Shohei Ohtani second in AL MVP vote to Yankees’ Aaron Judge

Angels Two-Way star Shohei Ohtani didn’t repeat himself as the American League’s most valuable player.

New York Yankees hitter Aaron Judge, who set an American League record with 62 home runs this season, won the award Thursday, receiving 28 of 30 first-place votes. Ohtani got the other two votes for first place and finished second. He received 28 votes in second place.

Judge led the AL in RBIs (131) and finished second in the league in batting (.311) ahead of Minnesota’s Luis Arraez (.316).

Ohtani had an impeccable 2021 season on his way to becoming an unanimous MVP and there were doubts he could have another season like this. In 2022 he continued set its own precedent.

He put together a season in which only two AL pitchers hit more batsmen: Gerrit Cole and Dylan Cease. And only three AL hitters had more homers: Judge, Mike Trout and Jordan Alvarez.

Ohtani had 160 hits, including 34 homers, 30 doubles and six triples, hit 90 runs and had 95 RBIs. He finished with a .273 batting average and an .875 percentage on base plus slugging.

He had more extra base hits as well as runs, home runs and RBIs last season but hit fewer in 2022.

“Before the season, I had this image of hitting almost .300,” Ohtani said after the final game of the season in Oakland on Oct. 5. “One of the challenges was how many home runs I could hit with those kinds of shots that I was approaching. What stood out a bit were the balls dying right in front of the fence. I think if I can grow just a little bit more, both [home runs and average] will rise.”

New York Yankees Aaron Judge rounds bases after hitting a solo home run against the Cleveland Guardians in the playoffs.

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge rounds bases after hitting a home run against the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of an American League Division Series.

(John Minchillo/Associated Press)

On the hill, he put up a career-high 166 innings, with a career-high 219 strikeouts over 28 starts. He finished with an earned run average of 2.33 and a fielding independent pitching rate of 2.40 — which is similar to ERA but only accounts for what a pitcher has control over, such as pitching. B. Strikeouts hit by pitches and home runs. He went 15-9 and finished fourth in voting for the AL Cy Young Award.

“First, I think the good thing about it was that I was able to stay steady and pitch in every game,” Ohtani said in Oakland. “I think that was the best part. Tiredness aside, being able to conquer the hill in good health was number 1. If I continue that next season, I think I can keep growing and putting up better and better numbers.

That season, he became the first player in MLB history to hit at least 30 homers and hit at least 200 batsmen in the same season.

In 2022, Ohtani also broke a nearly 100-year-old record of 10 wins and 10 home runs in the same season set by Babe Ruth (1918), Bullet Rogan (1922), and Ed Rile (1927). He was also the first player in the World Series era to qualify as a league leader for both pitchers and hitters.

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was voted National League MVP, finishing ahead of San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado and Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado. The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Shohei Ohtani second in AL MVP vote to Yankees’ Aaron Judge

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