pitched. A torn ACL cut his season short in August and he is not expected to recover soon enough to pitch next season.
Despite that, teams are expected to compete to sign him for next season as his contact has run out with the Angels.
The award is no surprise. The Angels are already selling souvenirs that proclaim him a two-time MVP.
(correction: An earlier version incorrectly reported that Ohtani has won two years in a row.)
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