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OC Register: Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout named among top 3 for major awards


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CARLSBAD — A pair of Angels are closing on major awards.

As expected, Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani were included among the top three finishers for the American League MVP and Rookie of the Year, respectively, when preliminary results were announced on Monday.

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America released the top finishers, in alphabetical order, as a prelude to next week’s announcement of the winners. The Rookie of the Year will be announced on Nov. 12 and the MVP on Nov. 15, both on MLB Network.

Voting was completed before the start of the postseason.

Trout, who has won the MVP twice and finished second three other times, will finish in the top three for the sixth time. His worst finish was in 2017, when he missed seven weeks of the season with an injury and finished fourth.

Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox and José Ramírez of the Cleveland Indians join Trout in the top three.

Ohtani is joined by New York Yankees teammates Miguel Andújar and Gleyber Torres in the race for the Rookie of the Year.

Ohtani is considered a slight favorite for the award. He’s already been named Rookie of the Year by Baseball America and Baseball Digest.

Ohtani hit .285 with 22 homers and a .925  OPS in 326 at-bats, including playing for a month after he was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament that temporarily halted his pitching career. Ohtani logged a 3.31 ERA in 51-2/3 innings as a pitcher.

Trout had arguably his best season, hitting .312 with 39 homers and a major-league leading 1.088 OPS, but it is likely that Betts will win the MVP. Betts finished just behind Trout in OPS, at 1.078, but he led the majors in WAR – according to Baseball-reference and FanGraphs – on the strength of his defense.

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