A Japanese man is the new superstar of American baseball. Experts have compared him to the legend Babe Ruth, but the comparison is impossible as Shohei Ohtani is an entirely different personality. Some even go so far as to refer to Ohtani as the best player of all time and his ability is truly beyond question. Most recently, he even appeared twice in the all-star baseball game in Denver.
The all-star games have such a long tradition and there have been many surprising moments, but what the fans got to see this time has not happened before. The best professionals of the league have been competing against each other once a year since 1933, and Shohei Ohtani had a chance to play both as a pitcher and a batter. The double appearance on offensive and defensive positions was a premiere and, at the same time, the climax of a unique season.
Shohei Ohtani played a season fans could hardly believe. He awakened memories of the legendary Babe Ruth. Ohtani managed to achieve 33 home runs, which made him the most dangerous hitter. But at the same time, the Japanese was one of the best pitchers too. Hardly any other player throws the ball with perfect technique and speed. His top throws reached up to 165 kilometers per hour. Just the same, he throws them so precisely that the hitter can’t score. If the new superstar manages to keep his form until the end of the season, then American baseball is about to witness the achievement of the century. Statisticians have calculated that Shohei Ohtani could achieve the best season performance in professional baseball history.
The Biggest Sensation in the League
Such impressive accomplishments are not new to the Japanese. Even in his home country, he was the undisputed superstar of the professional baseball league. It is all the more amazing since we consider it to be the strongest and the most popular after the MLB. In Japan, Ohtani is more popular than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in soccer combined. Therefore, it is no surprise that after moving to the USA, expectations skyrocketed.
Ohtani joined the Los Angeles Angels three years ago. Even then, he appeared as a pitcher and a hitter. But at first, he was repeatedly hindered by injuries. His body could not cope with the higher stress of a more extended season in the double role. But since this season, everything has changed. Ohtani has developed into the MLB’s biggest sensation, and he left many fans and media thrilled.
Many Japanese reporters report live from the games and broadcast the sensational performances of the fan-favorite back home. His coach has long put the star in line with the greatest players in the sport as Ohtani’s spectacular achievements transcend the boundaries between cultures. It also makes its contribution to international communication too, because he does not speak English well himself, only through a translator, even three years after moving to the USA. Here you can quickly see the difference between Babe Ruth, who was known to be a very extroverted personality. However, Ohtani disguises his emotions and remains polite and reserved.