At some point, there aren’t enough words to describe how incredible the 2021 season has been for the Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani. There are no historical comparisons in baseball – and the closest is Babe Ruth.
So it came as no surprise when Frank Thomas announced the AL MVP winner on Thursday night that it wasn’t just Ohtani, but by unanimous vote.
The unanimous victory made him the 19th player in Baseball Writers Association of America MVP history to receive all of the votes in first place. Here’s the complete list of the companies he’s involved with.
|1935||Hank Greenberg||Many tigers||AL||1B|
|1936||Carl Hubbell||Giant||NL||Film Festival|
|1956||Mickey Mantle||Yankees||AL||OF THE|
|1966||Frank Robinson||Orioles||AL||OF THE|
|1968||Denny McLain||Many tigers||AL||RHP|
|1973||Reggie Jackson||Olympic||AL||OF THE|
|1988||Jose Canseco||Olympic||AL||OF THE|
|1993||Frank Thomas||White Sox||AL||1B|
|1997||Ken Griffey Jr.||Mariners||AL||OF THE|
|2002||Barry Bonds||Giant||NL||OF THE|
|2014||Mike Trout||Angel||AL||OF THE|
|2015||Bryce Harper||National citizen||NL||OF THE|
|Year 2021||Shohei Ohtani||Angel||AL||DH / RHP|
And if that wasn’t enough in history, Ohtani also became the only 29th player to win both MVP and Rookie of the Year. In that group, he’s only the seventh person to be unified as MVP and win Rookie of the Year.
|Player||Rookie of the Year||MVP|
|Willie Mays||1951||1954, 1965|
|Frank Robinson||1956||1961, 1966|
|Johnny Bench||1968||1970, 1972|
|Cal Ripken||1982||1983, 1991|
|Albert Pujols||2001||2005, 2008, 2009|
|Bryce Harper||2012||2015, 2021|
|Mike Trout||2012||2014, 2016, 2019|
|Jose Abreu||2014||Year 2020|
|Shohei Ohtani||2018||Year 2021|
Ohtani joins the historic company with an award that is a fitting limit for an unprecedented campaign. He finished third in the American League with 46 home runs and finished the season with a slash of .257 / .372 / .592 and he was fifth in the AL with 26 bases stolen.
On the mound, he threw 130 1/3 rounds in 23 games starting with a 3.18 ERA, 29.3 percent hit rate and 8.3 percent walk rate. He’s the only player in MLB history to score at least 30 home runs and 30 goals in a single season, and he finished with 156 goals.