Los Angeles Angels star player Shohei Ohtani sent a new ball out of bounds Wednesday night at the expense of the New York Yankees, becoming the first player to score a total of 30 home runs and 10 wins in a major league baseball season.
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The Japanese did not concede in this match, which their team won by a score of 3-2, but their 11-8 record was already enough to qualify him for this unprecedented feat. He also drove all of the Angels’ runs with his long ball in the sixth inning.
In 2021, the year of his coronation as the best player in the American League, Ohtani had just one win from a plateau of 10. However, he exploded with 46 homers, a record for an athlete from his country.
The right-handed player also became the first Japanese athlete to complete more than one season of the 30 long ball.
“I’m honored, happy and proud to hear that,” he told MLB.com through a translator after the win. But I just want to stay healthy and finish strong.”
Ohtani is not only third in the AL in total home runs, but also fifth in innings with 176. His ERA is 2.67 and despite a very difficult year he allowed the Angels (57-74) to keep their heads above water.
“This is bullshit. His average is around 2.00 and he shoots 30 bombs. This guy is a unicorn. That’s totally crazy,” said Patrick Sandoval, the winning gunner on Wednesday night.
As mentioned above, Ohtani is the only star in the dark sky for the Angels this year. Despite everything, fans travel to witness the successes and records of the Japanese ace. All 43,555 tickets were sold at Angel Stadium for that game against the Yankees.
“He would definitely do something like that with the fans and the atmosphere in the stadium,” said Los Angeles interim manager Phil Nevin. A standout was about to take off and Shohei shot a good one [longue balle]. It shot well for three days. It’s been a great day as an amateur and I’m sure it’s been fun the last few days.”
Meanwhile, the Yankees set their worst one-month record (10-18) since September 1991 (9-19). Although the Bronx Bombers still dominate the rankings of America’s Eastern Division, their leadership has dwindled by almost half of their followers.
In August, one of the only bright spots was Aaron Judge’s standout game, who went to the league’s most valuable player award. However, Ohtani did not have the last word.
“It really motivates me to do better and try to get this trophy,” he said. I think about it. But mostly, I’m going game by game and at times bat by bat.”