Denver – The Japanese Shuhei Ohtani He was the winning bowler, but he was the Dominican Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who scored a major home run in a 5-2 MLS win over the National League on Tuesday at Coorsfield, the most valuable player (MVP) in the 2021 MLS All-Star Game.
“I am so happy and honored,” Guerrero said, receiving a token bat from Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. “Being here is the dream of all the players, but it is beyond my expectations,” he added.
Guerrero, 22, is the eighth Dominican player to win the MVP Cup in a mid-season classic and the first since Robinson Canó in 2017. Although the All-Star Game has existed since 1933, a participant has not been announced. Most prominent until 1968.
The other Nationals who won the title were Milky Cabrera (2012), Miguel Tejada (2005), Alfonso Soriano (2004), Pedro Martinez (1999), Julio Franco (1990) and Juan Marechal (1965).
The first Toronto Blue Jays player, Guerrero Jr., hit 468 feet across the center field against the right hand. Corbin Burnsof the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning and finished his first All-Star game, going 3 for 1 with two RBIs.
His home run was, in addition to being the longest of his career, number 200 in All-Star Game history.
The first home run of an All-Star game, played by the legendary Babe Ruth, for the American League, against Bill Hallahan, of the National League, in the third inning of the first edition of the competition, on Thursday, July 6, 1933 at Comiskey Park of Chicago.
The exciting Los Angeles Angels batsman went 2-0 as a designated batsman but made a goalless run with 14 shots, including the fastest time of the night (100.2 mph) to score on his debut in the competition.
Burns, who could not avoid the eighth loss in a row, was the loser.
Guerrero Jr., whose father of the same name had a career that ended with a plaque in the Cooperstown Hall of Fame, also smashed another book into another page of the record by smashing it in front of a crowd of 50,000 fans. Colorado Rockies.
The Guerrero family is the third father-son pair to hit the house at the All-Star Game. Guerrero Sr. did this in the 2006 classic, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Bobby (1973), Barry Bonds (1998 and 2002), Ken Griffy (1980) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1992) were the other two groups.
It was Guerrero Jr. The best hitter in baseball in the first three months of the current season, and his third in the Major Leagues. The strong right-hander leads the MLB in hitting (.332), RBIs (73), OBP (.430) and OPS (1,089) and is second in home runs (28).
But Ohtani, who leads the majors with 33 points at home and also started in 13 games as a kicker, is slightly ahead of Guerrero Jr in polls for the potential AL Most Valuable Player winner.
“Ohtani does his job and I do my own thing. Guerrero Jr. said.
About receiving the highest number of All-Star Game votes and winning the MVP award, he said, “Thanks to the fans. It means a lot to me.”
“I voted for Otani to win the MVP award, but I’m glad I won,” Guerrero said. “Ohtani is a foreigner and this is not normal,” he added.