Ohtani Named Player of the Month for Second Straight Season…MLB “No Surprise”

Shohei Ohtani (29-LA Angels, pictured) has been named the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) Player of the Month for the second consecutive season.Ohtani was named the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) for July, as announced by MLB Network on Wednesday.

It’s the second consecutive month he’s been honored, following his MVP honors in June. It is the fourth time in his career that Ohtani has earned monthly MVP honors.

In July, Ohtani led the team at the plate with a .282 batting average and nine home runs in 23 games. His OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) reached 1.152. On the mound, Ohtani made four starts and went 2-2 with a 4.97 ERA in 25.1 innings pitched.

“Ohtani’s award is well-deserved,” said MLB.com, “and his unbelievable performance continued in July.”

Ohtani batted second in the lineup against Atlanta, going 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, a run batted in and a walk. He raised his season batting average to .307. However, the Angels went 5-12.

The National League (NL) Monthly MVP went to Chicago Cubs outfielder Cody Bellinger, 28. He batted .400 with eight home runs and 24 RBIs for the month. This is the first time Bellinger has won the monthly MVP award since April 2019. Bellinger, who won the NL MVP in 2019 but was subsequently released by the Los Angeles Dodgers due to an extreme slump, has certainly bounced back this season.메이저놀이터

The AL Pitcher of the Month was right-hander Tyler Glasnow, 29, of Tampa Bay, and the NL Pitcher of the Month was Milwaukee right-hander Corbin Burns, 28.

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