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    Shohei Ohtani is the 2021 Sporting News Athlete of the Year

    Choosing an Athlete of the Year is often a daunting task. There’s just so much to consider: Which criteria do you use? Stats? Leadership? Off-field accomplishments? All? None? A subjective mix? And then, which stats matter most? Which ones are most impressive? Which sport presents the toughest challenges for its participants? Those are among the questions that require scrutiny most years, and they often produce hours of intense thought and debate. But other times, the answer is so clear that it seems silly to keep talking. 2021 was one of those years, and it’s all because of Shohei Ohtani. What the norm-slaying, jaw-dropping, quasi-superhero unanimous AL MVP did this year for the Angels, and…

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