Shohei Ohtani is putting up one of the greatest seasons in MLB history. Ohtani has been a monster this year on the mound and at the plate, and is top ten in the league in several categories.

Ohtani is a Japanese major league pitcher, designated hitter, and outfielder who plays for  the Los Angeles Angels. Ohtani has had a record-breaking season.

Ohtani was the first  player to be named an All-Star as a position player and a pitcher. He batted leadoff for his team in the game. The 27 year-old  leads the league in home-runs with 42.

Ohtani ranks top 10 in stolen bases, and just had his most magical stolen base of the year, stealing home against the Yankees Monday August, 30,  to help pace the Angels to a 6-4 win over a top-five team in the major leagues. Ohtani leads the American League in slugging percentage proving that he is the top power hitter in the game today. Ohtani also leads the majors in extra base hits.

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It seems like that alone could be a valid case for AL MVP. Ohtani is almost as effective on the mound as he is at the plate. He was named the starting pitcher in the All-Star game this year for the American League. Ohtani has gone 105 innings pitched this year with 127 strikeouts. One hundred strikeouts is a great accomplishment for any pitcher. Ohtani currently has a 3.0 ERA, has the seventh lowest batting average allowed and the 11th best strikeout percentage in the major league. It’s crazy to see a pitcher in today’s who’s batting overshadows his pitching.

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Ohtani is trying to do some things that few others have done. He currently sits at 7.8 wins above replacement which would lead the league and go on to put him in a category that only two others have been in. That means Ohtani brings in eight more wins per ten games that he plays for the Angels. He sits with 34 win shares, and 40 of those would put him in elite company with yet again only two other players in over the past two decades.

Ohtani is a generational player with tools and skills that put him in a league of his own. How can an All-Star pitcher lead the league in home runs, play in the out-field, be top ten in stolen bases and start at two positions in the All-Star game? We may never see anything like it again. To top everything off he plays for one of the worst teams in baseball and may be the first player to win MVP while his team is under .500 for the year, proving his worth and special season.  He is the clear front-runner for MVP; We are just waiting for it to become official.


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