Shohei Ohtani joins elite company with unanimous MVP selection

Shohei Ohtani joins elite company with unanimous MVP selection

Was there ever any doubt?

At some point, there just aren’t enough words to describe how incredible the 2021 season was for Angels’ two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani. There is no historic comparison in baseball — and the closest is Babe Ruth.

So it was no surprise that when Frank Thomas announced the AL MVP winner Thursday night that not only would it be Ohtani, but it would be by unanimous vote.

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The unanimous win made him just the 19th player in the history of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s MVP award to receive all the first-place votes. Here’s a full list of the company he joins.

Year Player Team League Position
1935 Hank Greenberg Tigers AL 1B
1936 Carl Hubbell Giants NL LHP
1953 Al Rosen Indians AL 3B
1956 Mickey Mantle Yankees AL OF
1966 Frank Robinson Orioles AL OF
1967 Orlando Cepeda Cardinals NL 1B
1968 Denny McLain Tigers AL RHP
1973 Reggie Jackson Athletics AL OF
1980 Mike Schmidt Phillies NL 3B
1988 Jose Canseco Athletics AL OF
1993 Frank Thomas White Sox AL 1B
1994 Jeff Bagwell Astros NL 1B
1996 Ken Caminiti Padres NL 3B
1997 Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners AL OF
2002 Barry Bonds Giants NL OF
2009 Albert Pujols Cardinals NL 1B
2014 Mike Trout Angels AL OF
2015 Bryce Harper Nationals NL OF
2021 Shohei Ohtani Angels AL DH/RHP

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And if that wasn’t enough history, Ohtani also became only the 29th player to win both the MVP and Rookie of the Year. Among that group, he is only the seventh to be unanimously named MVP and win Rookie of the Year.

Player Rookie of the Year MVP
Jackie Robinson 1947 1949
Don Newcombe 1949 1956
Willie Mays 1951 1954, 1965
Frank Robinson 1956 1961, 1966
Orlando Cepeda 1958 1967
Willie McCovey 1959 1969
Pete Rose 1963 1973
Dick Allen 1964 1972
Rod Carew 1967 1977
Johnny Bench 1968 1970, 1972
Thurman Munson 1970 1976
Fred Lynn 1975 1975
Andre Dawson 1977 1987
Cal Ripken 1982 1983, 1991
Jose Canseco 1986 1988
Jeff Bagwell 1991 1994
Albert Pujols 2001 2005, 2008, 2009
Ichiro Suzuki 2001 2001
Ryan Howard 2005 2006
Justin Verlander 2006 2011
Ryan Braun 2007 2011
Dustin Pedroia 2007 2008
Buster Posey 2010 2012
Bryce Harper 2012 2015, 2021
Mike Trout 2012 2014, 2016, 2019
Jose Abreu 2014 2020
Kris Bryant 2015 2016
Cody Bellinger 2017 2019
Shohei Ohtani 2018 2021

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Ohtani joining historic company with the award is a fitting cap to an unprecedented campaign. He was third in the American League with 46 home runs and finished the season with a .257/.372/.592 slash line and he was fifth in the AL with 26 stolen bases.

On the mound, he pitched 130 1/3 innings in 23 starts with a 3.18 ERA, 29.3 percent strikeout rate and 8.3 percent walk rate. He is the only player in MLB history to tally at least 30 home runs and 30 strikeouts in a season, and he finished with 156 strikeouts.





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Anthony Barnett
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