MLB MVP and WBC Glory in the Same Year – Who Is the Only Other Player Standing Beside Shohei Ohtani in This Extraordinary Feat?

Published 11/18/2023, 8:31 AM EST

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The things that Shohei Ohtani achieved in 2023 are what baseball dreams are made of. First, he dominated the league in a way that only a few have done in their career. Then, he won the Silver Slugger and MVP award back to back this year. To top it all off, Ohtani also won the World Baseball Classic earlier this year. The question arises has any other player ever had a season even close to his? Has anyone ever won the WBC and the MVP award in the same year?

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WBC and MVP are two of the highest prizes that one can win in baseball. With the WBC beginning only in 2006, the number of winners is rather limited. Still, there is one player who has equaled the extraordinary achievement of Shohei Ohtani. 

One of the now-Yankees’ players won both WBC and MVP just like Shohei Ohtani

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New York Yankees player Giancarlo Stanton has achieved exactly this in 2017. His 2017 was one of the best seasons a player has had in the modern era. His achievements were thought to be close to impossible to match, but Ohtani may have exceeded them in 2023.

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Bigfoot in 2017 played for the Miami Marlins and hit 59 Home runs with an average of .281. With such humongous numbers, he became the MVP. He was also given the Silver Slugger Award and the league home run leader award. He also was a part of the USA team that ended up winning the WBC. Ohtani too has gotten all 4 of these awards, making their achievements eerily similar. But there is one big difference.

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While Stanton did win the WBC, he was not the MVP of the competition. That title went to Marcus Stroman. Ohtani, on the other hand, was the MVP of that tournament. Other than winning the World Series, the two-way phenom won nearly everything there is to win in baseball in 2023. So, what is Stanton currently up to?

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Giancarlo Stanton has found himself in a controversial situation without even saying a word this offseason. The Yankees GM Brian Cashman called him an ‘injury-prone’ player, going as far as to call injuries a part of his game, resulting in a slight loss of goodwill for the Yankees. “Cruz” has missed more than 50 games in three of his six seasons with the Bronx Bombers. And for five straight seasons, he has missed at least 20 games.

The 34-year-old is coming off of one of his career’s worst seasons. With the Yankees possibly trying to release him according to the NY Post, might be only a matter of when and not if he’ll find a new home. Though they may not do it this year, it may happen before his contract ends in 2027.

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While Ohtani who is 29 is looking to hit the gas as he tries to race towards the World Series. Will he succeed in 2024? He sure hopes he does as it’s the only part missing from his puzzle.

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Sanskar Dubey serves as an MLB writer at EssentiallySports, driven by his deep passion for sports that ultimately led him to the world of baseball. When the chance arose to join the EssentiallySports team, he eagerly seized it without hesitation. He loves to write for the sport at a time when there is a hot tussle between the National League and American League throughout the season.
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