Shohei Ohtani, Best Athlete of the Year: AP

THE PHENOMENON Major League Baseball player Shohei Ohtani closes a spectacular year with another prestigious title. He is designated by the AP news agency, as the male athlete of 2021. The astonishing 27-year-old Japanese man already had in his collection the crown of Most Valuable Player of the American League, combining his extraordinary performance, as a starting pitcher and batter. . The Anaheim Angels star impacted the Major Leagues as a two-way player.

AS PITCHER, was the star of the rotation with a 9-2 record in 23 starts, dishing out with 130.1 innings, 3.18 ERA, 156 strikeouts, allowed 15 home runs and 98 hits. The right-hander made an impact and became one of the players to watch throughout the season. Unfortunately, his work wasn’t enough to advance the Californians to the postseason.

WITH THE BAT, became a regular player, both in right field or designated hitter. He combined his power, speed and arm power as a gardener. He hit 46 home runs, the third MLB mark, trailing only co-leaders Toronto first baseman Vlad Guerrero Jr and Kansas City wide receiver Salvador Perez. In passing, he hit 8 triples, 26 doubles, scored 103 runs, received 96 bases and swindled 26 mats to add 55 in his career. Numbers, extraordinary, that for some time placed him as a possible winner of the triple batting crown.

WAS SUPPORT offense for the Angels, who suffered from an injury to their main gunner, Mike Trout. The Angels’ best average was Jared Walsh at .277. In addition, the Asian shone at zero hour by producing 100 runs, which placed him in 18th place of the season.

IN YOUR FOURTH Angels campaign and the first full-time, presented statistics that had not been achieved in the last century, since the legend of this show, Babe Ruth, did it in 1919, combining his extraordinary abilities with the bat and on the hill. of responsibilities. At that level that Ohtani managed in the previous season.

NECESSARY prop up its trajectory, which practically monopolized all the canopies. All-Star Game, American League Rookie of the Year, Cycle Batting, Silver Bat, All-Star First Team, and winner of the Edgar Martinez Award for Best Designated. In the Japan League, five all-stars stand out, MVP in 2016, best BD in 2015, twice winner of the award for the best Japanese athlete and also player of the year for the WBSL, which controls baseball worldwide.

JAPANESE others have shined in the majors, such as Ichiro Suzuki -future Cooperstown Hall of Fame- and Hideo Nomo, but Ohtani’s caliber as a two-way star, excuse me, but that’s another matter.

THIS NEW An award in his short and meteoric career of 4 years, it is still encouraging, because it is one of the most influential and qualified press agencies on sports issues in the world. And you see, achieving this distinction is something great, because in all sports there are true stars at the highest level.

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