Major League Baseball announced the third annual All-MLB teams on Tuesday, and Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani made the first team as a designated hitter and second as a pitcher.
The 27-year-old, who won the American League MVP Award unanimously last week, was a top hit and a strong starting pitcher for the Angels in the 2021 season. Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper, National League MVP, also fielded the first team.
Ohtani is the first player to achieve the All-MLB cut in more than one position in the same season. He is also the second Japanese All-MLB team since Yu Darvish, who then pitched for the Chicago Cubs, became the first last year.
MLB introduced the All-MLB Team in 2019 to provide a more comprehensive honor that covered the entire breadth of a major league season, complementing the All-Star Game selections that will be handed out just after the halfway point of the season.
All-MLB first and second teams consist of 16 players each – one player in each infield position and designated striker, plus three outfielders, five starting pitchers and two relievers.
Players are selected in a process that is split 50-50 between a fan vote and an expert panel.