His coronation left not much room for doubt and it was even unanimous.
Shohei Ohtani garnered 30 top-place votes to be voted America’s MVP on Thursday. He was ahead of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Marcus Semien in the ballot.
Ohtani impressed both on offense and on the mound. Offensively, he ended the campaign with 46 home runs and 100 RBIs. At the mound, the versatile player dominated his opponents with an earned run average of 3.18 and 156 strikeouts in 23 starts.
Even though a pitcher’s record isn’t as significant as it used to be, Ohtani still posted a 9-2 record for a team that finished with a 77-85 overall this campaign.
Guerrero Jr. had his real breakout season in Major League Baseball and what a season it was! The only 22-year-old Jays player tied with Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals as the home runner at 48.
Teammate Marcus Semien rounds out the finalist list, who has played all 162 games for the Jays while hitting a personal high of 45 home runs and produced 102 points.
On the National side, Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies won his second MVP. He edged out Juan Soto (Washington Nationals), as well as San Diego Padres infielder Fernando Tatis Jr..
Harper received 17 of 30 first-place votes and a total of 348 points in the ballot, made with the Baseball Columnists Association of America. Soto took second place with six first place votes while Tatis finished third.
Harper overcame being shot in the face in one game this season and maintained a .309 batting average with 35 home runs for the Philadelphia Phillies. He led the Majors in power average (.465), attendance plus power (1.044) and doubles (42).
The Phillies, however, have missed the playoffs for a third straight season since signing a 13-year contract worth US $ 330 million. Harper was unanimously named MVP in 2015, wearing the Washington Nationals colors.
Soto, who was selected in the All-Star game for the first time, averaged .313 with 29 homers and 95 RBIs for the Nationals. He led Major Baseball in walks (145) and goalscoring average (.465).
Tatis sits atop the Nationale with 42 long balls, posting a .282 batting average with 97 RBIs for the San Diego Padres.