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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Ohtani up for 2 ESPYs, including Best Athlete, Men’s Sports

Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani, Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini and the World Series champion Atlanta Braves are among the 2022 ESPY Award nominees, which were released Tuesday.

Ohtani is nominated in two categories: Best MLB Player and Best Athlete, Men’s Sports. Ohtani won the former award last year and is up against reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and 2021 World Series MVP Jorge Soler this year.

Wait, what?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2022 at 04:35 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: espys, jorge soler, shohei ohtani

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Shohei Ohtani follows up career-high 8-RBI night with career-high 13 Ks

It’s really important we don’t take Shohei Ohtani for granted.

The Los Angeles Angels pitcher is coming off the greatest two-way season in the history of MLB — yes, even better than Babe Ruth — and he may very well surpass it this year. He is a talented unprecedented in baseball, but he’s become so big it’s hard to even remember how impossible the idea of him seemed as a prospect.

So when he does something like, say, post a two-homer, eight-RBI performance, then strike out 13 batters across eight shutout innings, we should probably do our best to appreciate it. Therefore, let’s talk about the last two days.

Hombre Brotani Posted: June 23, 2022 at 05:26 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, royals, shohei ohtani, world's most special boy

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Kansas City Royals overcome Shohei Ohtani’s 2 HRs, 8 RBIs to edge Los Angeles Angels

Shohei Ohtani hit two three-run homers, including a dramatic tying drive in the bottom of the ninth inning. He drove in a career-high eight runs, the most by a Japanese-born player in major league history.

And somehow, it still was not enough for his Los Angeles Angels to beat the Kansas City Royals.

Whit Merrifield led off the 11th inning with an RBI double, and the Royals overcame Ohtani’s historic performance for a 12-11 victory Tuesday night.

Ohtani crushed a 423-foot homer in the sixth and a tying, 438-foot shot in the ninth, giving him the biggest RBI game of his five-year stateside career. The American League MVP then set the single-game record for RBIs by a Japanese-born player with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning.

Although he never complains publicly, Ohtani would be perfectly justified in feeling frustrated by his Los Angeles teammates’ tepid pitching performance behind his latest heroics. But the Royals knew they won with some remarkable hitting of their own, including landmark games for both Carlos Santana and rookie Bobby Witt Jr.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2022 at 08:29 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Rosenthal: What to do about Shohei Ohtani long-term: A complicated equation for the Angels [$]

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Ohtani’s current two-year, $8.5 million deal with the Angels expires at the end of the season. After that, he will be eligible for a final year of salary arbitration, effectively entering the process as two players, a pitcher and hitter. And after that, he will be eligible for free agency, again qualifying — assuming he stays healthy — as an unprecedented entry in the market, the equivalent of a rock star who simultaneously plays both lead guitar and drums.

The Angels, according to sources, had informal discussions regarding an extension for Ohtani late in spring training with his agent, Nez Balelo of CAA. Club officials expressed an understanding that to sign Ohtani, they would need to award him a record average salary, surpassing Max Scherzer’s $43.3 million. But the Angels, at least at that time, were reluctant to make the kind of long-term offer Ohtani almost certainly would command on the open market, sources said. Ohtani, coming off an MVP season, was at the peak of his value, much like Judge is right now with the Yankees. The talks never gained traction…

Even if Moreno is willing to go all-out for Ohtani, the choice would not simply be his alone. In January, Ohtani indicated to The Athletic’s Sam Blum that he did not want to discuss an extension until his current two-year deal was complete. The closer he gets to free agency, the less willing he might be to entertain such a deal, particularly if the Angels continue to flounder. The team currently is 29-33, 8 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West and 3 1/2 out in the race for the third wild card.

After Ohtani’s final start last season, which the Angels concluded with a 77-85 record, he told reporters, “I really like the team. I love the fans. I love the atmosphere of the team. But more than that, I want to win. That’s the biggest thing for me. So, I’ll leave it at that.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 14, 2022 at 01:21 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Friday, April 01, 2022

The 2022 MLB Fun & Good Team: These are the players to watch when baseball returns

Right field: Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
At 23, he’s probably the best pure hitter in baseball. The locked-in alter ego that steps into the batter’s box shimmies, struts, shuffles and stares down his competition. It’s the best (only?) between-pitches show in baseball.

Put simply: If everyone were like Soto, no one would be calling for a pitch clock.

Designated hitter/starting pitcher: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
Any team built around the word “and” would be woefully incomplete without Ohtani. Now the beneficiary of a rule specifically designed to allow him to continue as DH after leaving his starts on the mound, Ohtani figures to have more opportunity to accumulate mind-boggling stats on both sides of the ledger.

As we were all rapt in his greatness during the second half of 2021, Ohtani was making meaningful adjustments on the mound to avoid energy-sapping walks and last longer in his starts. After a June 30 meltdown at Yankee Stadium, Ohtani averaged 6 1/3 innings per outing and walked only nine batters in 70 1/3 frames. Winning Cy Young and MVP in the same season would technically qualify as less rare than what he did last season, but it’s nonetheless on the table as his next baseball-breaking feat.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 01, 2022 at 09:40 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

MLB, union agree to temporary expanded rosters, ‘Shohei Ohtani rule’

MLB and the Players Association have reached a tentative agreement to expand rosters from 26 to 28 players through May 1 to compensate in some way for a 3 1/2-week spring training, The Post has learned.

In addition, the deal also essentially has a Shohei Ohtani rule with the designated hitter becoming universal in the new collective bargaining agreement. The new rule stipulates that if the starting pitcher is also hitting in the lineup, then that player remains as the DH even if he is pulled from the start. Thus, if Ohtani, say, pitched five innings, he would still hit through the entire game. This rule is for the life of the new CBA, not just for 2022 and the hope is to promote more two-way players.

The deal also includes a return to using the “ghost” runner in extra innings, but only for 2022. In addition, there will be no more seven-inning double-headers. There will be a return to nine-inning games in those situations.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2022 at 06:09 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: expanded rosters, extra innings rule, shohei ohtani

 

 

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