NEW YORK, Oct. 28 – Shohei Ohtani was named overall Player of the Year and American League Outstanding Player and Marcus Semien received the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award in balloting for the 2021 Players Choice Awards presented by MLB The Show.
The late Mark Belanger, a longtime player advocate as an executive board member and the first former player hired to work for the union, is the 2021 recipient of the Curt Flood Award, which goes to “a former player, living or deceased, who in the image of Flood demonstrated a selfless, longtime devotion to the Players Association and advancement of Players' rights.”
In addition to Ohtani, AL players chose Robbie Ray as Outstanding Pitcher, Ryan Mountcastle as Outstanding Rookie and Trey Mancini as Comeback Player. National League players selected Bryce Harper as Outstanding Player, Max Scherzer as Outstanding Pitcher, Jonathan India as Outstanding Rookie and Buster Posey as Comeback Player.
The Players Choice Awards have special significance to players because the winners are chosen by their peers. This year’s balloting, presented by MLB The Show, took place throughout the major leagues in September. The winners were revealed today during the 6 p.m. ET ESPN SportsCenter.
Ohtani made history in July as the first player to be selected to the All-Star Game as a position player and a pitcher. He hit 46 home runs, drove in 100 runs and logged a .965 OPS as the Angels’ principal designated hitter while posting a 9-2 record with a 3.18 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 23 starts.