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Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Story Of Shohei Ohtani’s Legendary BP Sessions, From Those Who Witnessed Them

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Three-time World Series champion and Angels hitting coach Eric Hinske burst into the clubhouse like a man possessed. Inside, the Angels relievers and a few other players, including Mike Trout, were decompressing before their May 8 game at the Rockies’ notoriously hitter-friendly ballpark.

“Oh my God,” Hinske said, to no one in particular. “That was the most ridiculous BP run I think I’ve ever seen in my life.”

The way Angels reliever Noe Ramirez tells the story makes Hinske’s “Oh my God” sound like Will Ferrell as Harry Caray.

“I guess I was pretty excited,” Hinske told me, with a laugh.

Two-way star Shohei Ohtani had just finished his first career batting practice session in Denver, and he did not disappoint. Four of the approximately 20 homers he mashed hit the third deck—one in particular landed right below The Rooftop, a standing-room-only area beyond the third level. The ball left a dent on a wall several rows up. Another came a few feet short of entering a terrace bar beyond the seats of the third deck.

“My mouth was just open like, ‘Bro, you guys don’t even get it, how far these balls were going,’” Hinske said. “Nobody’s ever hit it up there, and he just does it every swing.”

Ohtani’s Rooftop blast was estimated at 517 feet, according to Greg Rybarczyk, the creator of ESPN’s HR Tracker and an analyst for the Red Sox.

“It looked like it went 600-plus feet,” Hinske said.

 

Get well soon.

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   1. Moeball Posted: June 28, 2018 at 01:53 PM (#5701626)
Having seen McGwire, Bonds, Griffey, Thome, Frank Thomas, Cecil Fielder, Frank Howard, Harmon Killebrew, Reggie!, McCovey etc. take BP over the years, this description doesn't sound like anything I haven't already seen many times before. If Hinske's jaw drops at Ohtani's power display, he hasn't been around many true power hitters.
   2. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: June 28, 2018 at 01:55 PM (#5701629)
Ohtani’s Rooftop blast was estimated at 517 feet, according to Greg Rybarczyk, the creator of ESPN’s HR Tracker and an analyst for the Red Sox.

“It looked like it went 600-plus feet,” Hinske said.


Ah, the old unreliable narrator.
   3. Rally Posted: June 28, 2018 at 01:59 PM (#5701634)
517 seems pretty hard to believe but Rybarczyk is about as reliable a source for this kind of stuff that you could find.

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