Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels) and Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves) swept the first place in MLB.com’s virtual first half MVP vote.
On the 15th (Korean time), which started the second half, MLB.com released the results of the ‘MVP mock vote’ of 47 reporters and experts.
There could be no disagreement.
Ohtani in the American League (AL) and Acuna Junior in the National League (NL) received all 47 first place votes.
Those who participated in the vote were able to write down the 1st to 5th places to determine the next ranking.
MLB.com said, “In the major leagues, a total of 19 players in the AL and NL have monopolized the first place vote in the official MVP vote. The most recent player who won the unanimous (first place vote) MVP was the 2021 AL MVP Ohtani.” “There has never been a unanimous selection of AL and NL All-Stars in the same year.”
If the MVP solo system in the first half continues in the second half, a new record can be created with unanimous MVPs in the AL and NL at the same time.
In the first half of this year, Ohtani, who caused the two-hit syndrome, posted a batting average of 0.302, 32 home runs, 71 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.050. 1st in AL home run and OPS.
Ohtani, who is worthy of challenging MVP with his batter record, appeared in 17 games as a pitcher and played an active role with 7 wins, 4 losses, an ERA of 3.32, and 132 strikeouts.
MLB.com commented, “Do I need to explain Ohtani further? He is having another historic season this year.”
The AL runner-up in the mock vote was Louis Robert Jr. (Chicago White Sox).
Robert Jr. also played an active part in the first half with a batting average of 0.271, 26 home runs, 51 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.899, but it was not enough to surpass Ohtani.
Acuna Junior is a hitter who combines strength and power.
In the first half, Acuna Jr. hit 21 home runs and stole 41 bases. His batting average is 0.331.
MLB.com said, “Acuña is playing the season with a ’38 home run, 75 stolen base pace'” and “There has never been a successful case of 30 home runs and 70 stolen bases in one season in major league history.”메이저도메인
The runner-up in the NL mock vote was Mookie Betts (Los Angeles Dodgers). Betts had a batting average of 0.276, 26 homers, 62 RBIs and an OPS of 0.965 in the first half. He also had 7 stolen bases.
However, the voices supporting Acuña Jr., who put strength and speed first, were much louder.