Shohei Ohtani, a remarkable Major League Baseball player known for his exceptional skills in both pitching and hitting, clinched the American League Most Valuable Player award for the second time, receiving all 30 first-place votes despite encountering injuries that shortened his 2023 season.

Being likened to legendary player Babe Ruth due to his dual capabilities, Ohtani showcased an impressive performance for the Los Angeles Angels, leading the AL with 44 home runs, 20 stolen bases, and 95 RBIs. Despite his pitching season being curtailed in August due to a torn ligament in his right elbow and a subsequent side strain ending his season in September, Ohtani demonstrated his prowess with a 3.14 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 23 starts. Expressing his desire to win after finishing second in the previous year’s voting, Ohtani conveyed through an interpreter, “My goal was to try to come out on top.” His achievement was also acknowledged in Japan, where he commenced his professional career, with the government spokesperson, Hirokazu Matsuno, showing admiration and excitement for Ohtani’s success. Meanwhile, in the National League, Ronald Acuna of the Atlanta Braves emerged victorious as the Most Valuable Player, securing a unanimous vote victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman. Acuna’s exceptional performance included leading the NL with 149 runs, 217 hits, and 73 stolen bases, contributing significantly to the Braves’ impressive 104 wins. This marked the first time in BBWAA history that both leagues’ MVP winners were unanimously chosen in the same year, showcasing the exceptional talent and impact of these players in the 2023 MLB season.