The question of “Who will win the A League MVP? Shohei Ohtani (29) will win the MVP with a full vote. That is what fans are interested in.
The Rays’ Yandy Diaz (32), who won the top spot, and other players who would normally be in contention for MVP this year have appeared in the tournament. However, they are not even in the conversation. The reason is that Otani, who won the homerun championship, had an inhumanly high batting average,” said a desk reporter for a sports newspaper.
Otani the hitter” was dominant, becoming the first Japanese major leaguer in history to win the home run crown. 30, which he hit against the Diamondbacks on June 30, was his longest homer of all time, reaching 150 meters, and his shocking No. 36, which he hit against the Pirates on July 23 at an angle of 19 degrees with a velocity of approximately 182 km/h, took an astounding 4 seconds to land, It took only 4 seconds to land.
As a pitcher, he injured his right elbow at the end of the season, but he struck out 167 and won 10 games. He is still in a cast due to the surgery he had on September 19, but the competition for his services is intense.
There is even a possibility that he could win a 12-year, ¥80 billion contract, which is unprecedented in the history of the major leagues. In addition to the Dodgers and Padres, who are also based in California, the Mariners, Giants, and Mets are all vying for Ohtani.
The “SHO-TIME” of 2011, which was full of records, will be talked about for a long time to come.
From the November 3, 2023 issue of FRIDAY
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