NEW YORK.- Ronald Acuña Jr. He was proclaimed the best player of the year in the Big leagues by the magazine Baseball Digest y eBay after a season in which he hit 41 home runs and stole 73 bases for the Atlanta Braves.
The Venezuelan outfielder surpassed Shohei Ohtaniwho stands out as a hitter and pitcher with the Los Angeles Angels. The Japanese star was unable to play after September 3 due to injuries.
Gerrit Colethe ace of the New York Yankees, was selected the best pitcher of the year. The Dominican Felix Bautistacloser of the Orioles de Baltimorewas consecrated as the best reliever.
The winners were announced on Tuesday.
Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. (13) watches his hit during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, May 2, 2023, in Miami.
AP Photo/Marta Lavandier
Acuña received 13 first-place votes in voting by a panel of 23 baseball journalists and commentators. including several former players, managers and executives.
Ohtani got nine votes as first, and the other went to Mookie Bettsthe patrolman of the Los Angeles Dodgerswho came third.
The La Sabana native hit .337 and led the National League with an OPS of 1.012. He led the majors in hits (217), runs scored (149), on-base percentage (.416), total bases (383) and steals. He was fundamental for the Bravos, champions of the Eastern Division of the National Leaguethey finished with the best record in the majors at 104-58.
A historical Acuña:
At 25 years old, Acuña not only became the first player in the majors with 40 home runs and 70 stealsbut he is also the only member of the 30-60 club.
Cole posted a 15-4 record and a 2.63 ERA, the lowest in the American League. He totaled 222 strikeouts in 209 innings. He was first on 19 ballots and became the first pitcher of the Yankees who wins the prize.
Blake Snell He finished second after going 14-9 with a 2.25 ERA, the best in the majors. He had 234 strikeouts in 180 innings for the San Diego Padres.
Award and farewell:
Bautista got 13 votes as first. His record was 8-2, with a 1.48 ERA and 33 saves in 39 opportunities for the Orioles de Baltimore, AL East champions. He struck out 110 of 237 batters faced. But the right-hander will miss the playoffs and perhaps the entire 2024 season after undergoing surgery to repair an elbow injury he suffered in late August.
Devin Williamscloser of the Milwaukee Brewersobtained six votes for first and followed Bautista.
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