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Two years later, Ohtani is once again Baseball America’s Major League Player of the Year after he managed to top his 2021 and 2022 seasons, despite missing almost the entire final month of the season with elbow and oblique injuries.
Ohtani turned in another transcendent season to win 2023 MLB Player of the Year honors.
Ohtani led the American League with 44 home runs, 78 extra-base hits, 325 total bases, a .412 on-base percentage and a .654 slugging percentage. He was fourth in the league with a .304 batting average. He also went 10-5, 3.14 on the mound in 132 innings pitched as he held opponents to a .184 batting average.
Ohtani also becomes only the fourth player to win two or more Baseball America’s MLB Player of the Year honors. Ohtani’s Angels’ teammate Mike Trout is a four-time winner. Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds each won the award three times. The Angels have now had six POY awardees between Trout and Ohtani.
Baseball America has awarded the Major League Player of the Year award since 1998. The award is given to one player across both the American and National League, and is chosen based on the individual player’s performance. While helping a team to the playoffs can help bolster a player’s case, outstanding players on poor teams are not penalized for their team’s lack of success.
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A complete list of past winners is included below.