Jersey vs. Ohtani, MLB MVP Contest Shakes Who’ll Laugh?

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (left) and Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels. AP News

Aaron Judge (30, New York Yankees) and Ohtani Shohei (28, Los Angeles Angels). They are the most likely candidates for the American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in Major League Baseball.

Judge Ohtani leads Ohtani by hitting 61 home runs in a season in an away game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 29th (Korea time), setting the record for the number most home runs in a season in the American League. However, Ohtani, who is the only player in the major league who also plays ‘tuta’, also produces ‘best in class’ results, so the MVP competition between the two players is getting a lot of attention. Major League Baseball’s two MVPs are decided by the votes of 30 reporters from the All Miyako Journalists Association (BBWAA).

First of all, his batting performance is at a higher level than Jersey’s. Judge not only set the record for most home runs in a season in the American League, but also topped major offensive indicators such as batting (0.313 batting average, 2nd), home runs (1st), and RBI ( 130, 1st) of the 30th. If he takes first place in the batting category, he will leave his name as a player who wins the triple crown for the first time in 10 years since Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers) in 2012. In addition, he became the third Yankees player to win the impressive triple crown after Lou Gehrig (1934) and Mickey Mantle (1956).

Home runs are where the jersey can score highly. The players who hit 60 home runs in a season in Major League Baseball are Babe Ruth (ex-Yankees, 1927, 60), Roger Maris (ex-Yankees, 61 in 1961), and Semi Sosa (ex-Chicago Cubs, 66, 1998, 1999) . ).63 in 2001, 64 in 2001), Mark Maguire (former St. Louis Cardinals, 70 in 1998, 65 in 1999), and Barry Bonds (former San Francisco Giants, 73 in 2001). However, with the exception of Ruth and Maris, they all had a history of taking banned substances. Therefore, only the records of Ruth, Mariss, and Judge are evaluated as ‘clean records’. The local media call it ‘hutterer clean’, and articles focusing on it have been pouring in recently.

Ohtani is still writing MLB history. Ohtani won the MVP last year. Ohtani had 9 wins and 2 losses, 156 strikeouts and a 3.18 ERA in 23 games last year as a pitcher. In 158 games as a batter, he batted .257 (138 hits in 537 at-bats), 46 home runs, and 100 RBI. Last year, Ohtani swept all of the top 30 votes in the press poll.

Ohtani is 15-8 as a pitcher this year and maintains a 2.35 ERA. 213 strike out. The pitcher’s performance is much better than last year’s performance. As a batter, he batted .275 with 34 home runs and 94 RBI. Although his home runs and RBI fell below last year’s performance, his batting average increased by more than a dime and five li. In particular, Ohtani made his 151st hit of the season against the Oakland Athletics on the 28th, and achieved a triple 150 (hits, innings, strikeouts) for the first time since 1900, which is considered modern baseball. Locally, there are many voices saying that Ohtani is doing better than last year, when he won the MVP for the first time in his life. Although jersey is ahead of the pure hit index, there are many opinions that Ohtani should also be considered to serve as a pitcher.

However, in a team performance, a shirt takes precedence. The Jersey Yankees finished first in the American League East Division and advanced to the postseason early. On the other hand, the Angels finished third in the American League West and failed to advance to the postseason.

Reporter Jeong Se-young [email protected]

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