Ohtani Receives Rookie Award

Ohtani receives Rookie award

Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani has expressed his gratitude to his team after receiving the American League Rookie of the Year.

Ohtani attended the awards ceremony in New York on Saturday, along with last season's MVP winners -- Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox and Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ohtani received a plaque and then delivered a speech in English for about two minutes to about 800 people in the audience.

Ohtani said it is an honor to share the stage with great players. He thanked the Angels staff for always making him comfortable.

Ohtani said his parents came all the way from Japan to attend the ceremony, prompting a big round of applause from the audience.

Laughter erupted when he concluded his speech by saying, "Hopefully, I will not need this cheat sheet the next time I'm up here."

Ohtani is currently in rehabilitation after undergoing right-elbow surgery last October. He will join his team's camp in mid-February and will only play as a batter in the coming season.