Ohtani chosen as DH, pitcher for All-MLB Team

In Major League Baseball, Japanese two-way player Ohtani Shohei of the Los Angeles Angels has been chosen as both a pitcher and a designated hitter for the All-MLB Team.

MLB introduced its first-ever "All-MLB Team" awards in 2019.

It announced this year's All-MLB Team on Tuesday. As usual, the lineup was chosen by voters. Fans cast half the votes. A panel made up of experts including retired players and members of the media cast the other half.

The All-MLB Team is split into a First Team and a Second Team. The players who win higher numbers of votes make it onto the First Team.

Ohtani was named as the designated hitter for the First Team. He was chosen to be one of the five starting pitchers on the Second Team.

He is the first player to be chosen to fill two positions on the All-MLB Team.

Last Thursday, Ohtani was named this year's Most Valuable Player in the American League by a unanimous decision.

This season was Ohtani's fourth in the MLB. He had nine wins and 156 strikeouts as a pitcher. On offense, he belted 46 homers, had 100 runs batted in and stole 26 bases.