No. 1 greatest memory from LA Angels in 2021: Shohei Ohtani's unanimous AL MVP
Shohei Ohtani's performance was off the charts this year for the LA Angels. Ohtani had what is being considered as the greatest season in baseball history.
Ohtani hit .257/.372/.592 (.965 OPS) with a 158 OPS+ while hitting eight triples, hitting 46 home runs, driving in 100 runs, and scoring 103 runs. He did all this with no lineup protection, as Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Justin Upton all went down due to serious injuries throughout the year. He also stole 26 bases and was named as the fastest baserunner in the AL according to the game's managers, scouts, and executives.
On the mound, Ohtani led the team in innings at 130.1, had a 9-2 record in 23 starts, and posted a 3.18 ERA and 141 OPS+. He held batters to a .207 batting average, and recorded a 1.090 WHIP. He also played the outfield seven times.
Ohtani was sensational, and won the MVP in both runaway and unanimous fashion. Nobody dared to not vote for ShoTime, and he gave us a season to remember even with the team not winning.
While 2021 was disappointing for this team, it wasn't all bad. Not even close.