top of page
  • Writer's picturePhillip Radcliffe

Ohtani’s Performance in the Majors

(Japanese Translation below)

By Jinho Jeong

How would you feel if you saw an unbelievably talented baseball player who appears once in a century? What if there's a player who's outstanding in both batting and pitching like Babe Ruth from a century ago? Surprisingly, you may have already seen such a player. That person is Shohei Ohtani, currently the best player in the major leagues.

Since moving from Nippon Ham Fighters to Major League Baseball’s LA Angels in 2018, he has achieved something remarkable in just five years. First, he won the Rookie of the Year award in his first year, and in 2021, he won the MVP award unanimously by the judges and he won it again this year. Moreover, in 2022, he became the first player in major league history to achieve 15 wins as a pitcher and 30 home runs as a batter.

With his performance at its peak, he was named MVP of the World Baseball Classic tournament this year by leading Japan to victory, and he set a milestone in becoming the first Asian to become the home run king in the Major Leagues. If there is no major upset in his career, he may become one of the best players in baseball history by the time he retires.

However, some experts warn that playing both pitching and batting can be a reef to his career. Currently, Ohtani is the only player in the Major Leagues who plays pitchers and bats at the same time, so naturally, the physical burden on him has to be greater than that of other players. In fact, his injuries were increasing as the middle of the season progressed, and his body recovered with quick resilience in his 20s, but now that he is in his 30s, his resilience may not be as good as it used to be.

Ohtani signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for a 10-year, $700 million deal on December 10. It's the biggest contract in U.S. professional sports history. If he doesn’t suffer long-term injuries, he will surely finish his career with a fantastic performance. How great a position will he be in five years? Just watching the journey of his career makes baseball fans’ hearts pound.


ジョン ジンホ




活躍が絶好調に達した時、彼は今年のワールド·ベースボール·クラシック大会で日本を優勝に導き、アジア人として初めてメジャーリーグホームラン王になる新記録を樹立した。 キャリアに大きな異変がなければ、彼は引退まで野球史上最高の選手の1人になるかもしれない。


大谷は2023年12月10日、ロサンゼルスドジャースと10年7億ドルの契約を結んだ。これはアメリカのプロスポーツ史上最大の契約である。長期的な怪我がなければ、彼はきっと素晴らしいパフォーマンスでキャリアを終えるだろう。5年後、彼はどのくらいの地位に上っているのだろうか? 彼のキャリアの旅を見ているだけで野球ファンはドキドキしている。


Recent Posts

See All

Bình luận

bottom of page