Shohei Ohtani Continues To Be Honored For Changing Major League Baseball
Shohei Ohtani was a game-changer in his historic season this year with the LA Angels.
During what was arguably the best season in baseball history, ShoTime won the AL MVP with ease and etched his name into the history books seemingly every night. He was dominant as a pitcher, starting 23 games (9-2 record) while posting a 3.18 ERA. He was dominant as a baserunner, stretching eight doubles in triples (tied for Major League lead) and stealing 26 bases while being named the AL’s fastest baserunner by his peers.
However, that was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to who Ohtani was. He was better at punching than anything. He was even awarded for how dominant he was on the plate on Sunday, as he won the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter award.
Edgar Martinez was a game-changer. That’s why even rival AL West fans like Angel fans even have respect for him. Shohei changed the game as well, and that’s why he so deserves this award.
Shohei Ohtani was about as good as he gets for the LA Angels this year. He’s reached 0.257 / 0.372 / 0.592 (0.965 OPS) this season, while clubbing 46 home runs. He scored 103 points and led 100 (on the two holes of the roster).
His 158 OPS + showed just how much better he was than the competition. There was no DH even close to matching his production level this season. This is why he was the first choice to start the All-Star Game as the DH of the AL.
Not only did he start the game on the mound for the AL, but he was also the best DH in baseball to go along with it. Also playing many games in the outfield this season, Ohtani has really been a game-changer.
Martinez was one of the most influential players in baseball history. Ohtani is here with him now after the way his season got the game going.