When Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees hit 62 home runs last year, setting an American League (AL) single-season record, most experts expected him to be a unanimous MVP winner.
But in a poll conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), not all 30 voters picked Jersey as their first choice. Two voted for Shohei Ohtani, preventing unanimity. They were AP Angels reporter Greg Beecham in Los Angeles and Angels reporter Sam Blum of The Athletic.
In other words, two BBWAA reporters from each of the 15 AL cities participated in the MVP voting, and both reporters from Ohtani’s home city of Los Angeles turned away the jersey. They put the jersey in second place.
Blum wrote in his article that he voted Ohtani first, “I have a lot of numbers to back up my argument. “The basic reason I chose Ohtani is this: He has a very high level of hitting and a very high level of power. He hit at a very high level and pitched at a very high level. He had one of the greatest seasons in history.
While Jersey’s home run record is impressive, Ohtani’s two-hit performance is more valuable. In 157 games as a hitter last year, Ohtani batted .273 (160-for-586) with 34 home runs, 95 RBIs, an OPS of 0.875 and a bWAR of 3.4, and in 28 games as a pitcher, he went 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA, 219 strikeouts, a WHIP of 1.012 and a bWAR of 6.2 in 166 innings.
Ohtani became the first pitcher in major league history to reach both regulation plate appearances and regulation innings in a season, but that was overshadowed by Jersey breaking the AL home run record after 61 years. Of course, Ohtani’s 9.6 total bWAR was well short of Jersey’s 10.6. “I thought I was going to win it,” Ohtani reportedly told then-Angels manager Phil Nevin in a phone call after learning of the MVP vote.
Not everyone feels the same way. Just because Ohtani thought he was going to win doesn’t mean the two reporters who turned away from the jersey were wrong. People vote because they have different opinions and they have different reasons for being right.
Ohtani was a finalist for AL MVP again this season. Along with the Texas Rangers’ “Twins” Marcus Simien and Corey Seager. Most local media outlets are predicting Ohtani to win the MVP. But we’re interested in whether it’s unanimous. 보스토토 주소
Ohtani was a unanimous MVP two years ago in 2021. Ohtani, who 102 years after Babe Ruth (1919) made the two-hitter a reality at an “extremely high level,” as Blum put it, was the hero of the cartoon. The runner-up for MVP that year was Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays. After batting .311 with 48 home runs, 111 RBIs, 123 runs scored, and a 1.002 OPS, Guerrero Jr. was not happy that he didn’t receive a single first-place vote.