He is a human record machine.
On Wednesday, he had a day to remember, going 4-for-5 at the plate with two extra-base hits: a triple and a home run.
The homer is usually the most exciting play: a display of power and hard contact usually captivates all types of audiences.
However, the triple allowed him to enter the history books yet again.
“After his triple today, Shohei Ohtani of @Angels becomes the second MLB player to debut in 1920 or later to have 20+ career triples at the plate and 20+ career wins as a pitcher, joining Johnny Cooney,” Stats by STATS tweeted.
After his triple today, Shohei Ohtani of @Angels becomes the second MLB player to debut in 1920 or later to have 20+ career triples at the plate and 20+ career wins as a pitcher, joining Johnny Cooney.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) August 17, 2022
Ohtani Keeps Making The Impossible Happen
Hitting a triple is very difficult because it requires the player to have gap power but also some impressive speed, or good fortune to get a favorable bounce in the outfield walls or a bad read by the fielder.
That’s why sluggers have lots of doubles and homers, but very few triples.
It’s a somewhat rare play.
For Ohtani, however, there are no limits: his talent allows him to do things that aren’t usually done.
This season, he has 17 doubles, five triples, and 27 homers.
In addition to that, he has 10 wins as a pitcher, with a 2.69 ERA in 117 innings.
He is a top pitcher, the ace of the Angels staff, while also being an elite slugger.
That double threat earned him the American League MVP award last year, and it could give him a great chance of repeating this season.
Ohtani is the most unique player in MLB, and there is no question about that.