Shohei Ohtani, the first true two-way player in Major League Baseball in nearly a century, fielded another honor on Monday, being named the American League Rookie of the Year.
He’s the third Angel win that honor; Tim Salmon did in 1993 and Mike Trout in 2012. As a pitcher and designated hitter, Ohtani posted a 4-2 record with a 3.31 ERA, and hit .285 with 21 doubles, 22 home runs and 61 RBIs in a season shortened by injury.
In pitching in 10 games and hitting 20 home runs, he accomplished a feat done by no player since Babe Ruth in 1919 when playing for the Boston Red Sox.
Ducks edge Nashville in shootout
Rickard Rakell buried a shot in the shootout of Monday’s game against the Nashville Predators at Honda Center, lifting the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win over the visitors.
The victory gave the Ducks an 8-8-3 record worth 19 points and fourth place in the National Hockey League’s Pacific Division.
When that turned out scoreless, the contest went into the shootout and Rakell’s game-winner. John Gibson again starred in goal, notching 34 saves.
The Ducks are next in action on Wednesday, when they travel to Las Vegas to take on the Golden Knights (7-10-1) at 7:30 p.m.