Shohei Ohtani can’t be stopped this offseason, wins another major award

Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Shohei Ohtani just won the two Players Choice Awards for AL most Outstanding Player and MLB Player of the Year.

Those were not the first awards he won on Thursday, however. The first award he won on Thursday was the Sporting News Player of the Year.

Therefore, Ohtani has so far won Player of the Year honors from all of the Players Choice Awards, Baseball Digest, Baseball America, and now Sporting News.

Shohei Ohtani has represented the LA Angels incredibly well this offseason.

When Mike Trout went down for the LA Angels, many thought that the Halos wouldn’t win very many offseason awards. Shohei Ohtani shut all that speculation up with what was probably the best season of all time.

Hitting .257/.372/.592 (.965) with 46 home runs, 103 R, 100 RBI, and 26 stolen bases, Ohtani was remarkable at the plate despite having no lineup protection behind him. On the mound, Ohtani started 23 games, going 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA and 1.090 WHIP.

He’s arguably the best hitter in baseball, the fastest baserunner in the American League, one of the best pitchers in the game, and he played seven games in the outfield this year too.

This isn’t even it for Ohtani, as he’s going to run away with this year’s Silver Slugger as well as the AL MVP. He’s got a good shot at the Hank Aaron Award too, although that’s an award that’s hard to predict due to it being a fan vote.

Let’s also not forget that Ohtani took home the Commissioners Historic Achievement Award earlier this week, which isn’t even awarded every year. Rob Manfred had never given it to anyone in his entire tenure as Commissioner. There’s no greater award than that, and it belongs to Ohtani.

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While Ohtani has had tons of great weeks all 2021 long, this one was probably the best one of the year for him. That’s saying quite a bit.