Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), who bombed the Major League (MLB) with a two-time job, was selected as a potential MVP candidate for the upcoming 2023 season.
On the 26th (Korean time), the MLB official website MLB.com selected players who are expected to perform best in the 2023 season by club.
In the Angels, Ohtani was mentioned as the player who will perform the best, overtaking the prominent star players in the team.
MLB.com predicted, “If the ‘two swords’ superstar lives up to expectations in 2023, Ohtani will be a strong candidate to win the second MVP of his career this year.”
Ohtani created a sensation in the MLB with his two-time pitching career. He won the American League MVP by unanimous decision in the 2021 season, the first time he made a successful case of both hitting and hitting, and spent the best year collecting almost all the trophies he could receive that year.
Last season as well, Ohtani won 15 wins (9 losses) as a pitcher, and hit 34 homers and 95 RBIs as a hitter, making a big success in pitching. Although he failed to win the MVP award for the second year in a row, being pushed by Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), who set a new home run record in the American League, his presence was still there. 스포츠토토
MLB.com also predicted Ohtani’s performance in the 2023 season. The media said, “If Ohtani’s batting and pitching values are combined, he ranks first among baseball players.” “He will record 35 homers, 16 stolen bases, and 96 RBIs as a hitter, and 217 strikeouts in 12 wins as a pitcher with a 3.16 ERA.” forecasted
Meanwhile, Ohtani will participate as a member of the Japanese baseball team in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held in March prior to the 2023 season. Ohtani, who is highly likely to double as a pitcher in the national team, is expected to start as a starting pitcher for the Korea-Japan match on March 10th. If that happens, we will meet Korea again in an international competition eight years after the Premier12 in 2015.