One of the biggest questions surrounding Shohei Ohtani playing in MLB is what his role will be. Ohtani proved during his time in Japan that he is capable of pitching and hitting at a high level. His aim is to continue doing the same in MLB, but the question is how much of each will his new team, the Los Angeles Angels, allow him to do. We may have an idea based on a quote from manager Mike Scioscia. The Angels held an introductory press conference for Ohtani last weekend after the 23-year-old chose to sign with the team. Scioscia was in attendance and later spoke with FOX Sports West for an interview. During the interview, Scioscia seemed to reveal his plans for Ohtani when asked about whether it will be tough to manage the two-way player. “The fact that he’s going to occasionally DH and get out there and get his at-bats is not going to be an issue,” Scioscia said. It’s the “occasionally DH” part of the quote that seems to reveal Scioscia’s intentions. DHing occasionally makes it seem unlikely for Ohtani to be a regular in the batting lineup, and perhaps more likely to see the least amount of at-bats in the three-way split between him, Albert Pujols, and C.J. Cron.
Angels hint at Shohei Ohtani’s anticipated role with team
Larry Brown Sports | Dec 16