NEW YORK – Two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels is a finalist for the American League MVP in the Baseball Writers Association of America’s vote.
The BBWAA revealed on Monday night the finalists for American League and National League MVPs, Cy Young Awards, Rookies of the Year and Managers of the Year. The winners – decided on the ballots sent out at the end of the regular season – will be revealed next week.
Ohtani is in the bottom three of the AL MVP vote with two players from Toronto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Marcus Semien.
Ohtani, 27, hit .257 with 46 homers, 100 RBIs and a .965 OPS as the Angels’ full-time designated hitter, while also going 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 23 departures on the mound. It was his first full season in both roles – he won Rookie of the Year in 2018, even after an elbow injury stopped him as a pitcher after 10 starts.
Ex-St. Louis Cardinals skipper Mike Shildt was nominated for Coach of the Year in Newfoundland less than a month after being fired. The other finalists are Craig Counsell of Milwaukee and Gabe Kapler of San Francisco.
The Cardinals have won 17 straight games and reached the playoffs for the third time in four years under Shildt, but the 2018 Manager of the Year was let go because of what GM John Mozeliak called “philosophical differences. “. Oliver Marmol was promoted from bench coach to replace Shildt.
The NL MVP race goes to Bryce Harper of Philadelphia, Juan Soto of Washington and Fernando Tatis Jr. of San Diego. Harper is the only former MVP of this trio, winning the honor in 2015 with the Nationals.
A sign of changing voters’ priorities, none of the six MVP finalists have played for the teams that made the playoffs.
Soto, Tatis and Guerrero were all 22 on the final day of the season, and this is the first time that a trio of under-23 players have been among the finalists. The last time even two such young players were finalists was in 1956, when Hank Aaron was third in the NL vote and Al Kaline third in the AL.
Max Scherzer is a finalist for a fourth Cy Young Award after splitting the season between the Nationals and the Dodgers, but all other finalists are said to be first-time winners.
Corbin Burnes of Milwaukee and Zack Wheeler of Philadelphia are finalists in the NL, while the AL honor goes to Gerrit Cole of the Yankees, Lance Lynn of the White Sox and Robbie Ray of the Blue Jays, who is now an agent. free.
Playoff star Randy Arozarena and teammate Wander Franco of the Tampa Bay Rays are finalists for AL Rookie of the Year with Astros right-hander Luis Garcia. Franco has appeared in just 70 games, but still garnered attention after reaching base in 43 straight games, tying Frank Robinson’s 1956 record for the longest by a player 20 or under.
Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson, Reds second baseman Jonathan India and Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers are the finalists for National League Rookie of the Year.