Ohtani wins American League MVP award

Major League Baseball two-way star Ohtani Shohei has been named this year's Most Valuable Player in the American League.

MVP winners in each league are determined through voting by 30 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

It was a unanimous decision for Ohtani.

The Los Angeles Angels' player is the second Japanese to win the award following Suzuki Ichiro in 2001.

This season was Ohtani's fourth in the Majors, and it was by far his best, both as a pitcher and a batter.

As a pitcher, he had 9 wins and 156 strikeouts.

On offense, he belted 46 homers, had 100 runs batted in and 26 stolen bases.

He also became the first player ever to be named starting pitcher and leadoff batter in the All-Star Game.

Ohtani has already earned significant honors for his performance, including Player of the Year which was decided by his fellow major leaguers.