Ohtani, baseball’s 2-way star, becomes first 2-time unanimous MVP

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani throws against the Detroit Tigers in the fourth inning during the first baseball game of a doubleheader July 27, 2023, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani smiles before a game Aug. 30 in Philadelphia. Ohtani won his second unanimous award Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

NEW YORK — Shohei Ohtani, who has captivated baseball with his unprecedented combination of high-level hitting and premium pitching, became the first two-time unanimous Most Valuable Player when he won the American League honor on Thursday.