Shohei Otani becomes the first Japanese player to achieve 2 consecutive years with 15 wins and 34 HR among the 3 MVP finalists | Full Account

Judge Alvarez is also a finalist

The three finalists for each award selected by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) will be announced on the 7th (8th Japan time), and Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani will be nominated for the AL MVP award . The winner will be announced on the 17th (8:00 am on the 18th) within the MLB Network program.

Ohtani, who won the unanimous MVP last year, has played in 28 games this season with 15 wins and 9 losses, a 2.33 ERA, and 219 strikeouts, which is third in the league. As an outfielder, he had a .273 batting average with 34 home runs and 95 RBI. It was the first time since the World Series began in 1903 to reach the double rule for the first time in history. He is expected to be the first Japanese player to be MVP for the second consecutive year. He did not make the shortlist for the Cy Young Award.

Other MVP finalists include Astros outfielder Jordan Alvarez and Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge. The NL MVP contenders include Cardinals outfielder Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals outfielder Nolan Arenado and Padres outfielder Manny Machado.

(Full Account editorial section)

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