In a unique quirk honoring a one-on-a-kind player, Shohei Ohtani made the All-MLB first and second teams.
The Los Angeles Angels star was selected to the first team as a designated hitter and to the second team as a starting pitcher in honors revealed Tuesday based on voting of fans, media members, ex-players and baseball officials.
Ohtani, previously selected the American League’s Most Valuable Player, batted .257 with 46 homers and 100 RBIs. On the mound, he went 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 130 1/3 innings.
The Toronto Blue Jays were the lone club to have three players make first-time All-MLB: first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., second baseman Marcus Semien and starting pitcher Robbie Ray, the AL Cy Young Award winner.
The first team included two Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers (starters Walker Buehler and Max Scherzer) and two Milwaukee Brewers pitchers (National League Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes and reliever Josh Hader). The New York Yankees had outfielder Aaron Judge and pitcher Gerrit Cole make the top team.
Rounding out the first team were Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper (the NL MVP), Washington Nationals outfielder Shohei Ohtani and Chicago White Sox reliever Liam Hendriks.
The second team featured three members of the World Series champion Braves — first baseman Freddie Freeman, second baseman Ozzie Albies and starting pitcher Max Fried — and three members of the Dodgers — shortstop Trea Turner, starting pitcher Julio Urias and reliever Kenley Jansen.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, who retired after the season, made the All-MLB second team. Rounding out the second team were Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos, Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker and designated hitter Yordan Alvarez, Giants starting pitcher Kevin Gausman, Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and Angels reliever Raisel Iglesias.