ANAHEIM, Calif. – Shohei Ohtani was named Major League Baseball’s top designated hitter for the second straight season.
The Los Angeles Angels left-handed hitter won the Edgar Martinez Award on Monday, edging out Houston Astros’ Yordan Alvarez as the best player in that role of 2022.
Ohtani, the unanimous winner of the American League Most Valuable Player honor in 2021 — and second in that honor in 2022 — is the first player to win the designated hitter trophy back-to-back since David Ortiz. The former Boston Red Sox star won it five times in a row between 2003 and 2007.
Ohtani hit .273, hit 34 home runs, drove in 95 runs and stole 11 bases this season.
He led all designated hitters with at least 100 at-bats in hits, runs, total bases, triples, home runs, RBIs and walks.
He also hit two or more home runs in six games, a feat that tied Troy Glaus’ record with the Angels. Ohtani also had an 18-game hitting streak during the campaign.
Alvarez finished second in voting after a stellar offensive season with the World Series champion Astros. However, the Cuban slugger only played 77 games as a designated hitter.
Ohtani is the 11th player to be named the majors’ top designated hitter more than once in the award’s 49-year history. He is the only Japanese player and the only Angels player to have won the award.