Shohei Ohtani (30) of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who is preparing for his first season after transfer, expressed confidence in his physical condition.
Japanese media Sponichienex reported on the interview with Ohtani, who started spring training on the 10th. “The elbow strength is now close to 100 percent. It is the stage to hit a pitching machine or a real pitcher’s ball,” Ohtani said, adding that he has almost recovered from elbow surgery.
Ohtani is the star player with a batting average of 274 with 681 at-bats for 716 games in the Major League, 171 homers and 437 RBIs, and 38 wins and 19 losses with an ERA of 3.01 in 86 games (481 ⅔ innings). Ohtani, who made a name for himself as a pitcher and pitcher in the Japanese professional baseball league, announced that he would advance to the Major League with keen interest after the end of the 2017 season and started his big league career by signing with the Angels. He rose to stardom by winning the American League Rookie of the Year award in 2018.
Having suffered some difficulties since then, Ohtani has become one of the top stars in the Major League by winning the American League MVP award unanimously in 2021 by posting a batting average of 25.7 in 155 games (138 hits in 537 at-bats) with 46 homers and 100 RBIs OPS.965, and a pitcher with 9 wins, 2 losses and an ERA of 3.18 in 23 games (130 ⅓ innings). In 2022, Ohtani ranked second in the MVP voting by falling behind Aaron Judge of the Yankees, who broke the American League’s new home run record (62 home runs), but last year, he won the second unanimous MVP award by posting a batting average of .344 in 135 games (151 hits in 497 at-bats) with 44 homers and 95 RBIs OPS of 1.066 and a pitcher with 10 wins, 5 losses and an ERA of 3.14 in 23 games (132 innings). Ohtani is the first player in the Major League to win the MVP award twice.
After undergoing elbow surgery in September last year, Ohtani became a free agent after the end of the season. Although he is not allowed to play as a pitcher this year, he has continued to gain popularity in the FA market. He eventually made fans excited by signing a 10-year, 700-million-dollar contract with Dodgers. It is the largest contract in the history of professional sports that exceeds Mike Trout’s 12-year, 426.5 million-dollar contract with Barcelona as well as Lionel Messi’s 674 million-dollar contract with Barcelona.
Ohtani, who is preparing for his first season at Dodgers camp, said, “I’m on a new team now. That’s why I’m going to act like a rookie. And I’m going to try to get along with my new teammates,” about his first season with the Dodgers.
Ohtani, who will not be able to play as a pitcher this year, is expected to play as a designated hitter. This is not the first time that he has not been able to serve as a pitcher at the same time. Since he underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2018, he has played as a designated hitter again in 2019. On whether he will play or not this season, Ohtani said, “This is not the first time that I am rehabbing while preparing for the season. I did it in 2019, so I know how to do it. The second time will be easy.”
Ohtani, who said, “I’m talking to each other about what we know first,” said, “I talked about my batting sense and how to proceed with the batting process and how to proceed with the team.”
In addition to Ohtani, the Dodgers acquired Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto for 12 years and 325 million U.S. dollars this winter. Yamamoto is a top-rated ace who has recorded 70 wins and 29 losses with an ERA of 1.82 922 strikeouts in 172 games (897 innings) in the Japanese professional baseball league 라바카지노도메인. Last year, he recorded 16 wins and 6 losses with an ERA of 1.23 169 strikeouts in 23 games (164 innings), becoming the first player in the history of the Japanese professional baseball to win four titles (multiple wins, ERA, strikeouts, and winning percentage) for the third consecutive year, while winning the Sawamura Award and the Pacific League MVP award for the third consecutive year. He is the second winner of the Sawamura Award for the third consecutive year since Masaiichi Kaneda (1956-1958), and the third MVP winner for the third consecutive year since Ichiro Suzuki (1994-1996).
Ohtani, who came to play with Yamamoto, said, “Of course, I’m a Japanese player, so it’s good to be able to talk in Japanese. However, Yamamoto is also one of my teammates. Regardless of being Japanese, everyone is a teammate. However, there are many opportunities to talk because they also use seats next to each other in the locker room. There will be things I don’t know because it’s my first year, and there will be things I know, so I’ll try to help Yamamoto in that area,” he said, vowing to make an effort to perform well with him.