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Sunday, April 04, 2021

Angels star Shohei Ohtani throws wild 100 mph pitch, drills home run in historic start

If there was any doubt before, it should be long gone now.

Shohei Ohtani is a true two-way star in Major League Baseball — and he didn’t waste any time proving it on Sunday night.

Ohtani, in a historic outing for the Los Angeles Angels, delivered a 101 mph fastball in their opening inning against the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim. Then, later that very same inning, Ohtani drilled a deep home run on the first pitch at the plate to put the Angels up 1-0 almost instantly.

The ball, which came off the bat at more than 115 mph, traveled more than 450 feet from the plate.


Ohtani’s night was already historic before the homer. The 26-year-old is the first Angels pitcher to ever hit for himself in a game while the designated hitter rule was in play in the organization’s history, and just the third pitcher to do so across Major League Baseball in the past 45 years, according to The Associated Press. He’s also just the first pitcher to bat second in the lineup since 1903.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2021 at 09:45 PM | 68 comment(s)
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