Shotime and Bryce, this year's MVPs

First time in 35 years, two non-postseason team players, Shohei Ohtani and Bryce Harper have won the Most Valuable Player award of their respective leagues.

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Angels all-around star Ohtani unanimous AL MVP as Phillies slugger Harper takes NL award

Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels was a single collective choice as the American League's Most Valuable Player for 2021, while Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies took home the National League award.

First time since 1987, neither league's Most Valuable Player performed in the postseason, but Ohtani and Harper were compensated for their overall dominance. 

The 27-year-old Ohtani charged baseball, including an all-around game not seen in the 100 years since Babe Ruth gave up pitching to focus on hitting full-time and was the runaway champion in deciding by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. 

Ohtani received all 30 first-place votes for a total of 420 points. Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. received all but one second-place vote as he compiled 269 points, and Marcus Semien of the Toronto Blue Jays was third with 232 points. Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (171 points) and Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros (163) were next in the voting. 

Ohtani hit .257 with 46 home runs and an MLB-leading eight triples and also stole 26 bases while posting a .865 on base plus slugging percentage (OPS).

He was also dominant at times as a pitcher, going 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 23 starts while striking out 156 in 130.1 innings. 

Harper received 348 points, taking 17 of the 30 first-place votes. Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals was second with 274 points and six first-place votes, while Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres was third with 244 points and two first-place votes.

Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants (213, four) and Trea Turner of the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers (185, one) rounded out the top five. 

Harper, 29, led the majors with a 1.044 OPS as he hit .309 with 35 home runs and an MLB-best 42 doubles.

He also won the NL MVP award in 2015 while playing for the Washington Nationals.