There are no surprises here as Shohei Ohtani now adds two more prestigious awards to the hardware he’s already earned this offseason.
He won both the Players Choice Awards for MLB Player of the Year, and also AL Most Outstanding Player.
There was realistically no competition for Ohtani to win either of these awards.
Everyone knew that Shohei Ohtani would run away with both of these awards.
Shohei Ohtani had what was probably the best season in baseball history, and represented our LA Angels very well.
Competing with him for Player of the Year was Bryce Harper and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The two of them are great players, but simply nowhere near the level of Ohtani.
Ohtani hit to a line of .257/.372/.592 (.965 OPS) with 46 home runs, 103 R, 100 RBI, 8 triples, and 26 stolen bases. He also started 23 games on the mound, sporting a 9-2 record, a 3.18 ERA and a 1.090 WHIP. He even played in the outfield for us during seven games in the season.
Nobody’s competing with that body of work, which is also why Guerrero and Salvador Perez had no shot to beat him out for AL Most Outstanding Player.
This is now the fifth and sixth major awards Ohtani has won in this young offseason, as he has already won Baseball America Player of the Year, Baseball Digest Player of the Year, the colossal and historic Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award, and was awarded the Sports Nation Player of the Year earlier today as well.
He is absolutely the best player in baseball, and it’s great to see him getting that recognition. In a year where Mike Trout was hurt, the Angels weren’t supposed to take home anywhere near this kind of hardware. The doubters made a big mistake in sleeping on the two-way giant.