Shohei Ohtani Named “OVERALL” Hickok Belt® Award Winner for 2021

ROCHESTER, NY – Shohei Ohtani, designated hitter and outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels,has been named the Hickok Belt® Award “overall” winner for the 2021 year. Voting wasconducted by a select panel of members of the National Sports Media Association (NSMA). The27 year old, nicknamed “Shotime,” is in his fifth major league season with the Los AngelesAngels. The voters selected Ohtani after the newest baseball phenom posted one of the bestyears of his career. He is the first player since the legendary Babe Ruth to start a game on themound leading the American League in home runs. On June 23, 2021 he became the firstpitcher to hit for himself with the designated hitter rule in effect. This is the first time in probaseball history that the American League did not use a DH when the National League usedone. Ohtani is the first player ever to be selected an All-Star game player, both as a positionplayer and pitcher. The greatest force the sport of baseball has ever seen since Babe Ruth,Shohei Ohtani richly deserves the Hickok Belt® Award “overall” winner prize for the 2021 year.

Other finalists for the “overall” award included each of the 2021 Hickok Belt® Award monthlywinners, who finished in the following order, based on the NSMA voting: Joe Burrow – Football(December), Patrick Mahomes – Football (January), Phil Mickelson – Golf (May), EmmaRaducanu – Tennis (September), Eddie Rosario – Baseball (October), Naomi Osaka – Tennis(February), Hideki Matsuyama – Golf (April), Caeleb Dressel – Swimming (July) and Athing Mu -Track & Field (August).

“This is the beginning of a very exciting career for Shohei Ohtani,” said Tony Liccione of theHickok Belt® Award. “His selection recognizes Ohtani as the “best of the best” in professionalsports for the 2021 year. Look for Shohei Ohtani to set more records this upcoming season.”