October 10, 2023

2023 AL All-Star team

Has any player ever missed the last month of the season and won the MVP award?

Shohei Ohtani should.

The Angels designated hitter-pitcher dominated the American League again. Ohtani hit .304/.412/.654 with a league-leading 44 home runs and 102 runs. On the mound, he was 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA in 23 starts. He suffered an oblique strain on Sept. 3.

Ohtani is sui generis. He is unprecedented. He is my AL Player of the Year.

The Baltimore Orioles, with a league-best 101 wins, and the Tampa Bay Rays each placed three players on the AL All-Star team. The Rangers added two players and manager Bruce Bochy.
— Kevin Brewer


Best record >> Baltimore Orioles, 101-61

Worst record >> Oakland Athletics, 50-112

Home team >> Texas Rangers

Road team >> Houston Astros

Best offense >> Tampa Bay Rays

Best baserunning >> Baltimore Orioles

Best pitching >> Toronto Blue Jays

Best fielding >> Toronto Blue Jays


Catcher >> Adley Rutschman, Orioles

First base >> Yandy Diaz, Rays

Second base >> Marcus Semien, Rangers

Third base >> Jose Ramirez, Guardians

Shortstop >> Corey Seager, Rangers

Left field >> Randy Arozarena, Rays

Center field >> Julio Rodriguez, Mariners

Right field >> Kyle Tucker, Astros

Designated hitter >> Shohei Ohtani, Angels

Starting pitchers >> Gerrit Cole, Yankees

>> Sonny Gray, Twins
>> Kevin Gausman, Blue Jays
>> Kyle Bradish, Orioles
>> Zach Eflin, Rays

Reliever >> Felix Bautista, Orioles

>> Chris Martin, Red Sox

Manager >> Bruce Bochy, Rangers

Toughest omission >> Luis Robert Jr., White Sox


Player of the Year >> Shohei Ohtani, Angels

Rookie of the Year >> Gunnar Henderson, Orioles

Best hitter >> Shohei Ohtani, Angels

Best baserunner >> Esteury Ruiz, Athletics

Best fielder >> Daulton Varsho, Blue Jays

Power/speed >> Bobby Witt Jr., Rangers

Five-tool player >> Shohei Ohtani, Angels

Pitcher of the Year >> Gerrit Cole, Yankees

Workhouse >> Gerrit Cole, Yankees

Workhouse (reliever) >> Matt Brash, Mariners

Strikeout pitcher >> Kevin Gausman, Blue Jays

Strikeout pitcher (reliever) >> Felix Bautista, Orioles

Control pitcher >> George Kirby, Mariners

Control pitcher (reliever) >> Chris Martin, Red Sox

First game >> Tanner Bibee, Guardians

Last game >> Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

Highest-paid players >> Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, $43.3 million

No-hitters >> Framber Valdez, Astros

>> Matt Manning, Jason Foley, Alex Lange, Tigers

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