Shohei Ohtani RUMORS & NEWS

  • Joe Maddon 'would have no objections' to Shohei Ohtani hitting and pitching for AL in All-Star Game

    ESPN "Shohei Ohtani leads American League designated hitters in All-Star Game fan votes by a wide margin. But the Los Angeles Angels' two-way sensation also is putting together a spectacular season on the mound, creating the possibility of Ohtani both pitching and hitting at Coors Field..." June 15

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani scratched from start due to traffic

    The Athletic "Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani was scratched from his pitching start in the 5-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday due to what the Angels described as issues with an accident on the Bay Bridge and with the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. Angels..." May 28

  • Shohei Ohtani for MVP? These six factors will determine if two-way Angels star wins the honor

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani in 2021 has already proved to be a reliable purveyor of baseball miracles. As we move deeper into the season an Ohtani keeps on thriving in his two roles, it becomes more and more plausible that he'll achieve his biggest..." May 28

  • Bay Area traffic pushes Shohei Ohtani start to Friday "Two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani was scratched from his start on the mound against the A’s on Thursday because of transportation issues getting from San Francisco to Oakland and will start on Friday instead. Lefty Patrick Sandoval started in place of..." May 27

  • Angels won't 'interfere' with Shohei Ohtani as two-way player

    Yardbarker "Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani is an early-season American League Most Valuable Player candidate. He began Thursday afternoon leading all of MLB with 14 home runs but caused concerns among analysts and fans when his pitching velocity dropped below normal during..." May 20

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani shows reduced velocity in start vs. Cleveland

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani showed diminished velocity during his start on Wednesday night against the Cleveland franchise. Ohtani allowed two runs on five hits (including a solo home run surrendered to Jake Bauers) and a pair of walks. He threw..." May 20

  • Fernando Tatis Jr. names his favorite MLB player to watch

    Larry Brown Sports "Fernando Tatis Jr. is one of the most exciting and popular players in baseball. He has become a favorite player for many fans. But even he has a favorite player to watch, and it’s not himself. Tatis said on Wednesday that his favorite non-NL West player to watch is Shohei..." May 19

  • Shohei Ohtani is amazing, but here's one way the Angels could maximize his gifts

    The Score "For three days in January 1920, New York Yankees manager Miller Huggins scoured Los Angeles for Babe Ruth. He'd traveled there to inform the former Red Sox two-way star that he was now a Yankee, acquired from Boston owner Harry Frazee for $125,000. Huggins finally found Ruth on a golf..." May 19

  • Mets players fawn over Shohei Ohtani: 'Does he have to be better looking too?'

    The Score "Members of the New York Mets have joined the list of professional athletes to gush over Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani. Read More- May 19

  • Matt Barnes: Shohei Ohtani is the most physically gifted player I've ever seen

    Sportsmax "Shohei Ohtani has been hailed as the "most physically gifted baseball player ever" by Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes after inspiring the Los Angeles Angels to a dramatic victory at Fenway Park. Two-way star Ohtani hit a two-out, two-run drive in the ninth inning of..." May 17

  • Two-way star Shohei Ohtani pitches gem, plays outfield, makes history in Angels' loss to Astros

    Japan Times "Shohei Ohtani struck out 10 on the mound, singled at the plate and played right field in the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Ohtani, who batted second in the order and finished 1-for-4 with two strikeouts, threw seven strong innings and was..." May 12

  • 'Too early to tell' if Shohei Ohtani pitches after HBP "Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani is questionable for his start against the Rays on Monday after being hit by a 93-mph fastball on his right pitching elbow in the first inning of a 2-0 loss to the Mariners on Sunday at T-Mobile Park. Ohtani was visibly in pain..." May 03

  • The most unhittable pitch in baseball is back "The most unhittable pitch in baseball is back -- and maybe even more unhittable than it was before. We're talking about Shohei Ohtani's splitter. Remember how, in 2018, hitters went 2-for-55 against it, striking out 35 times? Well, you should see what's happening in..." April 29

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani plays outfield for 1st time since 2014 "We’ve seen Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani seemingly do it all during his brief MLB career. We’ve seen him hit triple digits on the radar gun. We’ve seen him hit 450-foot home runs. We even saw him do both in the same game -- just minutes apart from each..." April 25

  • Shohei Ohtani won't bat in return to hill vs. Rangers "Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani will be limited to roughly 75 pitches and won’t hit in the lineup in his return to the mound against the Rangers on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, manager Joe Maddon said Monday. Ohtani is set to make his second start of the season..." April 20

  • Injury updates on Anthony Rendon and Shohei Ohtani "The Angels’ game on Sunday against the Blue Jays got postponed due to weather. Both teams will make up the game on August 10 as part of a double-header. Following the decision to postpone the game, Angels manager Joe Maddon spoke with the media and provided a few updates. The..." April 12

  • Angels skipping Shohei Ohtani's turn in rotation due to blister

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani will not pitch during the series against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin. Manager Joe Maddon said Ohtani's turn in the rotation is being skipped because of a blister, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange..." April 09

