Shohei Ohtani RUMORS & NEWS

  • Mike Trout explains why Angels teammate Shohei Ohtani deserves AL MVP over Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    CBS Sports "Those numbers combined with his performance on the mound -- Ohtani, who pitches again Sunday, owns a 3.28 ERA with 146 strikeouts in 123 1/2 innings -- give Ohtani an MLB-leading 8.5 WAR this season. He's a full win ahead of the second-place player (Zack Wheeler at 7.5 WAR) and..." September 26

  • Josh Donaldson: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. deserves AL MVP over Shohei Ohtani

    The Score "If Josh Donaldson had an AL MVP vote, it would go to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The Minnesota Twins third baseman, who won the award with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, recently vouched for Guerrero. The Blue Jays slugger is producing a tremendous season,..." September 19

  • Mike Wright Suspended 3 Games for Throwing at Shohei Ohtani

    Bleacher Report "Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Wright was reportedly suspended three games for hitting Shohei Ohtani with a pitch in the ninth inning of Thursday's 9-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Wright will appeal the suspension. September 18

  • Do Not, For Any Reason, Give Vladimir Guerrero Jr. the MVP Instead of Shohei Ohtani

    The Big Lead "As a public service announcement, we'd like to recommend not looking directly into the light emitted from the Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Should Win AL MVP takes because those who do run the risk of permanent blindness. So white-hot and bright is the heat from that particular celestial body...." September 17

  • Shohei Ohtani may not pitch again this season

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani’s remarkable season on the mound may be over due to a sore right arm. Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that Ohtani will not make his scheduled start on Friday due to lingering soreness. Maddon also admitted that the issue could be enough to keep..." September 17

  • Tony La Russa: Shohei Ohtani plunking unintentional, umps 'made a mistake'

    The Score "Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa disagreed with the umpires' decision to eject reliever Mike Wright from Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Angels after the right-hander hit Shohei Ohtani with a pitch in the ninth..." September 16

  • Shohei Ohtani named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2021

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani is one of MLB's biggest attractions, and his popularity has grown outside of baseball circles. The 27-year-old Japanese star was included among Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2021 on Wednesday...." September 15

  • Detroit Tigers analyst Jack Morris to return from suspension over Shohei Ohtani remarks

    USA Today "Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Jack Morris will return to the broadcast booth Friday after serving a 23-day suspension for an apparent racist comment he made toward Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani, Bally Sports Detroit senior vice president/general manager Greg..." September 09

  • Greatest Sho in MLB: The Legend, the Circus and the Sneaky Funny Shohei Ohtani

    Bleacher Report "Displaced New Yorkers and West Coast Yankees diehards packed the Big A over three games in late August and early September. Chants of "Let's Go Yankees" could be heard all the way to Disneyland. But thanks to Shohei Ohtani, they didn't last. September 09

  • Shohei Ohtani makes history with 40-20 season

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani recorded his 20th stolen base of the season on Saturday night against the San Diego Padres. By doing so, Ohtani joined a special class of players to accomplish the feat at all, let alone before the start of..." August 29

  • Angels star Shohei Ohtani reaches yet another impressive milestone

    Clutch Points "In what has already been one historic season, Los Angeles Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani has managed to achieve another historic feat. Coming into the Angels’ series finale against the Baltimore Orioles, Ohtani stood at 40 home runs on the season,..." August 26

  • Former MLB Star Claims Shohei Ohtani Is Already Better Than Babe Ruth

    Total Pro Sports "Shohei Ohtani is doing things this season that we haven’t seen in the MLB since Babe Ruth. Because of that, he is not only being compared to the great one, he is being touted as being better than Ruth. Former Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice is one of the people who..." August 24

  • Angels star Mike Trout gives perfect 6-word explanation of Shohei Ohtani

    Clutch Points "Even as Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has been sidelined due to a calf strain injury, he at the least has had a front-row seat to watching American League MVP favorite Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani has not been racking up video-game numbers from the plate in the month..." August 22

  • Shohei Ohtani Relishes As Ambassador For Little League Classic

    ESPN "Shohei Ohtani is a wonder. My MLB career spanned the heart of the steroid era in baseball. Its noxious cloud still makes us question today's players and their motives, and tantalizes any performer to consider modern shortcuts to gain an edge. But the most damage it..." August 22

