Shohei Ohtani Makes History with Third Consecutive Major League Top Designated Hitter Award
Shohei Ohtani was awarded the best designated hitter in the MLB on Thursday, only the second player to win this award three years in a row after David Ortiz. He was honored with the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award for his remarkable performance with 44 homers, an AL-high batting average of .304, 96 RBIs, eight triples, and 20 stolen bases. Ohtani’s season was disrupted on September 3 due to an oblique injury. Despite this, he also showcased his prowess as a two-way star, achieving a 10-5 record with a 3.14 ERA in 23 starts as a pitcher, before an injury to his right elbow ended his season. This victory places Ohtani alongside Ortiz, who held the DH award for five consecutive years from 2003-2007.
Ohtani outperformed other notable players including Marcell Ozuna, Yordan Alvarez, Bryce Harper, and J.D. Martinez in the voting process, ultimately becoming the first two-time unanimous MVP following his AL win in 2021 and this year. Both Ohtani and Martinez are now free agents after the conclusion of the World Series.