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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Shohei Ohtani experiment isn’t just working—it’s been perfect

Hardly anything has ever worked as well as the Ohtani experiment has so far. Pitching in the Los Angeles Angels’ six-man starting rotation, Ohtani has made seven starts and the Angels are 6-1 in those games; playing three or four days a week as the club’s DH, he has batted 90 times and outhit everybody on the team except Mike Trout. Short stretches of baseball are inherently inconclusive, but we can now say Ohtani is certainly one of the 50 best pitchers in the world, probably one of the 30 best, plausibly one of the 10 best, and there’s an outside chance, a glimmer of hope, a faint possibility he’s actually the best pitcher in the world and we’re just waiting to find that out. And we can almost say the same about him as a hitter.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 23, 2018 at 02:51 AM | 55 comment(s)
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Monday, May 14, 2018

A walk-off win at Angel Stadium, another Sunday with Shohei Ohtani

Scioscia has refrained from using Ohtani the days directly before and after his starts and the player said his has physically responded well to the schedule.
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His condition has made the Angels wonder if it’s possible for them to get more out of him, with Scioscia already saying he will likely pitch once every six days at some point this season.

“In the big picture of where I think we will need to be with our rotation, it’s going to be very helpful if he can come back and pitch on that sixth day,” Scioscia said.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 14, 2018 at 03:15 AM | 42 comment(s)
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Monday, April 09, 2018

How I was wrong about Shohei Ohtani

Maybe Spring Training isn’t a big enough sample. Of course, neither is ten games.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2018 at 09:32 AM | 49 comment(s)
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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Shohei Ohtani was nearly perfect in his home pitching debut | LA Times

The Angels sold out. They sold 44,742 tickets, more than for opening day, more than for any regular-season day game since they downsized their stadium 20 years ago.

What could be more dramatic than Ohtani hitting a home run in his first at-bat at Angel Stadium? How about pitching a perfect game in his first start at Angel Stadium?

Ohtani very nearly did, nearly enough to get the crowd cheering in anticipation of third strikes in the fifth and sixth innings. With one out in the seventh, when Marcus Semien ended the perfect game by slapping a 96-mph fastball into left field, the crowd rose and rewarded Ohtani with a warm ovation.


Friday, April 06, 2018

The One Baseball’s Been Waiting For | ESPN Mag

Ohtani’s new teammates keep their observations light, their words like stones skipping across a flat lake. The team has erected a fortress of positivity around Ohtani, and when he warms up in Oakland before his first start, the metaphor becomes literal: A total of eight teammates and coaches stand behind the bullpen mound.

Another long think piece on Shohei Ohtani. Interesting reading, but after another 4500 words, I still know little more about Ohtani than I did before. The guy’s a total sphinx.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 06, 2018 at 01:57 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, japan, shohei ohtani

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Shohei Ohtani belts first major league homer in Angels’ victory | OC Register

Your daily Shohei update.

Just over 48 hours after Ohtani The Pitcher had a breakthrough performance, Ohtani The Hitter delivered a three-run homer as part of three-hit game.

Ohtani pitched six innings to pick up the victory on Sunday, retiring 14 of the last 15 hitters after all three runs came on one bad pitch.

Then on Tuesday, in his first game at Angel Stadium, he belted a homer and then blistered two other singles. He’s now 4 for 9 in two games as the team’s designated hitter.


Monday, April 02, 2018

What we learned about Ohtani’s arm in first start

His stuff is impressive.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2018 at 12:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Sunday, April 01, 2018

Shohei Ohtani picks up victory for Angels in his mound debut | OC Register

OAKLAND — Just like Shohei Ohtani and the Angels had been saying all along, spring training means nothing.

A rough spring had prompted plenty of questions about the Japanese superstar’s readiness for the majors, but his performance in his first outing as a big league pitcher no doubt eased many concerns from outside the organization.

Ohtani pitched six innings in the Angels’ 7-4 victory over the Oakland A’s on Sunday afternoon, completing his historic season-opening series.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 01, 2018 at 07:26 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: #bandwagon, angels, shohei ohtani

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Shohei Ohtani, Angels undaunted by rocky spring | USA Today

Ohtani will be on the Angels’ opening-day roster, two high-ranking Angels executives told USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity since no roster decisions need to be revealed until March 29. He’s tentatively scheduled to pitch their third game of the season, March 31, against the Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. He also is scheduled to be in their opening-day lineup as their starting DH.

Ohtani’s roster spot will come in spite of his unsightly 16.20 ERA in two spring-training games, an exhibition against the Tijuana Toros and one minor-league game - yielding 15 earned runs and 18 hits in 8 1/3 innings. He has been worse at the plate, hitting .111 with three singles in 28 at-bats, snapping a 0-for-14 skid on Tuesday with a single to left field.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: March 21, 2018 at 03:55 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Another rough day for Shohei Ohtani prompts more questions for Angels | OC Register

Scioscia said they aren’t yet sure when Ohtani’s next start would be. Assuming five or six days rest, the schedule he’s been on all spring, that would be either next Thursday or Friday.

