Ohtani shortlisted for American League MVP

In Major League Baseball, Japanese two-way sensation Ohtani Shohei has been named one of the three finalists for this year's Most Valuable Player Award in the American League.

The finalists were announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Monday.

Three players each from the American and National Leagues are in contention for the awards, which will be announced on November 18.

The other two finalists in the American League are Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Marcus Semien. Both belong to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ohtani had a phenomenal year with the Los Angeles Angels. As a pitcher, he recorded nine wins and 156 strikeouts. As a batter, he racked up 46 homers, 100 runs batted in and 26 stolen bases.

If Ohtani is named MVP, he will be the second Japanese player to win the honor. The first was Suzuki Ichiro in 2001.