Ronald Acuña Jr. was voted the MLB player of the year by his peers as well as the National League’s outstanding player at the annual Players Choice Awards of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Los Angeles Angels pitcher and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was voted the American League’s outstanding player.
Acuña made history this season by becoming the first player in the major leagues ever to reach 40 homers and 70 stolen bases in a single season. The Atlanta Braves right fielder hit .337 with 41 homers, 106 RBIs, and 73 stolen bases.
Other winners on the night include Marcus Semien, the second baseman of the World Series champion Texas Rangers, who won the Marvin Miller man of the year award for leadership and Phil Bradley, who won the Curt Flood Award for the advancement of players’ rights and devotion to the union.