Ohtani named Player of the Year by MLB peers

Major League Baseball two-way star Ohtani Shohei has been named Player of the Year in a vote by his peers. The Los Angeles Angels player is the first Japanese to be awarded the prize.

Ohtani marked his best performance of his career this season, his fourth in the MLB.

As a pitcher, he recorded nine wins and 156 strikeouts. On offense, he racked up 46 homers, 100 runs batted in and 26 stolen bases.

He also became the sixth MLB player to achieve 45 home runs and 25 stolen bases in a season.

Ohtani's fellow major leaguers are congratulating him.

Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies was one of the three Player of the Year finalists along with Ohtani. Harper said Ohtani had an incredible year, and he is very excited to watch him do what he does.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Max Scherzer faced Ohtani in the All-Star Game. Scherzer said Ohtani was fun to watch, and there has never been somebody this great as a pitcher and hitter at the same time.

Ohtani's teammate, Mike Trout, was chosen as Player of the Year in 2019. Trout said it's something special to be able to throw eight innings one day and hit home runs the next day. He added it's cool to witness some history.

Ohtani said he is very happy to be recognized by his peers and it means a lot.

He thanked the other players, saying his performance can get elevated by watching them. He added that he hopes to continue competing at a high level in future seasons.