shohei ohtani alert

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Homered in three straight games, has an OPS of 1.310 and a FIP of 3.65.

Is he Babe Ruth? Or better, cause Ruth couldn't throw 95?

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Saturday, 7 April 2018 17:48 (four years ago) link

nvm just saw the other thread, y'all can lock this if you like

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Saturday, 7 April 2018 17:49 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

Source: #Angels cautiously optimistic Shohei Ohtani will play again this season — at least as a hitter and possibly in both roles. @MLB @MLBNetwork

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 11, 2018

Scioscia said the Angels’ medical staff is “very optimistic” about Shohei Ohtani’s prognosis. Still two to three weeks from seeing whether PRP injection took hold. Ohtani is taking one-armed swings in batting cage.

— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 18, 2018

https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/shohei-ohtani-and-the-implications/

TS: ohtani batting with one arm vs pujols

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:27 (four years ago) link

dammit, lock thread would be nice, esp as this is the one with the spelling that aligns with the way sportswriters here spell his name

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:28 (four years ago) link

I looked up the 2 other Japanese->MLB players with "大" as the first kanji in their family name and they were split on the romanization of O- vs. Oh-:

大家友和 - Tomokazu Ohka
大塚晶則 - Akinori Otsuka

I think I wrote in the other thread, we don't romanize the characters of Osaka city as "Ohsaka".

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 22:21 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Shohei Ohtani’s season is over. He’s having knee surgery. Didn’t see that one coming. Justin Upton was the one who had an MRI on his knee. #Angels https://t.co/VTdRtIm6g5

— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) September 12, 2019

na (NA), Thursday, 12 September 2019 20:51 (three years ago) link

i have that same condition, never bothered me

johnny crunch, Thursday, 12 September 2019 21:44 (three years ago) link

how's your fastball?

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 13 September 2019 00:57 (three years ago) link

i threw on one of those in-stadium radar gun setups a few yrs ago & my shoulder is sore just thinking abt it

johnny crunch, Friday, 13 September 2019 01:50 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

in the hulkiest shape of his life

Shohei Ohtani said he swam and shot some hoops this offseason as part of his training. pic.twitter.com/qfdID6CKzd

— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) February 19, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 23 February 2020 18:15 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

in case u didnt know, on mound vs Oakland now

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 26 July 2020 20:30 (two years ago) link

begins 1st with a single then 3 walks

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 26 July 2020 20:36 (two years ago) link

Will he get an out?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 26 July 2020 20:44 (two years ago) link

He would not.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 26 July 2020 20:48 (two years ago) link

ugh, 5 ER

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 26 July 2020 20:53 (two years ago) link

the dreaded infinite (or is it undefined?) ERA

mookieproof, Sunday, 26 July 2020 20:56 (two years ago) link

fortunately there is Trout ... 3-run bomb on a 3-0 count

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 26 July 2020 21:22 (two years ago) link

Struck out Springer leading off, so he has an ERA now.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 2 August 2020 20:15 (two years ago) link

1-2-3 first! It's 45.00.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 2 August 2020 20:17 (two years ago) link

2nd inning exit :/

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 2 August 2020 20:59 (two years ago) link

dip in velocity may have prompted hook

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 2 August 2020 21:13 (two years ago) link

damn

k3vin k., Sunday, 2 August 2020 21:27 (two years ago) link

42-pitch second inning -> shower -> MRI

Andy K, Monday, 3 August 2020 02:28 (two years ago) link

strained something pronator, no more pitching this year

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 4 August 2020 02:18 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

2-2, BB
4IP 1ER 2BB 5K

, Sunday, 21 March 2021 21:59 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Something more than a trivial occurrence:

twitter.com/Angels/status/1386713631207792642

clemenza, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 00:27 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

94 at eye-level

"Oh my goodness. OH MY goodness. Shohei Ohtani..." #WeBelieve pic.twitter.com/FNAcTDiXO3

— Justin Groc (@jgroc) May 18, 2021

mookieproof, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 03:48 (one year ago) link

Don’t think you’re meant to be able to do that

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Tuesday, 18 May 2021 03:52 (one year ago) link

god I would fuckin hate pitching to that guy

frogbs, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 03:58 (one year ago) link

whoa

k3vin k., Tuesday, 18 May 2021 04:16 (one year ago) link

So sad to think he won't make the post-season.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 20 May 2021 00:45 (one year ago) link

his velo is way way down tonight

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 20 May 2021 00:48 (one year ago) link

I'm reading 89 mph fastballs?

