LA Angels: 3 reasons why Shohei Ohtani deserves the Hank Aaron Award

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Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels

Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Shohei Ohtani of the LA Angels is up for the Hank Aaron Award, and he got my vote.

He needs to get your votes too. He deserves this award.

The best part about this one is that we get to choose, and it’s not up to a bunch of writers.

The Hank Aaron Award is an award given to the best overall offensive player in each league. In the running with ShoTime is Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Aaron Judge, Cedric Mullins, Matt Olson, Salvador Perez, and Jose Ramirez. When analyzing his full skillset as an offensive player, he deserves this.

No. 3 reason why Shohei Ohtani deserves the Hank Aaron award: His wide skillset as an offensive player

We all know hitters like Shohei Ohtani…or do we? We all know hitters who hit .257/.357/.592. We do.

We also all know hitters who can hit that line and also hit 46 home runs. We even know guys with those marks who can even then drive in 100 runs, and score 103 themselves.

But do we know someone who can hit that line, hit that amount of home runs, drive in that many runs, score that many runs, and lead the league with eight triples? Yup, and that’s Ohtani and nobody else.

Now imagine somebody with those numbers at the plate but can also steal 26 bases. Only one who can do that is once again Ohtani; the man crowned as the ‘fastest baserunner in the AL‘ by his peers. The best all-around offensive player is Ohtani.

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