Ohtani Wins MLB's American League MVP Award Unanimously

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Los Angeles, Nov. 18 (Jiji Press)--Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday unanimously won the 2021 MVP award for Major League Baseball's American League.

He collected all 30 first-place votes cast by reporters from the Baseball Writers' Association of America, becoming the second Japanese to receive the AL MVP award after Ichiro Suzuki, a former Seattle Mariners player, who won the award in 2001.

"I'm very happy," Ohtani told a conference call after the MVP announcement. "I was a little surprised to learn that I was picked unanimously."

He also said, "I'm grateful for the writers who voted for me, my teammates, the manager, the coaches, the fans, the trainers, the doctor who did my surgery and everyone who supported me." He underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in October 2018.

Ohtani, 27, shone as both a pitcher and a batter during his fourth season in MLB. He hit 46 home runs, the third most in the league, marked a batting average of .257 and scored 100 RBIs, 103 runs and 26 stolen bases. As a pitcher, he recorded nine wins and two losses.

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