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 20 May 2021 00:52 (one year ago) link

he's throwing up to 95 now in the 4th

, Thursday, 20 May 2021 01:12 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

2 HRs tonight (Angels are down by 5)

frogbs, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 01:02 (one year ago) link

a pittsburgher i follow drove to nyc specifically to see ohtani tonight and lol

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 July 2021 00:01 (one year ago) link

2 more HRs tonight

frogbs, Saturday, 3 July 2021 03:48 (one year ago) link

I would never in a million years bet on Ohtani having the season he’s having right now.

Folks need to stop comparing Shohei Ohtani to Babe Ruth

Shohei Ohtani is the first Shohei Ohtani

Nobody’s ever done what he’s done in a half season, and it’s somehow still not getting enough media coverage https://t.co/cGY2CzpeUn

— joon 이준엽 (@joonlee) July 8, 2021

Andy K, Thursday, 8 July 2021 00:41 (one year ago) link

I agree that there aren't enough superlatives to describe what he's doing.

However, when it comes to Ohtani, there can never be enough comparisons to Babe Ruth. Babe f'n Ruth!!

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 8 July 2021 08:22 (one year ago) link

The need for the angels to make the playoffs only grows more and more urgent

Michael F Gill, Thursday, 8 July 2021 15:51 (one year ago) link

when is he a free agent? he will be an LA dodger or a boston red sock or a new york motherfucker in a couple years

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Thursday, 8 July 2021 16:01 (one year ago) link

yea he seems like one of those players who could singlehandedly rescue the sport but having him play on the West Coast on a team that's 4th in their division sucks. crazy if the Angels miss the playoffs yet again despite having 2 generational talents on their team

frogbs, Thursday, 8 July 2021 16:49 (one year ago) link

it's a team sport

which consists 95% of moments of individual skill

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 8 July 2021 16:54 (one year ago) link

this is one of the hardest hit balls I've ever seen

Ohtani to the MOON. 😳 pic.twitter.com/BeZ3Ek9gF6

— MLB (@MLB) July 10, 2021

frogbs, Saturday, 10 July 2021 03:14 (one year ago) link

fucking absurd man

k3vin k., Saturday, 10 July 2021 03:22 (one year ago) link

I don't know about you but I cannot see the ball post-impact with Ohtani's bat. I think he hit it so hard it disintegrated into fucking quarks.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 10 July 2021 03:26 (one year ago) link

you can just briefly see it shoot straight up, it kind of looks like the 600-foot pop up from Major League

frogbs, Saturday, 10 July 2021 03:29 (one year ago) link

463 feet

k3vin k., Saturday, 10 July 2021 03:31 (one year ago) link

It feels like he should be more talked about.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 02:20 (one year ago) link

Ha!

To be fair, he still actually didn’t look bad in that start.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 28 May 2022 03:38 (six months ago) link

three weeks pass...

8 RBIs on Tuesday, then on Wednesday 8 shutout innings and 13 Ks

going to go out on a limb and say nothing like that's ever been done before

Angels only won one of those games lol

frogbs, Thursday, 23 June 2022 13:26 (five months ago) link

damn, 94 game score on that last start, too.

pretttty good

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Thursday, 23 June 2022 15:10 (five months ago) link

going to go out on a limb and say nothing like that's ever been done before

if anyone else, it was probably Ruth, and i don't think they struck out that many people back then

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Thursday, 23 June 2022 15:10 (five months ago) link

Absolutely unreal

Allen (etaeoe), Thursday, 23 June 2022 16:15 (five months ago) link

A night after homering twice and setting a career-high with eight RBIs at the plate, Ohtani set another career high with 13 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings to help lift the Angels to a 5-0 win over the Royals on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium. Unsurprisingly, Ohtani, who retired 23 of the last 24 batters he faced, became the first player in AL/NL history to have at least eight RBIs in a game and strike out at least 10 batters the next day.

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Thursday, 23 June 2022 16:33 (five months ago) link

Never had an 8-RBI game:
 
Babe Ruth
Henry Aaron
Barry Bonds
Albert Pujols
 
Never had a 13-K game:
 
Lefty Grove
Catfish Hunter
Jack Morris
Tom Glavine
 
Ohtani did both - in consecutive days.
 
🦄

— Paul Hembekides (@PaulHembo) June 23, 2022

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Thursday, 23 June 2022 20:18 (five months ago) link

i am...weird not impressed at all by that list of pitchers, but for hitters, that's eye-opening.

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Thursday, 23 June 2022 20:19 (five months ago) link

I mean so much of that is luck - how often is a 3-4 line with 2 HRs gonna result in 8 RBIs?

frogbs, Thursday, 23 June 2022 20:48 (five months ago) link

exactly shohei ohtani amount of the time

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Thursday, 23 June 2022 20:49 (five months ago) link

xp not to mention in a loss . . . to the royals

mookieproof, Thursday, 23 June 2022 20:51 (five months ago) link

Sorry, but a little more Shohei Derangement Syndrome on mlb.com (lead story):

Ho-hum...just a little more history for Shohei

Shohei Ohtani became the first player since the RBI became an official stat in 1920 to strike out 10 on the mound, drive in two runs and steal a base.

