‘Cartoon Baseball’ Ohtani, will he win the 12th MVP-Cy Young Award together?
Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani (29) was selected as the most influential player (MVP) and Cy Young Award candidate this season.
On the 29th, MLB.com reported the results of a survey of winners in the two major leagues in the 2023 season, which was conducted with 87 experts. 안전놀이터
Ohtani was expected to win the American League (AL) MVP after two years. Ohtani was voted unanimous American League MVP (Most Valuable Player) in 2021, the fourth year of his big league debut. As a pitcher, he started 23 games (130.1 innings) as a pitcher and recorded 9 wins, 2 losses, an average ERA of 3.18, and 156 strikeouts. As a hitter, he finished third in the majors in home runs with a batting average of . 257, 46 homers, 100 RBIs, 103 runs scored, and 25 stolen bases in 155 games and joined the 20 home run-20 steals club. He became the first player in the big leagues to hit 30 home runs and strike out 30.
Last year, he gave up the MVP award to Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, who broke the AL record for most home runs in a single season by hitting 62 homers. MLB.com said, “If it wasn’t for Aaron Judge’s historic season, Ohtani would have had a chance to win three consecutive MVP awards this year.” He added, “Ohtani has been active as an elite slugger and ace pitcher over the past two seasons, recording a WAR (contribution to win against substitute player) of 9 or higher. We may not have seen his prime yet.”
In addition, Ohtani was also considered a strong Cy Young Award candidate. MLB.com said, “If the experts’ predictions come true, Ohtani will become the 12th player to win MVP and Cy Young Award in one season.” Ohtani started 28 games last season, posted a 2.33 ERA in 166 innings and finished fourth in the AL Cy Young Award voting.
Ohtani will start on the 31st in the opening game against Oakland at Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland, California.
Experts predicted that the National League (NL) MVP would go to San Diego outfielder Juan Soto. Milwaukee Corbin Burns was nominated for the NL Cy Young Award. In the AL and NL Rookie of the Year categories, Baltimore infielder Gunner Henderson and Arizona outfielder Corbin Carroll received the most votes, respectively. Toronto’s John Schneider and San Diego’s Bob Melvin were predicted as this year’s head coach.