Los Angeles Angels pitcher, designated hitter and outfielder Shohei Ohtani has been named Player of the Year by the Associated Press.
Awards after awards: Ohtani, 27, was voted Player of the Year by the publication on Thursday. He was also named American League’s Outstanding Player and MLB Player of the Year during the MLB Players Choice Awards 2021, according to the Associated Press.
The players have spoken!
Shohei Ohtani is the MLBPA A.L. Outstanding Player of the Year and MLB Player of the Year, as voted by players around the league. pic.twitter.com/jGFclNG9PX
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) October 28, 2021
- In addition to the Associated Press and MLB, Ohtani was also named Player of the Year by Baseball Digest, Baseball American and Sporting News, Halo Hangout reported.
- In October, the Japan-born MLB player received the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award, the most prestigious award in baseball, MLB reported. The Tiffany & Co.-designed award is given to players who have made an impact on the sport.
- “Over the next few years, I know that there are going to be many, many awards and accolades that come your way,” Commissioner Rob Manfred told the Angels’ two-way star at the press conference where the award was given. “But I felt that 2021 was so special that it was important to recognize the historic achievement that took place in 2021 with an award just about 2021.”
An amazing season: Ohtani hit his 46th home run at the end of the current season, which placed him on the list of legends who have made more than 45 homers in a single season, including Babe Ruth, Jim Rice and Jimmie Foxx, Sportsnet reported.
- Ohtani also made 26 doubles, eight triples, 26 stolen bases and 103 runs during the season as a hitter.
- As a pitcher, he went 9-2 with an earned run average of 3.18 in 23 starts, according to Sports Illustrated.
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