Major League Baseball two-way star Ohtani Shohei has been named this year's Most Valuable Player in the American League. He is the second Japanese to win the award following Suzuki Ichiro in 2001.
MVP winners in each league are determined through voting by the 30 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It was an unanimous decision for Ohtani.
Ohtani says he is very happy to win the award and thanked the reporters as well as all his teammates and fans.
People in Japan welcomed the news. And Prime Minister Kishida Fumio also congratulated Ohtani. "It is a great achievement and I am very proud of him as a Japanese," he said.
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.
The Los Angeles Angels' player has already earned significant honors for his performance, including Player of the Year which was decided by his fellow major leaguers.