It’s unanimous: Ohtani, Acuna win MVP awards

Alden Gonzalez, ESPN Staff WriterNov 16, 2023, 06:33 PM ET

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Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna Jr. were each named the Most Valuable Player of their respective leagues in unanimous fashion Thursday, an unprecedented occurrence in the 92-year history of the award.

Ohtani, a captivating free agent coming off another historic two-way season, also became the first player to win the award unanimously on two occasions, having done so in 2021. Corey Seager and Marcus Semien, the Texas Rangers‘ star middle infielders, finished second and third, respectively, in the American League.

Ohtani received all 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America even though he did not pitch for most of the last two months of the Los Angeles Angels‘ season.

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He celebrated by high-fiving a puppy that sat on his lap throughout the proceedings.

“Obviously I wanted to win it last year, but [Aaron] Judge had a spectacular season and, deservedly so, he won it,” Ohtani, speaking through an interpreter, told MLB Network shortly after Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson announced him as the AL MVP. “So

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