Shohei Ohtani of Angels unanimously named AL 2021 MVP – NBC Connecticut

Shohei Ohtani unanimously named AL MVP originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Shohei Ohtani, that’s a lot.

He’s a global superstar. He’s a pitcher who was good enough to start for the American League in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game. Oh, and he’s one of baseball’s most prolific heavy hitters.

Now he’s an MVP.

Ohtani was named the unanimous winner of the 2021 AL MVP award on Thursday, beating Torontonians Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Marcus Semien.

Ohtani received all 30 first place votes and 420 points in total. Guerrero Jr. came in second after getting 29 second place votes and 269 points. Semien had 24 votes for third place and 232 points for third place. New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (171 points) and Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (163 points) completed the top five.

Ohtani is the first unanimous AL MVP since teammate Mike Trout in 2014 and the second Angel to win AL MVP in the past three seasons. Trout won the honor in 2019, as well as 2014 and 2016. The Angels finished just 77-85 this season as Trout suffered a calf strain ending the season in May.

Even though the Angels ended the year with a disappointing record, Ohtani’s impressive 2021 season is hard to understand. He was third in baseball with 46 home runs, just behind Guerrero and Kansas City Royals wide receiver Salvador Perez. He also led the Angels in RBIs, doubles, triples, stroke percentage and stolen bases. And these are just his offensive numbers.

The Japanese sensation posted a 3.18 ERA in 23 starts on the mound to accompany 156 strikeouts. He was the Angels leader in wins, ERA, strikeouts, innings pitched and WHIP.

Guerrero may have finished second in the MVP race, but his career got off to a sensational start. The 22-year-old led the AL in percentage based and hitting to go with his 48 home runs. He also brought home All-Star Game MVP Honors and is set to make numerous other appearances in the Midsummer Classic.

In the same infield, Semien also put on a mind-blowing season for the Blue Jays. The second baseman erased his career hometown high in one season with 45 games and hasn’t missed a game in the 162-game season. He played the 2021 campaign on a one-year contract and is able to earn a big paycheck this offseason.

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