Shohei Ohtani is must-see TV.
The Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom has taken the baseball world by storm with his ability to pitch and hit.
The last player to do such a thing was Babe Ruth way back when.
On Wednesday night, Ohtani had himself a game against the Houston Astros.
He flirted with a perfect game and ultimately got through six shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out 12.
In doing so he broke his own record from 2018.
Twice now in five perfect innings, Ohtani has struck out 10 or more batters, joining Nolan Ryan, who accomplished the feat on June 8 in 1977, as the only other pitcher in Angels’ history to have pulled this off.
10+ strikeouts thru 5 perfect innings, Angels since 1974:
Shohei Ohtani, Tonight
Shohei Ohtani, 4/8/18
Nolan Ryan, 6/8/77
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) April 21, 2022
Ohtani has a bright future ahead of him and is already in some elite company.
To be in the same category as Nolan Ryan at such a young age is an impressive feat.
Few can say that they have accomplished something like that so early in their careers.
But Ohtani is no ordinary ballplayer.
He’s just the modern-day Ruth.
He can do it all.
Breaking his own record is also quite impressive as well.
Again, how many pitchers can say that they’re in the same company as Ryan, especially this early in their careers?
Ohtani is like an unstoppable force.
He can do so many things on the baseball field and has earned the right to be considered the best player in the game today.
We’ll see if he’s got another trick up his sleeve next time out to match another legendary pitcher, or if he can break his own record again.