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 (five 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 (five 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

TS: ohtani batting with one arm vs pujols

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 20:27 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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

— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) September 12, 2019

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

i have that same condition, never bothered me

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

how's your fastball?

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 13 September 2019 00:57 (four 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 (four 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.

— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) February 19, 2020

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

begins 1st with a single then 3 walks

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

Will he get an out?

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

He would not.

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

ugh, 5 ER

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

the dreaded infinite (or is it undefined?) ERA

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

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

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

2nd inning exit :/

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

dip in velocity may have prompted hook

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


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

42-pitch second inning -> shower -> MRI

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

strained something pronator, no more pitching this year

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

seven months pass...

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

, Sunday, 21 March 2021 21:59 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Something more than a trivial occurrence:

clemenza, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 00:27 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

94 at eye-level

"Oh my goodness. OH MY goodness. Shohei Ohtani..." #WeBelieve

— Justin Groc (@jgroc) May 18, 2021

mookieproof, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 03:48 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

god I would fuckin hate pitching to that guy

frogbs, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 03:58 (two years ago) link


k3vin k., Tuesday, 18 May 2021 04:16 (two years ago) link

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

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 20 May 2021 00:45 (two years ago) link

his velo is way way down tonight

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

I'm reading 89 mph fastballs?

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 20 May 2021 00:52 (two years ago) link

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

, Thursday, 20 May 2021 01:12 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

2 HRs tonight (Angels are down by 5)

frogbs, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 01:02 (two years ago) link

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

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 July 2021 00:01 (two years ago) link

2 more HRs tonight

frogbs, Saturday, 3 July 2021 03:48 (two years ago) link

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

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 3 July 2021 14:42 (two years ago) link

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

— joon 이준엽 (@joonlee) July 8, 2021

Andy K, Thursday, 8 July 2021 00:41 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

it's a team sport

which consists 95% of moments of individual skill

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 8 July 2021 16:54 (two years ago) link

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

Ohtani to the MOON. 😳

— MLB (@MLB) July 10, 2021

frogbs, Saturday, 10 July 2021 03:14 (two years ago) link

fucking absurd man

k3vin k., Saturday, 10 July 2021 03:22 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

463 feet

k3vin k., Saturday, 10 July 2021 03:31 (two years ago) link

It feels like he should be more talked about.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 02:20 (two years ago) link

and here's why that's bad news for the rangers

i really like that!! (z_tbd), Friday, 25 August 2023 16:39 (three months ago) link

from the Otani alt thread:

Ohtani's Elbow:

Why would LAA want, or let Ohtani pitch this season after the elbow injury? Is there ANY reasoning behind this?

Jay Jaffe:

The Angels had almost nothing to lose by testing Ohtani's elbow. If he has the surgery now, there's a reasonable shot he can still DH for most/all of next season while not pitching, but if they waited until spring for the surgery, he'd be unable to do either.

Jeff Fletcher, who covers the Angels for the Orange County Register, put it well in a tweet:

"If Ohtani had TJ surgery on June 7, 2018 -- the day the sprain was discovered -- he'd be out till 2020.

"If he has it tomorrow, he'll be out till 2020.

"If he has it a week from now, he'll be out till 2020."

― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, September 6, 2018 10:01 AM (four years ago)

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Friday, 25 August 2023 18:04 (three months ago) link

re: 2xTJs. Ryu's been back for 4 starts, ERA+ of 226. hope he continues to pitch effectively

francisF, Friday, 25 August 2023 18:29 (three months ago) link

the thing i'd keep in mind is that contract he has been building up to this offseason is predicated on him being a two way player. he'd still get a giant deal, prob the biggest in the game, if he was going to just be a hitter, but the eye-popping american sports record setting contract that was certainly coming requires him to be valued as a two way player. so my guess is that his people will be in no rush to say "yeah it's best if he never pitches again." even if, realistically speaking, that's where this is inevitably headed

personally i think he's too good of a pitcher to just never pitch again -- especially if he was on a team that genuinely had a chance to win the world series he'd be very valuable in a playoff setting. i could see a team coming up w/ a plan to get him enough starts in the regular season to stay sharp but not really pushing him as a SP until the stretch run/playoffs. or just converting him to a lights out 2 inning reliever.