He also scored a run--how did they fail to mention that?

clemenza, Thursday, 7 July 2022 01:50 (four months ago) link

Next year the league will five extra wild cards and still Ohtani and Trout won’t make the playoffs.

Michael F Gill, Thursday, 7 July 2022 14:17 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I did not know he threw this hard

101.2 MPH FROM SHOHEI OHTANI!! THE HARDEST FASTBALL OF HIS MLB CAREER!!

pic.twitter.com/DHclcTxw5q

— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) July 23, 2022

frogbs, Saturday, 23 July 2022 04:33 (four months ago) link

he was really humming through 6 innings last night, then couldn’t get an out in the 7th

k3vin k., Saturday, 23 July 2022 13:35 (four months ago) link

if we played 7-inning games that’s when the closer would come in. ~think abt it~

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 23 July 2022 14:04 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

I never knew that--for one season, anyway--Fergie Jenkins was such a good hitter. In 1971, the year he won his Cy (and put up a 10.1 bWAR), he had a slash line of .243/.282/.478, hit six HR, and knocked in 20. There are--according to a graphic on FB today--nine pitchers with 20 wins and 20 RBI in the same season, and Jenkins is the only one later than 1948 (Bob Lemon). That'll be a hard one for Ohtani to match.

clemenza, Thursday, 1 September 2022 22:32 (three months ago) link

he did manage to be the first to win 10 and hit 30 HRs in the same season

Karl Malone, Thursday, 1 September 2022 23:13 (three months ago) link

i was looking at greg maddux's stats again, the other day. he only touched 20 wins twice, both in the early 90s, despite having an extraordinarily consistent, excellent career featuring a bunch of braves teams that were good throughout the 90s

Karl Malone, Thursday, 1 September 2022 23:15 (three months ago) link

ohtani has 11 stolen bases, and 9 times caught stealing this year

Karl Malone, Sunday, 11 September 2022 02:45 (two months ago) link

This is a pro-Ohtani MVP piece, making the case that WAR can't adequately capture his value:

https://www.mlb.com/news/shohei-ohtani-mvp-race-value-by-war

It does, though, in point #4, get at something I was clumsily trying to explain last year (not sure if I posted about it here; I'd talk about it with friends): that his two-wayness can also present a problem for his manager in having to make a lot of other decisions that other managers don't have to. Basically, he becomes the primary focus you have to work around at all times.

This is a small cost for a huge return--I realize that! But I think it's part of the whole picture.

clemenza, Thursday, 15 September 2022 14:04 (two months ago) link

I don't really get the argument. Did people say that about David Ortiz or Edgar Martinez or other outstanding DHs who rarely took the field?

He so happens to be on the same roster as one of the best players ever, who has battled some serious injuries the past few years and could use some "DH rest". But Ohtani would be the best hitter on two thirds of all other MLB clubs. Why wouldn't you want to get him as many at bats as possible?

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 15 September 2022 21:30 (two months ago) link

yeah, agreed. the same "problem" that ohtani causes (not being able to use the DH to give other position players rest) is the same one that any team with a good DH has to confront

Karl Malone, Thursday, 15 September 2022 22:01 (two months ago) link

in some places it's called "a good problem to have"

Karl Malone, Thursday, 15 September 2022 22:02 (two months ago) link

also, gotta say, until this season, not having a dedicated spot (DH) to rotate tiring position players into was the lot of ...every single national league manager of the last century+

Karl Malone, Thursday, 15 September 2022 22:03 (two months ago) link

fwiw i think judge will win the mvp and it won't be particularly close

Karl Malone, Thursday, 15 September 2022 22:04 (two months ago) link

suspect ohtani will have some more seasons of being the runaway WAR leader like last year, so might as well let someone else have a turn this year while you can justify it

ciderpress, Thursday, 15 September 2022 22:07 (two months ago) link

judge is getting near 10.0 fWAR, also, just scanning the list of all-time single season HR records, and it's all sosa, mcgwire, bonds. i try not to be too puritanical about but in the same way that i wanted pujols to get ahead of a-rod, it will pretty cool for a non ped player to hit 60+ HRs (please judge and pujols, don't let me down via news in the future)

Karl Malone, Thursday, 15 September 2022 22:14 (two months ago) link

I don’t know why, but I feel like being a top hitter and a top pitcher can’t go on for very long. I can’t rationalize it, he’s obviously insanely talented…. Maybe it was his rocky start to pitching in the majors? I hope he keeps doing this for a very long time, but the deep recesses of my brain are like “literally impossible.”