  • Shohei Ohtani is making baseball history before our eyes

    SB Nation "The only way you can be forgiven for ignoring Shohei Ohtani’s ludicrous season with the Angels is if you live under a rock. A rock that happens to be at the bottom of a forgotten mineshaft. And that mineshaft isn’t featured on any maps, or visited by spelunkers. Wednesday..." August 19

  • Shohei Ohtani offers classy response to Jack Morris

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani offered an incredibly classy response to the Jack Morris situation. Ohtani’s Los Angeles Angels began a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. During Tuesday’s game, Ohtani was coming to the plate with a runner on second and two outs...." August 19

  • Tigers broadcaster suspended for fake accent while discussing Shohei Ohtani

    The Score "Detroit Tigers TV analyst Jack Morris has been suspended indefinitely for answering a question about Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani in a fake accent during Tuesday's broadcast, Bally Sports Detroit announced Wednesday. "We have a..." August 18

  • Tigers analyst Jack Morris apologizes for using racist accent before Shohei Ohtani at-bat

    Sportsnet "Detroit Tigers TV analyst Jack Morris apologized on air during the team’s game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday after using a racist accent in response to a question from his broadcast partner regarding Shohei Ohtani. The incident occurred in the..." August 18

  • AL MVP race: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. vs. Shohei Ohtani is almost an unfair fight

    Sporting News "Only two candidates remain in the race for the AL MVP award and, splitting hairs, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is having a better season at the plate than Shohei Ohtani.  The 22-year-old Blue Jays slugger has a better OPS+, 174 to 163. His batting average is 45 points..." August 17

  • Shohei Ohtani One-Ups Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in Their Only Matchup of the Season

    SI "MLB’s Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa, on Thursday night, set the bar high for the dream individual matchup of the season. Some 1,600 miles away in Anaheim, Calif., far from any cornfield, the two top contenders for the American League MVP award, Shohei Ohtani and..." August 13

  • Can the Angels keep Shohei Ohtani? A payroll crisis looms in Los Angeles

    ESPN "Everything Shohei Ohtani has accomplished this summer is unprecedented: the high-end pitching and high-impact hitting, the takeover of the two days of All-Star events, the marketability. With a season résumé that looks like none other, he'll win the American..." August 12

  • How much longer will Shohei Ohtani be affordable to the Angels?

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani is, without a doubt, one of the most dynamic and entertaining players that Major League Baseball has to offer. Ohtani, who will likely win the American League Most Valuable Player Award this fall, is doing more than capturing the..." August 10

  • Shohei Ohtani Lands Exclusive Memorabilia Deal With Fanatics

    Real GM Baseball "Shohei Ohtani has agreed to a multiyear partnership with Fanatics, which becomes the exclusive distributor of Ohtani autographs, collectables and memorabilia. Ohtani will sign bats, jerseys, photos and select game-used items in both English and Japanese. " July 20

  • Shohei Ohtani had awesome gesture with his Home Run Derby money

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani did not win the Home Run Derby, but he was a big winner for what he did with his Home Run Derby money. Ohtani received $150,000 for his finish in the Home Run Derby, where he lost in the first round to Juan Soto after an excellent duel. The Los Angeles Angels..." July 17

  • Shohei Ohtani's MLB All-Star jersey draws $111,000 bid – a six-figure edge over next player

    USA Today "If money talks, then the message is loud and clear: Shohei Ohtani’s marketing appeal is undeniable. Ohtani made history at Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Denver, pitching a scoreless inning to earn the victory for the American League while grounding out twice as..." July 16

  • Stephen A. Smith is WRONG: The Shohei Ohtani effect is real

    Clutch Points "The MLB has been in the news a ton lately– albeit not for the reasons everybody has hoped for. Stephen A. Smith made some eye-popping, highly debated comments about Los Angeles Angels star pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and received much backlash. Since then,..." July 14

  • Colin Cowherd: Shohei Ohtani Is Better Than Babe Ruth

    The Big Lead "Shohei Ohtani lost in the first round of the 2021 Home Run Derby, but he and Juan Soto put on a show in their matchup. Everyone was glued to the television just to see Ohtani mash some dingers like Big Al. Colin Cowherd was not deterred by Ohtani's first-round exit, and on..." July 13

