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3 reasons Shohei Ohtani should win Players Choice Awards’ Player of Year

Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Abbie Parr-USA TODAY Sports
Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Abbie Parr-USA TODAY Sports
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Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels
Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 reason Shohei Ohtani should win Players Choice Awards’ Player of the Year: His versatility

Shohei Ohtani is the only three-way player on this list.

First, let’s compare Harper’s offensive numbers to Ohtani’s.

Harper: .309/.429/.615 (1.044 OPS), 35 HR, 84 RBI, 101 R

Ohtani: .257/.372/.592 (.965 OPS), 46 HR, 100 RBI, 103 R

Ohtani didn’t have the average, on-base percentage, slugging, or OPS Harper had, but when it came to scoring and producing runs, Ohtani dominated.

Now let’s compare Guerrero’s offensive numbers to Ohtani’s.

Guerrero: .311/.401/.601 (1.002 OPS), 48 HR, 111 RBI, 123 R

Ohtani: .257/.372/.592 (.965 OPS), 46 HR, 100 RBI, 103 R

So Guerrero edges him out in hitting categories. However, that’s fine, because let’s analyze the differences in Ohtani’s pitching numbers vs. Guerrero’s.

Ohtani: 23 starts, 9-2 W-L record, 3.18 ERA, 1.090 WHIP, 10.8 K/9, 1 HR/9, .207 BAA

Guerrero: O starts, N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A

Go ahead and correct me if I’m wrong in the comment section, but I think Ohtani is the better pitcher.

Let’s also not forget that Ohtani also played in the outfield many times for the LA Angels this year. Again, he’s not a two-way player, but a three-way player.

However, I also need to be fair to Harper and give him credit for his pitching stats too. Let’s compare him as a pitcher to Ohtani as well.

Ohtani: 23 starts, 9-2 W-L record, 3.18 ERA, 1.090 WHIP, 10.8 K/9, 1 HR/9, .207 BAA

Harper: O starts, N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A

Just give it up. Ohtani is the best player in baseball.

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