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MLB MVP Awards 2023: Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. Win Honors

Paul Kasabian Featured Columnist II November 17, 2023 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images The inevitable became reality on Thursday as Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuña Jr. officially took home the American and National League MVP awards, respectively. FOX Sports: MLB @MLBONFOX The MVP and Shohei Ohtani 🐶 Bleacher Report @BleacherReport RONALD ACUÑA JR. IS THE UNANIMOUS

MLB MVP Awards 2023: Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. Win Honors

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IINovember 17, 2023

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 23:  Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a two-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning during game one of a doubleheader at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 23, 2023 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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The inevitable grew to become actuality on Thursday as Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuña Jr. formally took dwelling the American and Nationwide League MVP awards, respectively.

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The MVP and Shohei Ohtani 🐶

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Ohtani received his second AL MVP award in three seasons after incomes the unanimous honor. He grew to become the one participant in MLB historical past to win an MVP award unanimously twice. Ohtani beat out finalists Corey Seager and Marcus Semien of the Texas Rangers.

Ryan Divish @RyanDivish

Julio Rodriguez completed fourth within the AL MVP voting. He completed seventh as a rookie in 2022.

JP Crawford was on a number of ballots whereas Cal Raleigh was additionally poll.

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Shohei Ohtani acquired all 30 first place votes for his second MVP award 🙌

The prolific two-way participant led all of baseball with a 1.066 OPS whereas pacing the AL with 44 dwelling runs and a .412 OBP. He additionally added 95 RBI, 20 stolen bases and a .304 batting common for the Los Angeles Angels.

On the mound, the 29-year-old went 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA (1.06 WHIP) in 23 begins. He additionally struck out 167 batters in 132.0 innings.

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Ohtani ended up ending with an MLB-high 10.0 WAR (wins above alternative), per Baseball-Reference. Ohtani additionally led MLB in WAR throughout his final MVP season in 2021.

In between his MVP seasons, Ohtani completed second within the AL MVP voting behind New York Yankees slugger Aaron Decide and fourth within the AL Cy Younger race in 2022.

For a lot of the season, Ohtani seemed to be the clear MVP winner, though Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager had a terrific yr in his personal proper en path to main his workforce to its first-ever World Collection crown. Seager led the American League with 42 doubles regardless of lacking 43 video games (hamstring, proper thumb injuries). He additionally completed with 33 dwelling runs, 96 RBI and a 1.013 OPS.

However Ohtani was the AL’s clear celebrity this yr.


Unanimous MVP awards on a sub-.500 workforce, all-time:

Shohei Ohtani: 2
All different MLB/NBA/NFL/NHL gamers mixed: 0

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Addison @YankeeWRLD

Completely insane how Shohei Ohtani would’ve received AL MVP even when he did not pitch

natasha @thefriscobay

your annual reminder that shohei ohtani ought to’ve three-peated for MVP

Jared Carrabis @Jared_Carrabis

This Shohei Ohtani man would possibly really be one thing.

The one query is the place he’ll play transferring ahead given his newfound standing as a free agent.

Like Ohtani, Acuña was a unanimous winner of the award.

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Ronald Acuña Jr. unanimously wins the NL MVP award after receiving all 30 first place votes

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In his sixth season with the Atlanta Braves, Acuña grew to become simply the fifth-ever participant to hit 40 dwelling runs and swipe 40 bases in a single season. Nonetheless, he additionally grew to become the lone member of the 40-50, 40-60 after which 40-70 golf equipment as effectively when he completed the yr with 71 stolen bases alongside his 41 dwelling runs (106 RBI).

Acuña led MLB with 149 runs, 217 hits, 73 stolen bases, a .416 OBP and 383 complete bases. His 1.012 OPS paced the NL. Acuña additionally earned his fourth All-Star look and third Silver Slugger award.

Thanks partially to his efforts, the Braves completed with an MLB-high 104 regular-season victories.

That is Acuña’s first-ever MVP award. He beforehand completed prime 12 in 2018, 2019 and 2020, together with a fifth-place end in 2019.

For a lot of the 2023 marketing campaign, this seemed to be a two-player race for MVP between Acuña and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, who led the NL with an 8.3 WAR. Betts was great for the 100-win Dodgers, smacking 39 dwelling runs (107 RBI) to go together with 126 runs, a .307 batting common and .987 OPS.

Betts can be the unquestioned NL MVP in different years, however Acuña’s historic season in the end gave him the nod. Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman was the opposite MVP finalist.

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Ronald Acuña voted 2023 Nationwide League MVP.

Acuña created the next single-season HR/SB golf equipment this yr:

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Maria Martin @Ria_Martin

The inevitable has occurred.
Ronald Acuña Jr is the NL MVP. UNANIMOUS. Sufficient mentioned. #NLMVP #Braves

Jeff Schultz @JeffSchultzATL

OFFICIAL: Ronald Acuña Jr. is 2023 NL MVP.

Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman worthy candidates however Acuña’s numbers have been absurd: .337, 1.012 OPS, 41 HR, 106 RBI, 73 stolen bases.

He is eighth MVP in franchise historical past, becoming a member of Evers, Elliott, Aaron, Murphy, Pendleton, Chipper, Freeman

Brent Maguire @bmags94

Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuña Jr. are the primary pair of gamers to unanimously win their respective league’s MVP awards in the identical season

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Justin Toscano @JustinCToscano

Breaking: Ronald Acuña Jr. is the 2023 Nationwide League MVP. The vote was unanimous.

That is Acuña’s first such award, however together with his expertise, it won’t be his final. A becoming finish to a historic season.

Acuña has additionally loved an amazing comeback after struggling a torn ACL in 2021 that ended his marketing campaign. Acuña was on hearth that season with 24 dwelling runs in simply 82 video games. Two years later, he is gotten again to that peak type after which some.

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