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Shohei Ohtani Wins 2021 American League MVP

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  • Shohei Ohtani Wins 2021 American League MVP

    Shohei Ohtani claimed all 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America and became the fifth unanimous MVP since 2000, joining Mike Trout (2014), Albert Pujols (2009), Barry Bonds (2002) and Bryce Harper. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the young star for the Toronto Blue Jays, captured 29 of the 30 second-place votes by the BBWAA, with the remaining vote going to Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals. Guerrero's teammate Marcus Semien received 24 third-place votes.

    Ohtani became the first player in baseball history to hit at least 30 home runs in a year when he also made at least 10 pitching appearances. He amassed 46 home runs and made 23 starts. Offensively, he posted a .965 OPS (second highest in the AL), added eight triples (tied for the major league lead) and stole 26 bases (a mark topped by only seven players). He became the sixth player in history with at least 45 homers and at least 25 stolen bases in the same season, joining a decorated list of names that includes Alfonso Soriano, Chipper Jones, Jose Canseco, Larry Walker and Bonds.

    Ohtani also compiled 130 1/3 innings on the mound, and boasted a 3.18 ERA with 156 strikeouts and 44 walks.