Shohei Ohtani missed nearly a month to close out the 2023 MLB season, but he still finished as the American League leader in home runs with 44.
The Los Angeles Angels (73-89) wrapped up their season on Sunday, October 1 with a 7-3 victory over the AL West rival Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium. It's the Angels' eighth straight losing season.
Ohtani didn't play a game after September 3 due to a right oblique strain.
The pride of Iwate Prefecture is the first Japanese MLB player to win the American League or National League home run crown.
Ohtani said it's a special distinction to be the first Japanese to achieve the feat.
"Thinking about the great Japanese players who have played in the major leagues until now, it's both humbling and a great honor. I'm grateful to my teammates and fans," Ohtani said in a statement, Kyodo News reported.
Adolis Garcia of the Texas Rangers finished second in the AL with 39 homers.
Shohei Ohtani: A Standout All-Around Season
In his sixth season with the Angels, Ohtani batted .304 (fourth-best average in the AL), scored 102 runs and had 95 RBIs. He also stole 20 bases and was No 1 in the AL in total bases (325) and on-base percentage (.412).
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Author: Ed Odeven