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Angels star player Shohei Ohtani won the AL MVP award last season after hitting 46 home runs, driving in 100 RBI, and securing a 3.18 ERA in 23 starts on the mound.

Will the Japanese sensation make it two in a row this year?

View the latest MLB AL MVP odds, get a breakdown of top contenders, and learn about past winners of this coveted individual player award.

AL MVP: The Preseason Favorites

Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels)

Last season, Ohtani pitched 130 innings with a 9-2 record and 3.18 ERA and hit 46 homers over 158 games – an unbelievable feat in the modern game. Therefore, it was unsurprising to see Ohtani win the AL MVP in 2021, despite the Angels having an average season.

Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)

Although the three-time AL MVP winner (2014, 2016, and 2019) missed most of last season and struggled to find his form because of a calf injury, he looks fully recovered. Many consider Trout the best player in the world. Therefore, if he stays healthy, he could mount an impressive comeback story and get his hands on the MVP award for the fourth time this year.

Vlad Guerrero Jr (Toronto Blue Jays)

Had Ohtani not put up such shocking numbers last year, Guerrero Jr would have likely won MVP last season. The slugger hit .311 with a 1.002 OPS and 48 HRs last season. As the Dominican–Canadian is only 22, expect him to do even better this year.

Who Decides the MLB AL MVP Winner?

Members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America cast votes to decide the MVP winner for both leagues (National League and American League). The association consists of baseball journalists for daily newspapers, magazines, and qualifying websites.

Top statistical accomplishments are the biggest determining factor. However, many voters also cast their vote by deciding which players have been the “most valuable” to their teams.

Two members from each MLB city are put forth by their local chapter chairman before the national secretary-treasurer grants them membership.

Journalists can only vote for players that belong to the league in which their city’s team plays. MVP ballots have 10 spots that must be cast before the postseason. Votes are counted using a point system based on which spot a player occupies on a ballot.

A first-place vote is 14 points. The following spots descend in value from nine points to one.

Top statistical accomplishments are the biggest determining factor. However, many voters also cast their vote by deciding which players have been the “most valuable” to their teams.

Additionally, local biases and a player’s public image can also play a role – so keep this in mind before betting on the MLB MVP award.

MVP Betting: Past Winners

Shohei Ohtani broke season records to win the AL MVP honors last season. The Angels slugger and pitcher became the first player in MLB history to get at least 30 home runs and make at least 10 pitching appearances in the same season.

The 60-game 2020 MLB season saw Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu upset his +600 opening odds to become AL MVP Abreu.

Opening Odds of Past Ten MLB AL MVP Winners

MVP preseason betting odds were available at Bovada
Year AL MVP Winner Opening Odds
2021 Shohei Ohtani (LAA) +1500
2020 Jose Abreu (CHW) +6000
2019 Mike Trout (LAA) +125
2018 Mookie Betts (BOS) +2500
2017 Jose Altuve (HOU) +1200
2016 Mike Trout (LAA) +160
2015 Josh Donaldson (TOR) +1600
2014 Mike Trout (LAA) +500
2013 Miguel Cabrera (DET) +700
2012 Miguel Cabrera (DET) +900
2011 Justin Verlander (DET) +7500

AL MVP Winners: Playing Positions

playing positions of past Winners
Position Number of MVP Winners
Outfield 33
First Base 15
Pitcher 13
Shortstop 9
Catcher 8
Third Base 8
Second Base 5
Designated Hitter 1

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Frequently Asked Questions


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  • Who won the MLB AL MVP in 2021?

    Japanese player Shohei Ohtani secured the AL MVP award in 2021 by hitting 46 home runs, driving in 100 RBI, and putting up a 3.18 ERA in 23 starts.

  • Who's the opening favorite to win AL MVP in 2022?

    Vegas oddsmakers have made last year's AL MLB MVP the opening favorite to win the award for the second time. Los Angeles teammate is close behind in second on the opening odds table.

  • Which team has had the most MLB AL MVP winners?

    The New York Yankees have fielded the most MLB AL MVP winners at 20. In second place with 13 are the Detroit Tigers, Oakland A’s, and Boston Red Sox.