The American League MVP award was never really in any doubt. And Thursday only confirmed that when it was announced that Shohei Ohtani had been given the honor after an unprecedented two-way season in 2021. The Los Angeles Angels’ star won all 30 first-place votes and became just the fifth player to win the award in unanimous fashion since 2000.
The 27-year-old Japanese superstar hit 46 home runs and also pitched 130 innings while accruing an ERA of 3.18. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. and Marcus Semien rounded out the top three vote-getters. The National League side was a little bit less clear-cut, but there was still an obvious choice among voters as Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies got the nod. Having received 17 of the first-place votes, he was able to comfortably overcome both Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis, Jr. to win it for this second time. Harper led the NL in slugging percentage and also was tied for second in WAR. He hit .309 overall and blasted 35 home runs. He became just the fourth player to win multiple MVPs before turning 30, joining the likes of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Alex Rodriguez.