The Angels Need to Give up on the Shohei Ohtani Pitching Experiment

The Angels Need to Give up on the Shohei Ohtani Pitching Experiment

Shohei Ohtani’s time as baseball’s next great two-way player has been placed on hold once again. Ohtani, the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year winner, likely won’t throw another pitch in the regular season. Although Ohtani can still DH alongside Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, the Angels will need to get by without their star import on the mound. Ohtani instantly became a fan favorite with his prowess at the plate on the mound. For his sake, the Los Angeles Angels need to have him focus on hitting going forward. Shohei Ohtani was hailed as the next great two-way player RELATED: Mike Trout Did Something for the First Time in His Career During the Start of the 2020 Season Still only 26, Shohei Ohtani arrived in America over two years ago with high expectations. A left-handed power-hitting outfielder and a right-handed ace on the mound, Ohtani signed with the Angels in December 2017. He burst onto the scene and hit .285 with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs across 104 games as a rookie. He also went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 10 starts and struck out 63 hitters in 51.2 innings. Unlike Hideki Matsui before him, Ohtani won the AL Rookie of the Year Award despite previously playing in Japan. Ohtani only DH’d in 2019 and hit .286 with 18 home runs, 62 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases. He mustered just four hits in his first 27 at-bats to open the 2020 season, although two of ...
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