In professional sports and most specifically MLB, in order to be the best you have to train like the best.
That’s why Shohei Ohtani, the star of the Los Angeles Angels, is a cut above everyone else: he is not just willing, but eager to work out and train even in the offseason.
He knows that talent, without hard work and discipline, won’t get very hard both in sports and in life.
The league’s official site posted a video of him taking some swings in batting practice.
“The Sho has no offseason,” MLB tweeted.
The Sho has no offseason.
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In the video, Ohtani is shown hitting the ball to the moon, at the very least.
The Japanese is preparing not just for the 2023 regular season, but also for the World Baseball Classic.
He will be Japan’s biggest star in the tournament that starts on March 8.
After that, he will be in charge of leading the Angels to the postseason for the first time since 2014.
He is entering his final year of salary arbitration, and will hit free agency after the World Series if the Angels aren’t able to work out a contract extension.
If he indeed hits the market, he is set to establish a new record as the owner of the largest contract ever given to an MLB player.
Outfielder Mike Trout ($426 million) holds the current record, but Ohtani on the open market will surely get more than $500 million in this market and with so many contenders willing to make a run at him.NEXT: MLB Analyst Roasts Angels Owner Over Decision To Stay