You probably don’t need anyone to tell you that Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani is unique and amazing.
Yet there is still a feeling around the league that we under-appreciate his talent, or what he does on a daily basis.
Nobody in the history of the game has been as good as he is at hitting and fielding at the same time.
The only one who got remotely close was Babe Ruth, and it happened more than 100 years ago when baseball was entirely different.
MLB insider Jeff Passan continues to be in awe of what Ohtani does and shows every single night.
Every time he takes the mound, or goes to bat, he makes some kind of history, and it’s awesome.
It really should be talked about more, way more.
“I am never going to stop talking about how incredible Shohei Ohtani is because when you see a once-in-a-lifetime athlete, you should appreciate every single second of it. And Ohtani is that very 1 of 1,” Passan tweeted.
His comments stem from a comparison he made using numbers.
I am never going to stop talking about how incredible Shohei Ohtani is because when you see a once-in-a-lifetime athlete, you should appreciate every single second of it. And Ohtani is that very 1 of 1.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 6, 2022
We will sum it up for you: Ohtani is pitching like American League Cy Young candidate Shane McClanahan (perhaps even better than him, at least according to Fielding Independent Pitching, or FIP) and producing as much, if not more at the plate than Mookie Betts.
Lots of teams would kill to have McClanahan on their roster.
We are also sure that all MLB organizations would love to have a hitter like Betts.
Well, the Angels have both in one player.
Ohtani should be both a Cy Young and MVP candidate: he is that good.
The good thing is that numbers back him up.
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