Ohtani Shohei strongly favored for MLB AL MVP

Major League Baseball's Most Valuable Player Award winner for each league will be announced on Thursday.
Japanese two-way star Ohtani Shohei of the Los Angeles Angels is regarded a clear favorite to win the MVP Award in the American League.

The MVP is awarded to the player who performed the best during the regular season in the American League and the National League. The winners are chosen through voting by 30 member journalists of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The voting already took place immediately after the season was over. Ohtani was among the three American League finalists announced last week. The two others were: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Marcus Semien. They are both players of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 2021 season was Ohtani's fourth with the Majors, and by far his very best, both as a pitcher and a batter.

As a pitcher, he had nine wins, and 156 strikeouts. As a batter, he got 46 homers, 100 runs batted in, and 26 stolen bases. Ohtani became only the sixth player in MLB history to get 45 homeruns and 25 stolen bases in a single season. In the All-Star Game in July, Ohtani made history by becoming the first player to take part as a pitcher and a batter.

Ohtani has already won the MLB Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award for his two-way performance this season. It was given for the first time in seven years.
His fellow players named him the 2021 Player of the Year.

If Ohtani wins the MVP, he will be the second Japanese player to receive the honor, following Suzuki Ichiro in 2001.

The MVPs will be announced on Thursday.