Despite this objective fact, there are many morons who think that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the AL MVP, and not Shohei Ohtani. Those people obviously don’t know anything about baseball, though, so I’m going to not pay them much more attention.
What I am going to do, however, is highlight three statistical measures that prove that Ohtani is indeed the MVP regardless of these ridiculous arguments for Guerrero or anyone else. (All stats in this article are as of what they were entering October.)
No. 3 statistic that shows why Shohei Ohtani should win AL MVP: 26 stolen bases
Shohei Ohtani leads the LA Angels with 26 stolen bases. He is tied for fourth in the American League.
That’s on a team that doesn’t like to steal a lot of bases. Despite this, he’s still one of the league leaders.
Baseball America actually surveyed Major League scouts, managers, and executives, and the consensus was that Ohtani is the fastest baserunner in the AL. That’s exactly right, and Guerrero is as slow as molasses. He literally has four total stolen bases all year.
Baserunning is another area that makes Ohtani that much more valuable in this league.
The last time someone hit 45+ home runs and stole 20+ stolen bases, it was 2007. Alex Rodriguez did it, and he won the MVP.
Now that Ohtani’s done the same, he deserves the MVP too.