Ohtani voted AL MVP for a two-way season, Harper won NL . honor
New York Shohei Ohtani was unanimously voted MLS Player of the Year Thursday for a two-way season not seen since Babe Ruth, and Bryce Harper claimed the National League honor for the second time.
Ohtani has 30 first-place votes and 420 points in voting by members of the American Baseball Writers Association. Toronto’s first team player Vladimir Guerrero Jr. came in second with a time of 29 seconds and 269 points, and Blue Jays player Marcus Simin third with 232 points. Salvador Perez, the Kansas City rider, took second place in the vote.
Ohtani hit 0.257 with 46 homers, 100 RBIs and 0.965 OPS as the designated full-time hitter for the Los Angeles Angels, and went 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 23 starts with 156 strikes and 44 walks in 130 1/3 runs. This was the 27-year-old’s first full season on the pile after Tommy John’s surgery in 2019.
Ohtani won the AL Rookie of the Year in 2018 after leaving the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters from the Pacific League to sign with the Angels. This year he became the first two-way player in the history of the All-Star Game, which began in 1933.
Ruth had only two seasons in which he thrived on the board while pitching regularly. He fought .300 with 11 homers and 61 RBI in 1918 while he went 13-7 with a 2.22 ERA for Boston, then hit .322 with 29 homers and 113 RBI in 1919 while he went 9-5 with a 2.97 ERA. Ruth was sold to the Yankees in December and has made only five appearances in the last 16 seasons.
Ohtani became the second Japanese player to win the MVP award after Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuk in 2001.
Guerrero, 22, tied for the top of the Major League with 48 players, hitting .311 with 111 RBIs. His father, Vladimir, won the 2004 AL MVP award with the Anaheim Angels.
Semien hit 0.265 with 42 homers and 102 RBIs. The 31-year-old is among the top free agents this Offseason.
Harper received 17 of 30 first-place votes and 348 points from a separate panel. Washington midfielder Juan Soto came second with six starting points and scored 274 points, and San Diego’s Fernando Tates Jr. came in third place with the first two times and scored 244 points.
Harper hit his face with the 97-mph Genesis Cabrera of the St. Louis Cardinals on April 28 to hit the 309 with 35 wrecks for Philadelphia. The 29-year-old led the majors with 465 and 1,044 OPS, tied for the lead with 42 doubles and has an 84 RBI.
But Velez has missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season since he signed a 13-year, $330 million contract. He received a $500,000 bonus for winning the Most Valuable Player award.
Harper was voted MVP unanimously with Washington in 2015. He became the fifth player to win the MVP award on various teams after Jimmy Foxx, Frank Robinson, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez.
Soto, a debutante All-Star at age 23, hit 0.313 with 29 Homer and 95 RBI. He led the major championships with 145 walks and 465 percentage points on base.
Tatis, 22, led the NL with a 42 home run, recording 0.2282 with a 97 RBI.
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