Are too many people snoring on Shohei Ohtani’s nomination to be AL MVP? Are there too many people discussing it? Are the answers somewhere in between? Let’s figure out the issue.
When it is 2022’s American League Most Valuable Player award the most effective option is to take all the roads that lead toward Yankees slugger Aaron Judge. The pursuit to be part of the 60-homer club is extremely enjoyable and, in truth, being a bit sluggish currently, the Yankees support offensive team has to be working to his advantage.
In the game on Thursday, Judge is hitting .301/.407/.683 (205 OPS+) with 22 doubles 55 home runs, 118 RBI 16, 16 steals, 110 runs, and 8.6 WAR. He is the league leader in WAR, on-base percent, and slugging percentage. He also leads in OPS and OPS+ (205 to 176) Home runs (55 between 33 and 55), RBI, runs (110 to 85), and is within striking limits of the batting average. He is also the top player in extra-base hits, walks time on bases, and total bases, and you’ll get the idea.
In the meantime, the Yankees are currently in the top spot with the second-highest performance in the AL. Nearly every other baseball season in history, this could be an absolute blowout. It could be.
Do you think it is worth having to have a debate? There are two possible reasons to say yes. One is Judge’s historic season, and the other is Angels double-way player Ohtani.
I think it’s possible to divide this into three major points and then we’ll look at those below.
I’m not going to take the position of Aaron Judge or Shohei Ohtani in this discussion. I’ll try to draw an accurate image of the AL MVP debate. Yes, I’ll be sharing my thoughts and voicing my opinion on other issues, but not on whether I’d be voting for Ohtani as well as Judge to be the 2022 AL MVP.
We’ve heard every argument throughout the years, don’t we? It’s not just an argument that says the “value means the best player” aspect, and then there’s that “how valuable could he be if his team is terrible?” side, essentially.
The Angels are currently 60-77 and 28 games from the top spot in the AL West. They are just 18 games from a playoff position. There’s a perception that on one side of the “value” front that a player like Shohei Ohtani isn’t important to the Angels as they’re unlikely to even come close to securing an opportunity to play for a playoff position. Perhaps that feeling remains from the famous quote that was attributed to Branch Rickey in the direction of Ralph Kiner. “We finished last with you, we can finish last without you.”
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