The players voted, and paid their respects towards the LA Angels‘ three-way superstar.
No. 3 reason Shohei Ohtani should win Players Choice Awards’ Player of the Year: Baserunning
Shohei Ohtani is about as elite as they come as a baserunner. Harper and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. certainly can’t relate.
Ohtani was named the fastest baserunner in the American League by his peers, a league in which Guerrero plays in. Guerrero has a total of five stolen bases in his entire career. Ohtani had 26 in this season alone.
As for Harper, has he ever had 26 stolen bases? Nope, and he’s never even been close. The most he’s ever had is 21.
Ohtani literally stole home this year. Harper hasn’t done that in nearly a decade and I don’t even think Guerrero’s even done that in MLB The Show.
Baserunning is an area of the game that Ohtani excels at better than almost anyone in this league, and certainly more than the other two finalists for Player of the Year.
Who can stretch a long single into a double? Ohtani can, Harper doesn’t have enough speed to do it, and Guerrero would get thrown out by ten miles if he tried.
Who can stretch a shot to the wall into a triple? Harper can’t these days (only did it once all year), but Ohtani did it eight times. That’s twice more than Guerrero, and more than any other player in baseball.
ShoTime’s one of a kind.