This award was created to “recognize accomplishments and contributions of historical significance to the game.” It is not handed out every year; the last time the award was granted was in 2014.
“Shohei Ohtani’s 2021 season will be remembered forever,” said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. “His all-around excellence captured imaginations across the globe and demonstrated the greatness of our game.”
As a designated hitter/pitcher, Ohtani became the first player in MLB history to be an all-star playing two positions. At the plate, Ohtani recorded a .257/.372/.592 slash line with 103 runs scored, 26 doubles, eight triples, 46 home runs, 100 RBI, 96 walks, 26 stolen bases and a .965 OPS. On the mound, the 27-year-old posted a 9-2 record with a 3.18 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 23 starts.
Ohtani is the 16th recipient of the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award.