After a few years in the majors, Shohei Ohtani has definitely made a mark in the baseball world. Even though he's made "wow" plays, there's still some skepticism if he can be the first true two-way player since Babe Ruth. Can he stay healthy? Should he just become a full-time pitcher? How about a full-time outfielder? Well, Ohtani made history last night when he became the first pitcher since 1903 that batted second in the lineup.
On Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN, Ohtani didn't disappoint. He came out throwing 100+ mph.
The fact that people can make contact with these pitches is ridiculous.
He followed his first inning with an absolute moonshot that made the internet go wild.
Are you kidding me? Not only does he throw 101 mph on the mound, but he can also hit 450+ foot moon shots? You literally can't create a player like this in a video game. His swing is so sweet and the crack of the bat is baseball ASMR at its finest.
Also, this is another wild stat that was flowing around the internet.
Ohtani's night ended in a scare when this crazy dropped third strike took him out of the game.
Absolute chaos. The dropped third strike is one of the dumbest rules in sports. Luckily, Ohtani seems to be OK after being evaluated.
Who knows what's going to end up with Ohtani. He's the most electric player in baseball right now. I know we have electric players like Tatis and Betts, but it's the wow factor for me with Ohtani. He's a unicorn. There hasn't been a guy that's come close to what he can do as a true two-way player. Just need to hope he can stay healthy through a full season.
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