The Toronto Blue Jays first baseman was awarded as the best Dominican player of the 2021 season in the first edition of the awards
In the presence of multiple personalities related to Dominican baseball and the Big leagues The first edition of the Juan Marichal award was held, which recognizes the best Dominican player in the season of MLB. In this first opportunity, the winner was Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who had a highly outstanding season as one of the best hitters of the year along with Toronto blue jays.
With the legendary Dominican members of the Cooperstown Hall of Fame present, Juan Marichal, Pedro Martinez and of course, Vladimir Guerrero (father), formal recognition was made of what was an excellent season for the 22-year-old player.
Guerrero Jr. obtained 97 out of 100 first place votes for 594 points and thus surpassed Fernando Tatis Jr., shortstop of San Diego Padres and the gardener of Washington Nationals, Juan Soto. Tatis Jr. achieved two votes of first place and 55 of second for 326 points, while Soto it reached a vote of first place, 34 of second and 44 of third for 305 points.
Fifteen of 44 eligible players received votes for the Juan Marichal Award, which recognizes the most outstanding Dominican of the year in MLB. pic.twitter.com/IfXm2nrncK
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During the act, Juan Marichal took the words to recognize Guerrero Jr. “Vlady, sooner or later you’re going to get the MVP,” said the Hall of Fame member, and the only reason he didn’t win the award was because a phenomenon like Shohei ohtani. He also recognized the tools and talent of the young player and congratulated his father for having achieved so much as a professional and in his role as the trainer of such a talented player.
When taking the floor, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. indicated that this award is more important to him than the award of Most valuable Player, by the name it represents in the figure of Juan Marichal. He indicated that his mind is on winning the World Series and that the team is making every possible move for this to happen.
Guerrero Jr. batted .311 with 48 homers, 111 RBIs and 123 scored in a fabulous season that earned him one of the top nominees for the award Most valuable Player, coming second in the vote. He made it into the final weeks of the season looking to reach the triple batting crown and ended up leading the league in home runs, runs, OBP (.401) and slugging (.601).
It was announced that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. You will receive the trophy that recognizes you as the winner during the festivities of “Legends Day”Of Dominican baseball that will be held during the afternoon of this Sunday, December 5.
Acknowledgment to Albert Pujols
During the days leading up to the event, the award organizers recognized the future member of the Cooperstown Hall of Fame, Albert pujols, handing him a statuette. At the event, a video was shown in which the player thanked him for the consideration of awarding him.