Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani narrowly missed out on a repeat Most Valuable Player Award, but he was named to the 2022 All-MLB Team on Monday, joining his teammate Mike Trout with the honor.
For the second straight year, Ohtani made the list as both a pitcher (First Team All-MLB) and as a hitter (Second Team All-MLB). He’s been an All-MLB Team selection four times in his career, which is tied with Los Angeles Dodgers first basemen Freddie Freeman, who has been selected in all four years of voting for this honor.
Trout was selected for the third time in the four seasons of voting, previously winning in 2019 and 2020.
Ohtani hit .273/.356/.519 with 34 homers, 30 doubles, 11 stolen bases, and 95 RBIs in 157 games, and on the mound, he went 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA and 219 strikeouts over 166 innings in 28 starts this season.
He joined Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara, Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah, and Houston Astros teammates Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez as the other members of the First Team starting pitchers.
Ohtani finished behind the Astros’ Yordan Alvarez for First Team designated hitter, but he was named the winner of the Edgar Martínez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award.
Trout was selected after hitting .283/.369/.630 with 40 home runs, 28 doubles, 80 RBI, 85 runs scored and a 176 wRC+ in 119 games. He joined Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts and New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge as the First Team outfield selections.
The All-MLB teams were determined with a 50/50 vote from both fans and a panel of experts after nominees were announced in early November.
The Astros had a Major League-leading four first-team selections, and a Major League-high six selections across both teams, while the Angels and Dodgers each had two first-team honorees. The Dodgers led the NL with five players selected across both teams, while the Angels, Mets, Phillies and Cardinals each had three selections across the two teams.
Twelve of the 32 All-MLB Team selections (37.5%) hail from countries outside the 50 United States, while six of the 32 selections (18.8%) are players age 25-or-younger.
New Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe thinks ‘it’s pretty special’ sharing field with Mike Trout & Shohei Ohtani
The Angels added Hunter Renfroe early in the offseason thanks to general manager Perry Minasian and his aggressive approach to bolster the roster in multiple aspects. With the move, the team added another big power bat to stand alongside Trout and Ohtani.
Between the three, they slugged 103 home runs. If Minasian is able to see that level of production, it will be a solid baseline for the Angels’ offense. That doesn’t include Anthony Rendon, Jared Walsh, and Taylor Ward, who figure to get in on the power parade.
With Trout and Ohtani representing two of the best players in MLB, Renfroe has a lot to be amped about as he joins the club.
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