  • 10 MLB players we'd like to see in Home Run Derby

    CBS Sports "The 2021 MLB All-Star Game was recently moved out of Atlantafollowing the passing of a controversial Georgia law that critics say restricts voting access in the state. Instead, the annual Midsummer Classic will be played at Coors Field, which is home to the Colorado..." April 07

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani leaves start after collision at home plate

    The Score "Shohei Ohtani left Sunday's start after a scary play at the plate when Jose Abreuknocked him over while sliding into home. The Angels clarified that Ohtani was not removed for injury purposes, though the two-way phenom is dealing with general soreness and will be..." April 05

  • Shohei Ohtani might swing fortunes of Angels in 2021 thanks to his use of data

    The Athletic "So much of the allure of Shohei Ohtani comes from what we haven’t seen. As a young man in Japan, major-league scouts heard early tales of a tall, lanky right-hander throwing harder than just about anyone they had ever seen at that age. Then they saw that same teenager..." April 04

  • Shohei Ohtani to pitch, hit in same game for first time Sunday

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani will do more than make his season debut as a pitcher on Sunday night against the Chicago White Sox -- he'll make personal history. That's because Ohtani will also be part of the Angels' lineup, marking the..." April 04

  • Shohei Ohtani and the Angels could be one of the key stories of a bounceback season

    The Athletic "It was six years ago that a baseball scout friend had returned from Japan, specifically from a town named Oshu in Iwate Prefecture — a ski area he compared to Woodstock, Vermont — to see the phenom named Shohei Ohtani, who had graduated from Oshu’s Hanamaki Higashi High..." April 01

  • Is Angels’ Shohei Ohtani finally ready to be a two-way star again?

    Orange County Register "For nearly three years, Two-Way Star Shohei Ohtani has been an almost apocryphal figure. Sure, anyone can look up the numbers or watch highlights from 2018, the season when Ohtani made a jaw-dropping debut in the big leagues as a pitcher and hitter. But ever since..." March 31

  • Shohei Ohtani bats leadoff in spring start, wants to hit for himself this season

    The Score "Shohei Ohtani is fully healthy and finally looking like the two-way dynamo from his days in Japan. Now, he feels ready to take the next step in his unique career. The Los Angeles Angels star would like to hit for himself on his pitching days during the regular season...." March 22

  • Shohei Ohtani First Starting Pitcher Since 1901 to Leadoff in Same Game

    SI "Shohei Ohtani lived up to his Sho Time nickname on Sunday when the Angels' Swiss army knife started on the mound and at the plate against the Padres. Despite being a spring training game, he's only the second pitcher and fourth player in MLB history to lead a..." March 22

  • Mike Trout: Shohei Ohtani has 'direction and mentality he needed'

    The Score "Two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani is turning heads this spring, and his three-time MVP teammate is impressed. "The Ohtani we're seeing now, in games, is the one everyone wanted to see," said Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." March 20

  • Don't Be Afraid to Buy into the Shohei Ohtani Preseason Hype

    Bleacher Report "When healthy and fully operational, only one player in Major League Baseball strikes fear into hitters and pitchers alike. His name is Shohei Ohtani, and healthy and fully operational is exactly how he looks this spring. The Los Angeles Angels' two-way star..." March 09

  • Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani a mixed bag in first spring start on mound

    CBS Sports "Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani took the mound for his first spring start on Friday. He looked mostly good, but it wasn't a perfect outing or anything, either. We'll dig into that in a second, as how he looks is one of the most intriguing things to watch this..." March 05

  • Shohei Ohtani registers 97 mph during batting practice session

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani said Wednesday that he hit 97 mph on the radar gun while pitching to his teammates during camp, according to Rhett Bollinger of "I was mostly in the zone with my fastball," Ohtani said through his..." February 25

  • Throwing live batting practice, an optimistic Shohei Ohtani tops out at 97 mph for Los Angeles Angels

    ESPN "Shohei Ohtani said he topped out at 97 mph while throwing live batting practice on Wednesday, an encouraging development that further supports the enthusiasm voiced by prominent members of the Los Angeles Angels throughout the offseason. Ohtani, the two-way player from..." February 25

  • Joe Maddon: 'No limits' on Shohei Ohtani this spring "Angels pitchers and catchers officially reported to the club’s Spring Training complex in Tempe, Ariz., on Tuesday, but two-way star Shohei Ohtani’s status was the biggest topic during manager Joe Maddon’s 45-minute Zoom session with reporters. Ohtani, who..." February 16

  • Angels, Shohei Ohtani avoid arbitration with 2-year, $8.5M deal

    The Score "The Los Angeles Angels and two-way star Shohei Ohtani won't be heading to arbitration, as the sides agreed to a two-year, $8.5-million contract, the team announced Monday. Ohtani will earn $3 million this year and $5.5 million in 2022, according..." February 08

  • Joe Maddon Discusses Jo Adell, Shohei Ohtani

    MLB Trade Rumors "Jo Adell made his Major League debut to mixed results in 2020. The toolsy outfielder still has a bright future in Los Angeles despite an opening salvo of .220/.294/.266 across 132 plate appearances. His output last season can be taken with a grain of salt, however. If not for the bizarre..." December 20