Shohei Ohtani was named a finalist for two Players’ Choice Awards on Thursday, including the top prize, awarded by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Shohei Ohtani. (Getty / Kyodo)
The Los Angeles Angels’ two-way star is one of three nominees for Player of the Year, along with Toronto Blue Jays forward Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper.
He is also one of the three candidates for the American League Outstanding Player Award, with joint homemade champions Guerrero Jr. and catcher Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals.
Each prize is determined by a secret ballot of players. Winners in all categories will be announced next Thursday, with Ohtani having a strong chance to add the Baseball Digest / eBay MLB Player of the Year award he won earlier this month.
As a pitcher, the right-hander went 9-2 with 3.18 ERA in 23 starts. As a designated hitter, Ohtani hit 46 home runs, the third most in the majors, had 100 RBI and 103 runs scored.
He became the only player in history with at least 45 home runs, eight triples, 25 doubles and 25 stolen bases in one season.
Guerrero Jr. and Perez went out of Ohtani in an exciting home run after launching 48 big flies each.