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 15 September 2022 23:05 (two months ago) link

cc otm

mookieproof, Thursday, 15 September 2022 23:32 (two months ago) link

I wonder what it’d do for ohtani’s WAR if he played right field on his non-pitching days instead of DH.

k3vin k., Thursday, 15 September 2022 23:46 (two months ago) link

would depend on how badly he sucked out there

Karl Malone, Thursday, 15 September 2022 23:48 (two months ago) link

I’m sure he’d be above average. he’s a great athlete

k3vin k., Friday, 16 September 2022 00:03 (two months ago) link

he’d throw some people out, it’d be sick

k3vin k., Friday, 16 September 2022 00:03 (two months ago) link

i hate the city connect jerseys in general but the angels one should become their primary

, Sunday, 18 September 2022 03:50 (two months ago) link

no hitting the As through 7

frogbs, Friday, 30 September 2022 04:01 (two months ago) link

he's just doing this to spite clemenza

mookieproof, Friday, 30 September 2022 04:07 (two months ago) link

not quite spiteful enough, i guess

mookieproof, Friday, 30 September 2022 04:09 (two months ago) link

He’ll just have to be content with being a more accurate comparison to Babe Ruth I guess.

barry sito (gyac), Friday, 30 September 2022 07:49 (two months ago) link

Clemenza's a fan! (Say that in a Bob Dole voice.) My objection--still is--was more to mlb.com giving him screaming headlines every time he picked up a fork--specifically for accomplishments that weren't especially significant once you have already established he's a two-way player and will do a variety of things that are a by-product of that.

OHTANI CHARTS NEW TERRITORY!!! And then you'd read on to find out he was the first player to hit a double and strike out the side in the same game since x (almost always Ruth).

Seeing him pitch against the Jays this summer helped open my eyes--love his motion. And he's going be on the shortlist of greatest seasons ever by an MVP runner-up, I assume.

clemenza, Friday, 30 September 2022 12:51 (two months ago) link

he needed 9 innings to qualify for the ERA title (apparently would have been the first player to ever qualify both as a pitcher and a hitter?) and pitched 8…

k3vin k., Friday, 30 September 2022 13:10 (two months ago) link

Two way players being so common these days ofc

barry sito (gyac), Friday, 30 September 2022 13:49 (two months ago) link

My objection--still is--was more to ilxor.com giving him screaming headlines every time he picked up a fork--specifically for accomplishments that weren't especially significant once you have already established he's a two-way player guy who hits runs and will occasionally hit runs do a variety of things that are a by-product of that.

This is obvs not entirely serious… but I don’t get how the guy doing shit that is extraordinary is the one overhyped.

barry sito (gyac), Friday, 30 September 2022 14:04 (two months ago) link

Because they were hyping things that weren't always extraordinary. Some of the things they were hyping were bound to happen the second his name was penciled into the lineup. Quirk of mine--really not a big deal.

clemenza, Friday, 30 September 2022 14:25 (two months ago) link

A perfect example is the one I posted earlier in this thread:

"Hitting third and making his first start on the mound at Fenway Park, Ohtani became the first starting pitcher to bat in one of the top four spots in a game at the historic ballpark since Babe Ruth did so on Sept. 20, 1919."

That was a headline story. He's the starting pitcher that day, and he's batting near the top of the order, as you would expect. The game hasn't started yet.

clemenza, Friday, 30 September 2022 14:29 (two months ago) link

Btw

OHTANI CHARTS NEW TERRITORY!!! And then you'd read on to find out he was the first player to hit a double and strike out the side in the same game since x (almost always Ruth).

I don’t think it’s unreasonable to hold this against him given the majority of people who saw Babe Ruth play are now dead. We are either more than a century or getting on from some of these feats!

barry sito (gyac), Friday, 30 September 2022 15:01 (two months ago) link

reasonable, not unreasonable

barry sito (gyac), Friday, 30 September 2022 15:09 (two months ago) link

I get what you're saying, but I don't think you get what I'm saying. In the headline I cited, the feat is that he's been penciled into the lineup. He hasn't actually done anything yet.

clemenza, Friday, 30 September 2022 18:40 (two months ago) link

Our man has apparently signed a 1 year 30m deal a

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Saturday, 1 October 2022 20:56 (two months ago) link

Pitched another great game. If they gave him the MVP, I'd be surprised and it wouldn't be my vote, but I wouldn't argue against it very strenuously.

clemenza, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 23:54 (one month ago) link


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