Ohtani earns All-MLB Team honours as starting pitcher and designated hitter

Ohtani earns All-MLB Team honours as starting pitcher and designated hitter
18/12/2023
The All-MLB Team features three players born outside the United States and four international baseball stars. Ohtani and fellow MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. received the Hank Aaron Award.

Two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani is not done with collecting awards. The 2015 WBSC Premier12 hero and World Baseball Classic MVP earned All-MLB Team honours at two positions: starting pitcher and designated hitter.

The first All-MLB Team features two other players born outside the United States, outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. (Venezuela) and relief pitcher Felix Bautista (Dominican Republic).

Four players have experienced international baseball. First baseman Freddie Freeman, who holds dual citizenship, represented Canada in the World Baseball Classic 2017. He also became the only player to appear in the All-World Team in every edition of the award.

Outfielder Corbin Carroll helped the United States win gold at the 2018 Pan American Games. Right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole represented the United States at the 2010 World University Championship. Left-handed reliever Josh Hader helped the United States win a silver medal in the 2015 Pan American Games.

Ohtani and Acuña, the American League and National League MVPs, were also honoured as the Hank Aaron Award recipients.