MVP is also a judge’s recommendation … US reporters struggle, Shohei Otani finishes in 2nd place “I can’t imagine” | Full Account

Rosenthal: ‘We prefer players from teams competing for the title’

Will Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani win MVP for the second straight year? As the season winds down, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge’s “MVP debate” is heating up. In an article on US sports media “The Athletic”, reporter Ken Rosenthal lists all MLB awards. He also commented on the MVP.

Awards determined by voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) include the Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year and MVP awards in both leagues. On American League MVP: “Yankees fans might argue this is the easiest award. Aaron Judge is two short of the AL record (61 home runs) and just the fifth in 75 years. I’m going for the Triple Crown, and when I vote for MVP, I’d rather be on a team that’s competing for the title, and I think those guys are playing under a lot of pressure.

“Yet, just as the judges cannot imagine losing this (MVP) award, it is almost unimaginable that Shohei Ohtani, who says he is performing better than last season when he won the unanimous MVP award , finishing second. I can’t. The judge is my choice, but I’m not going to apologize for surprising Ohtani.”

Ohtani has 13 wins as a pitcher and 34 home runs as a hitter. After his 13th win against the Mariners on the 17th (18th Japan time), he said, “I think I’m confident that I was able to have a better season than last year, including pitching and hitting balance.” Otani, who won MVP with unanimous votes, went “last season” and Judge, who is two home runs away from a league-high 61 home runs. The high-level battle is likely to continue until the end.

(Full Account editorial section)

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