Ohtani wins American League MVP

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 a unanimous decision for Ohtani.

Ohtani says he is so happy to win the award and thanked the reporters as well as his teammates and fans.

Special editions of newspapers were handed out in Iwate Prefecture, where he was raised.

A woman in her 50s said, "He's amazing indeed. It's great he got the award as we all hoped." A man in his 20s said, "I'm proud of him as a fellow local. I hope he'll continue to do his best."

Ohtani's coach in high school, Sasaki Hiroshi, says the athlete fulfilled his dreams of becoming the world's best player. Sasaki said, "I think Ohtani is challenging himself with the feeling that he will keep progressing day by day. I hope he will maintain this attitude and let the world know the greatness of Japanese players."

Mike Trout, a three-time MVP winner, congratulated his teammate on Twitter. He said, "Sho-time! I wanna congratulate you winning the AL MVP. What an unbelievable season you had, as I watched it literally all over again."

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 nine 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.