On the day he learned that he would need reconstructive elbow surgery, which temporarily discontinued his dynamic ladder career, Los…
On the day he learned that he would need reconstructive elbow surgery, which temporarily discontinued his dynamic ladder career, Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani turned to his second extraordinary talent. That night in early September, against Texas Rangers, Ohtani went 4 to 4 with two home runs.
That kind of response to cruel damage devices would have been rude to almost everyone else who has been living. However, Ohtani showed this season that he could be a two-way star, with skills seamlessly translated from Japan to Major League Baseball, although his injury limited him to 10 in height.
“I never had a doubt coming here,” said Ohtani via a translator on Monday. “I felt like I had made the right decision from the beginning, and I still feel the same. Of course it hurts, but I could fight it and end up with an award as this is a real big deal for me.”  Ohtani, 24, struck .285 with 22 homers, 61 RBI and 10 steals. On the heap he was 4-2 with a 3.31 E.R.A. and 11 strikeouts per nine innings. After Tommy John’s operation on October 1, he said that his recovery went well – “maybe already before schedule”, he said – although there are no plans for him to throw in 2019.
Ohtani gathered 25 of 30 first place votes from members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, with the other five coming to Yankees third basseman Miguel Andujar. Another Yankees infielder, second base man Gleyber Torres, finished third in the vote.
Acuña won with an even broader margin in NL, with 27 first-place votes, which easily beat another outfielder, Juan Soto from Washington citizens, who had two. Los Angeles Dodgers’ Walker Buehler had the second N.L.
Andujar was a pillar in a team winning 100 wins, leading all AL rookies in games (149), bats (573), runs (83), drove in (92) and extra-base hits (76) while betting .297 with 27 homers. These numbers could earn the price in most seasons, but the unusual character of the Ohtani season probably served against Andujar, and poor defense at the third base made it clear.