Though the London Series is currently the talk of the town in Major League Baseball, there are also other interesting developments that are taking place.
One of them is the voting process for this year’s All-Star Game.
On Thursday, the first round of the voting process came to an end and a few key players were able to punch their tickets to Seattle for the All-Star Game at T-Mobile Park.
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels was one of them.
He was the leading vote-getter in the American League, which ultimately secured a trip to Seattle for the two-way superstar.
On Twitter, MLB announced the news of Ohtani reaching the All-Star Game.
Shohei Ohtani is headed to the #AllStarGame!
He's your leading AL vote-getter through Phase 1 and has automatically earned the starting DH spot. pic.twitter.com/F32F4go8MK
— MLB (@MLB) June 22, 2023
Over the course of his career, Ohtani has made it to two All-Star Games, having done so in 2021 and 2022.
But the two-way superstar is headed back for a third consecutive year.
Ohtani has a Rookie of the Year Award, an MVP, a Silver Slugger Award, and an MLB Player of the Year Award to his name.
Because he was the leading vote-getter, Ohtani is automatically set to be the starting designated hitter for the American League All-Stars.
This season, he is hitting for a .292 average and has hit 24 home runs.
He has also driven in 58 runs, posted a WAR of 5.1, and an OPS of .993.
As a pitcher, the Angels superstar has won six of his 15 starts and owns an impressive ERA of 3.13.
The 28-year-old also has struck out 117 batters over 89 innings of work while also posting a 1.04 WHIP.NEXT: Shohei Ohtani Continues To Headline An Elite MLB List