It’s also possible he could pitch in a minor league game so they can ensure he gets up to the 90 pitches he needs to start the season. Ohtani threw only 50 pitches in Friday’s game, then went down to the bullpen for another three innings worth of work, Scioscia said.

Ohtani has now pitched in four games, the first three against mostly minor league hitters. All told, he’s recorded 25 outs in the games, allowing 18 hits and four homers. He has given up 17 runs (15 earned). He is also 2 for 20 in big league exhibitions as a hitter.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: March 17, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 71 comment(s)
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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Scouts: Shohei Ohtani not MLB ready offensively

“He’s basically like a high school hitter because he’s never seen a good curveball,” the scout said. “He’s seen fastballs and changeups. And you’re asking a high school hitter to jump to the major leagues?”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2018 at 04:13 PM | 42 comment(s)
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani has mixed results in 1 1/3 innings on mound | LA Times

“It’s still too early to tell, but I think I’m going in the right direction,” he said through an interpreter. “It’s just the first start.”

Ohtani struck out two Milwaukee Brewers and had one strike back, Keon Broxton homering to lead off the second inning. His fastball regularly reached the mid-90s, with a top-end speed of 97 mph.

He also gave up an unearned run, a ground-rule double, walked one batter and mostly fell behind hitters, fighting his control. One of his pitches was officially scored as wild.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: February 25, 2018 at 02:58 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani, time to panic

Monday, February 12, 2018

Will Shohei Ohtani’s success in Japan continue with Angels? Former teammates, Japanese baseball officials think so – Orange County Register

When Brandon Laird took his baseball career across the Pacific Ocean, he had never heard the name Shohei Ohtani, just some unbelievable stories about “the Babe Ruth of Japan.”

“I was like, he can’t be that good,” said Laird, an infielder who had previously spent parts of three seasons in the majors.

“I heard so much about him, but I just wanted to see it. Right from the get-go, I saw him throw in an intrasquad game. It was effortless. High 90s (fastball) and breaking balls. … He proved it to me. He’s just a different player.”

Laird, an Orange County product who had played against the likes of Justin Upton, Andrew McCutchen and Buster Posey in the minors, said that three years as Ohtani’s teammate with the Nippon Ham Fighters was enough to convince him.

“At his age, he’s one of the best, if not the best player I’ve ever seen or had the chance to play with,” Laird said of the 23-year-old Ohtani. “He’s almost like a 10-tool player, a pitcher and hitter who can do it all.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2018 at 06:32 AM | 23 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Cincinnati Reds showed us what they showed Shohei Ohtani

More teams should share their pitches.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2017 at 06:45 AM | 7 comment(s)
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UCL of Los Angeles Angels’ Ohtani is damaged, according to physical

This doesn’t seem as big a deal as the Twitter reaction suggests. Of course, most things aren’t as big a deal as Twitter reactions suggest.

When reached late Tuesday, Angels general manager Billy Eppler told Yahoo Sports: “Shohei underwent a thorough physical with MRI scans to both his elbow and his shoulder. Those are scans we conduct whenever we sign a pitcher. Based on the readings of those MRIs, there are not signs of acute trauma in the elbow. It looks consistent with players his age. We are pleased with the results of the physical and we are very happy to have the player.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2017 at 06:22 AM | 20 comment(s)
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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Shohei Ohtani’s Value Has No Precedent | FiveThirtyEight

Neil Paine tries to estimate Ohtani’s value.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2017 at 07:34 AM | 43 comment(s)
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Friday, December 08, 2017

Shohei Ohtani agrees to deal with Angels | Los Angeles Angels

An unexpected winner.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2017 at 02:40 PM | 60 comment(s)
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For Ex-Big Leaguers in Japan, Ohtani A Special But Not Invincible Talent | BaseballAmerica.com

OK, we’ve all seen a lot of coverage on Ohtani. One option I haven’t seen mentioned is, why not have him work out of the bullpen for the next year or two while giving your team some time to make a decision about the long-term value of his bat? I know there might be some issues getting him warmed up but, with his limited innings last year, it might be a workable idea that appeals to him in his quest to be a true two-way player.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2017 at 10:43 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Monday, December 04, 2017

Heyman | Shohei Ohtani Down To 7 Teams

With the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes recently picking up some serious steam, a source close to the situation has now informed FanRag Sports that the Japanese phenom has narrowed down his list of potential suitors to seven teams. Ohtani is still considering the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2017 at 02:10 PM | 132 comment(s)
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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Shohei Ohtani won’t sign with New York Yankees | MLB.com

This is a shocker.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2017 at 06:32 PM | 181 comment(s)
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Scouting top contenders to sign Shohei Ohtani | MLB.com

A nice look at the teams with the best chances of landing Ohtani.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 10 comment(s)
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Shohei Ohtani’s agent asks MLB teams for written answers | AP

NEW YORK — Major league teams were given homework this weekend by Shohei Ohtani.

The agent for the star pitcher and outfielder asked for written explanations in English and Japanese on how Ohtani would fit into each organization intending to bid and what makes the team attractive, according to details obtained by The Associated Press.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 26, 2017 at 02:08 PM | 29 comment(s)
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