Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani made history again on October 26th after an already record-breaking season securing Major League Baseball’s Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award for his two-way performance.
Commissioner Rob Manfred delivered the award for the first time during his tenure at the helm prior to game 1 of the World Series. The award is reserved for players whose accomplishments are “of historical significance to the game.”
Ohtani is the 16th recipient of the honor, with 46 home runs, 100 RBIs and 26 stolen bases this season. In 23 starts on the mound, he was 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA while striking out 156 batters. “This award is not given out every year, so I know how special it is,” Ohtani said through an interpreter.