For all but 12 teams in Major League Baseball, the 2022 season has come to an end.
While the world focuses on Aaron Judge‘s home run chase and concedes the American League MVP Award to him, Ohtani should not be overlooked.
The reigning AL MVP Award winner followed up his 46-home run campaign from a year ago with 34 bombs, 95 RBI, a .273 batting average, and an .875 OPS.
In addition to that, he went 15-9 as a pitcher with a 2.33 ERA in 28 starts.
Shohei Ohtani had two great seasons in one year. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/8duFaESlIy
— MLB (@MLB) October 6, 2022
One could make the argument that Ohtani has put together two All-Star seasons.
While his offensive stats aren’t quite where Judge’s are, he’s certainly put together a strong case to repeat as the AL MVP.
When you can put up MVP numbers at the plate and have a Cy Young caliber season on the mound, there’s a good chance you’ll at least be considered for the MVP Award.
Ohtani has certainly earned the right to be considered for another MVP.
He followed up his MVP season from a year ago with great seasons at the plate and on the mound.
We’ve said it before, but Ohtani is something special.
He’s a two-way star, the likes of which has not been seen since the great Babe Ruth.
The 28-year-old doesn’t have much left to prove at this point.
He can do it all on the field.
The only thing he’s missing right now is a trip to October.
Unfortunately, the Angels couldn’t take him there, but he still had a great season on both sides of the ball that is worth remembering.