Toronto Blue Jays Star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Still Feels Bothered by Shohei Ohtani Unanimously Winning MVP in 2021

Published 03/25/2022, 3:02 PM EDT
Sep 7, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) reacts after losing his bat on a swing against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 season was eventful, to say the least, and so was the beginning of the new season. But after several ups and down, fans now wait for the season to kick-start, having more or less moved on from the happenings that grabbed world headlines. However, unlike fans, Toronto Blue Jas star, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., seems to be stuck in the past.

Notably, in 2021, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a sensational season for the Jays. Hence, deservingly so, he was one of the top candidates to win the MLB’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. But, given Shohei Ohtani’s all-around performance throughout the season, he took home the honor.

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Now, with the next season is on the cards, Guerrero has blasted over MLB for not even considering him for the MVP. Not to mention, Ohtani was unanimously named the MVP in 2021.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. feels Shohei Ohtani shouldn’t have won the MVP unanimously in 2021

The new season is just a few days away from its commencement. However, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is trying is still trying to recover from his 2022 MVP loss. Recently, Guerrero expressed his disappointment with the result and how the voting took place.

Sep 6, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien (10) is greeted by first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

According to an MLB insider, Hector Gomez, Vladdy said that the voters should’ve considered his performance too while voting for Ohtani. Though Vladdy admitted that he knew Ohtani was the clear winner, he felt bothered that no one voted for him.

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“I knew I wasn’t going to win the MVP, but it bothered me that they (voters) wouldn’t have given me a point for first place. I knew Ohtani was going to win it. But not that it would be unanimous,” said Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Notably, during the 2021 season, Guerrero hit a record 48 home runs. As for Ohtani, he hit 46 home runs, but he also struck out 156 batters and stole 26 bases. And considering his all-around performance, there was no debate over Ohtani winning the MVP in 2021.

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Now, with the season starting on April 7th, and both being fit, it’ll be interesting to see who will be winning the MVP in 2022. Do you agree with Vladdy and his thoughts over the 2021 MVP result?

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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