  • Stephen A. Smith Apologizes For 'First Take' Comments About Shohei Ohtani

    The Big Lead "Stephen A. Smith caused controversy on Monday when he claimed Shohei Ohtani's use of a translator made it more difficult for Major League Baseball to promote him. The crux of his argument being that MLB would struggle to market Ohtani because he uses a translator...." July 12

  • Stephen A. Smith is getting crushed for latest Shohei Ohtani comments

    Black Sports Online "I will be 100% honest. Off the top of my head, I have no idea what Mike Trout or many MLB players sound like. .psd-readMoreComponent{padding-top:15px;padding-bottom:15px;border-top:1px solid #eee;border-bottom:1px solid..." July 12

  • Shohei Ohtani will start All-Star Game as pitcher and DH thanks to MLB rule tweak

    Larry Brown Sports "American League manager Kevin Cash is going all-in with Shohei Ohtani in the MLB All-Star Game, and Major League Baseball is letting it happen. It was announced Monday that Ohtani would serve as starting pitcher for the AL team in Tuesday’s game. Not only that, but Ohtani would..." July 12

  • Could the Angels optimize Shohei Ohtani to deliver historic value?

    The Score "Shohei Ohtani's remarkable campaign will feature yet another Ruthian-level moment when he pitches and hits, as is planned, during Tuesday's All-Star Game in Denver. It will be the latest historic milestone in a season for the ages. Between Babe Ruth and Ohtani, two-way players..." July 12

  • Hideki Matsui sends classy note after Shohei Ohtani passes his record

    Larry Brown Sports "Hideki Matsui sent a classy note on Wednesday after having his record broken by Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani on Wednesday homered against the Boston Red Sox for his 32nd of the season. That home run helped him surpass Matsui, whose 31 home runs in 2004 were the most ever by a Japanese-born..." July 07

  • Brian Kenny: 'Shohei Ohtani Should Stop Pitching'; Joel Sherman Disagrees

    The Big Lead "Shohei Ohtani is a top-five offensive player in baseball right now while also being a top-25 starting pitcher. He's an incredible, multifaceted talent, which makes his value to the Los Angeles Angels that much higher. Joel Sherman gets that. Brian Kenny doesn't.  During a..." July 07

  • Red Sox Pitcher Adam Ottavino Waved & Told Shohei Ohtani ‘Happy Birthday, B-tch’ After Final Out

    Total Pro Sports "On Monday, the Boston Red Sox picked a huge win against the Los Angeles, 5-4. Boston’s Adam Ottavino earned the save, event hough he gave up one run on two hits and a walk. He felt really good about his save after he got Shohei Ohtani into a game-ending ground out. July 06

  • Shohei Ohtani Will Hit, Pitch in 2021 MLB All-Star Game, Angels' Joe Maddon Says

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani will have the opportunity to hit and pitch in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game. The 27-year-old became the first player in history to be voted into the Midsummer Classic as a position player and pitcher. Angels manager Joe..." July 06

  • Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani first All-Star picked as pitcher, position player

    Yardbarker "Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani continues to make history this season.  The 27-year-old is the first player in the history of Major League Baseball's All-Star Game to be selected as both a position player and pitcher.  July 05

  • Someone Please Save Shohei Ohtani From the Angels

    The Big Lead "Shohei Ohtani is the most exciting thing to happen to baseball since Benny pickled The Beast. Ohtani is a modern day Babe Ruth, which seems like a big deal since Ruth is on the Mount Rushmore of larger than life mythical sports figures who actually existed. That's how awesome Ohtani looks..." June 29

  • Shohei Ohtani, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr. lead All-Star finalists

    Yardbarker "Major League Baseball's three home run leaders highlighted the finalists for the All-Star Game, as the Angels' Shohei Ohtani, Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. were among those unveiled Sunday. Guerrero entered Sunday leading the majors..." June 27

  • Shohei Ohtani will take part in 2021 Home Run Derby at Coors Field

    Yahoo! Sports "Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani can really do it all. He ranks third in MLB with 19 home runs, has a 2.70 ERA and is considered one of the front runners for the American League MVP award. As if that weren't enough, Ohtani will look to add yet another significant..." June 18

  • 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