As president and CEO of a Dallas, Texas-based consulting firm, Randall "Randy" Blum provides a range of services to Fortune 500 corporations, including mid-level manager training and advice to boost millennial employee productivity. When he isn't working, Randall 'Randy' Blum enjoys following Major League Baseball (MLB).
The 2021 MLB World Series began on October 26, and commissioner Rob Manfred celebrated the occasion by awarding Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim two-way star Shohei Ohtani with the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award. The 27-year-old Japanese pitcher and designated hitter is only the 16th recipient of the award since its creation in 1998, and the first since 2014, when it was given to broadcaster Vin Scully and New York Yankees player Derek Jeter. Other recipients include Ichiro Suzuki, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Barry Bonds.
Although the Angels failed to make the playoffs, Ohtani was one of the most impactful players in the league. He's the favorite to win the American League (AL) MVP and was the MLB's first two-way star in more than 100 years.
As a hitter, Ohtani recorded 46 home runs, 100 RBI, and a .257 batting average. He also led the MLB in triples (eight) and intentional walks (20). The former AL Rookie of the Year was equally successful on the mound. He posted a win-loss record of 9-2 as a pitcher. Moreover, he allowed only 98 hits and struck out 156 batters through 130 and 1/3 innings pitched.
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