All-MLB Team DH Nominees Analysis for 2021


Voting for the 2021 All-MLB team presented by Cue Health is ongoing, and you can help decide which players will be honored as the best of the regular season in each position, with 50% of the votes coming from fans and 50%. coming from a panel of experts.

You can vote here, and you can continue to do so once every 24 hours by the end of the Friday vote at 5 p.m. ET. The 2021 All-MLB squad will be announced on November 23 on MLB Network. There will be a first team and a second All-MLB team, and voters are urged to only consider performances during the regular season when voting.

The nominees for each position have been revealed on MLB Network, and five designated hitters are to be considered for the 2021 All-MLB squad, although only two may be selected.

Here’s a breakdown of each of the All-MLB Designated Hitting Candidates.

Yordan Alvarez, Astros
Statistics 2021: .277 AVG, 33 HR, 104 RBI, 1 SB, .877 OPS

After missing most of 2020 with knee injuries, Alvarez was back to his potent ways in 21 for the Astros. His slugging percentage of 0.531 ranked second among DH behind Shohei Ohtani, as did his WAR of 3.7, according to FanGraphs. Alvarez also carried his strength into the playoffs, winning ALCS MVP honors as the Astros beat the Red Sox.

Nelson Cruz, Rays
Statistics 2021: .265 AVG, 32 HR, 86 RBI, 3 SB, .832 OPS

Cruz’s push to 500 career home runs continued in 2021, a season in which he turned 41. He’s 449 home runs which may seem quite a long way off the 500 mark, but consider the fact that Cruz has scored 233 home runs since he was 35, the third in MLB history behind Barry Bonds (340) and Henry. Aaron (245). . Cruz showed no signs of slowing down, including in 21, when he hit 32 home runs to mark his eighth season with at least 30 home runs.

JD Martinez, Red Sox
Statistics 2021: .286 AVG, 28 HR, 99 RBI, 0 SB, .867 OPS

After posting his lowest OPS since 2013 in the shortened 2020 season, Martinez rebounded significantly for the Red Sox in ’21. He led the Majors with 42 doubles, which was also a career high. He was an All-Star for the third consecutive season the event took place (outside of 2020), and hit more than 25 home runs for the sixth time in his career.

Shohei Ohtani, the angels
Statistics 2021: .257 AVG, 46 HR, 100 RBI, 26 SB, .965 OPS

Ohtani really did it all in 2021, but keep in mind he’s considered in two places on this ballot – as the designated hitter, here, for his performance at home, and as the starting pitcher. , below among the choices of each voter. happens to do. His 46 home runs placed third in the Majors behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (48) and Salvador Perez (48), which is all the more impressive considering the fact that those home runs occurred between – and during – departures on the mound. His stolen basic prowess is also worth noting. Ohtani 26 ranked eighth in MLB and also represented the most by any hitter with at least 40 home runs this year.

Stanton played 139 games for the Yankees in 2021, his record since 18, his first year in New York. With that, he showed just how much power he can provide the Yankees when they’re healthy, hitting .516, his best mark since his 2017 MVP campaign with the Marlins. Stanton was hit at 122.2 mph on August 9, extending his personal best to have the hardest hit ball hit in each individual season tracked by Statcast (since 2015).


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