Shohei Ohtani is something else.
The two-way star has been one of the major positives in an otherwise disappointing season for the Los Angeles Angels.
He’s been there when they need him on the mound and has dominated, but also continues to hit home runs and prove that his MVP season from a year ago was no fluke.
In fact, he’s actually climbing up a very unique leaderboard right now.
Today, Codify Baseball tweeted a list of the players who have the most career home runs by a player who has also pitched in at least a dozen games.
Ohtani is fourth on the list with 110.
Most career home runs in American/National League history by a player who pitched in at least a dozen games:
Babe Ruth (1914-1935), 714
Lefty O'Doul (1919-1934), 113
Jimmy Ryan (1885-1903), 112
Shohei Ohtani (2018-2022), 110 👀 pic.twitter.com/bnJSl3DBFy
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) June 30, 2022
Matching Babe Ruth
Ohtani is quickly turning himself into a legend.
Nobody thought we would ever see a player like Ruth ever again, somebody who can pitch like an ace and hit a bunch of home runs.
But Ohtani is quite literally the modern-day incarnation of Babe Ruth.
But he’s doing both at the same time.
He is the next face of baseball and will lead the game to unimaginable heights with his unique abilities.
He takes being a superstar to a whole new level.
And it’s important that the Angels have had him pitching well and hitting well at the same time, especially amidst their rough stretch in June.
But Ohtani is a special kind of ballplayer, and one we may never see again when his career is over.
To be in the same company as Ruth in anything is impressive.