Venezuelan Ronald Acuña Jr. and the Japanese Shohei Ohtani were awarded the Rookie of the Year award in the National and American leagues, beginning firmly in the awards season of the recently concluded Major League Baseball (MLB) campaign.
In the old circuit Acuña Jr., left fielder of the Atlanta Braves, had no rivals, in a choice that was of no doubt for anyone.
The Venezuelan, teammate of the Panamanian Johan Camargo, obtained 27 votes to the first place and three ballots to the second to total 144 points, 55 more than those obtained by the Dominican Juan Soto, of the Washington Nationals.
For this result, Acuña left quite interesting numbers in the regular season, like a batting average of .290, with 26 homers, 64 RBIs and 78 runs scored. He was also one of the important pieces in the qualification of the Braves to the postseason.
In the American League there were no surprises either, since after his performance as a batter and as a pitcher, Japanese Shohei Ohtani, of the Los Angeles Angels, obtained all the ingredients to take the prize.
Ohtani, who finished the campaign with the aim of having Tommy John surgery, received 25 votes to the first place and four to the second, which added 137 points, surpassing Dominican Miguel Andújar and the Venezuelan Gleyber Torres, both of the New York Yankees, in the race.
The Japanese, teammate of pitcher Jaime Barria, stood out as a pitcher, with a record of four wins and two losses, with an Earned Run Average (ERA) percentage of 3.31, in addition to 63 strikeouts against 22 bases on balls.
But he also shone as a hitter, with a .285 average, with 22 homers, 61 RBIs and 59 runs scored.