― J0rdan S., Thursday, August 24, 2023 12:58 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

yeah I’m sure the salary projections are going to have to be adjusted to account for the fact that he’s probably not throwing 180 innings year in and year out. but I don’t see why he wouldn’t keep pitching, as you said he’s really good at it and it’s not like it’s going to make him a worse hitter.

maybe this seems like the wrong time to bring this up but I also don’t really understand why he doesn’t play the field. the injury risk in right field or first base or whatever is minimal and if you really want to talk about the value of opening up a roster spot, why not let someone else DH who otherwise couldn’t add value in the field

k3vin k., Friday, 25 August 2023 20:02 (three months ago) link

should point out I didn’t read the posts that followed that one which mention him playing the field — for the record I was referring to before the injury and in a year or so once he’s recovered, I doubt it would be smart to do it any time in the next 12 months

k3vin k., Friday, 25 August 2023 20:05 (three months ago) link

Before the injury? I might be overthinking it but he wants to pitch. That’s really it. I could see him doing it until his arm falls off, honestly, it seems that important to him. He considers both aspects of his game to be so deeply important that he didn’t sign with an NL team, he calls his own game, and he has eight different pitches that he uses.

ydkb (gyac), Friday, 25 August 2023 20:58 (three months ago) link

Jesus Christ

Of note: Angels GM Perry Minasian said that despite Ohtani suffering from cramping and arm fatigue that caused him to push back starts during this season, the team didn't do any related imaging on his arm until this past week.

— Laura Albanese (@AlbaneseLaura) August 25, 2023

ydkb (gyac), Friday, 25 August 2023 23:38 (three months ago) link

When will the angels change?

H.P, Friday, 25 August 2023 23:42 (three months ago) link

That's incredible.

il lavoro mi rovina la giornata (PBKR), Saturday, 26 August 2023 00:21 (three months ago) link

Don’t ask don’t tell generational talent edition

ydkb (gyac), Saturday, 26 August 2023 00:27 (three months ago) link

just a thought about him playing 1B with a torn UCL...

i would guess not, unless you're just going to give up on him ever pitching again

mookieproof, Saturday, 26 August 2023 00:37 (three months ago) link

It won’t last, so I just want to preserve this.

— Adam Darowski (@baseballtwit) August 24, 2023

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 26 August 2023 15:01 (three months ago) link

, Sunday, 27 August 2023 13:26 (three months ago) link


re: ohtani's upcoming free agency and the effect of this injury on his contract, i wonder if he would consider a contract with incentives depending on how many innings he pitches? i'm just throwing this out there, but say he gets a baseline $25-30M a year for his hitting alone, and then maybe an extra $1M for every 10 innings he pitches, something like that?

i really like that!! (z_tbd), Sunday, 27 August 2023 15:08 (three months ago) link

I could imagine him taking a one year DH deal while his arm heals and then going for the two way contract.

papal hotwife (milo z), Sunday, 27 August 2023 22:08 (three months ago) link

Idly wondering if the Mariners chances of getting him have increased cos of this injury:

- Mariners desperately in need of a big hitter and if they don’t go far in the postseason this year that could be their final piece
- Can work with/rehab with the pitchers they have there and Mariners pitching development is used to rehabbing and rebuilding guys
- the Ichiro factor (he lives there and is at the park and even does leaping outfield catches during bp sometimes)
- lots of promising young talent on the roster to play with (Julio, Kirby, Kelenic etc)
- Ohtani lived in Seattle during two off seasons and liked it!

ydkb (gyac), Monday, 28 August 2023 21:01 (three months ago) link

Julio nicely asking Shohei to vacate the cage for him at the ASG - what could be

On that note, whichever team signs Shohei will likely try to get him to do more for them. He’s kept an extremely low profile considering, but that might change depending on where he signs and what they pay him.

ydkb (gyac), Monday, 28 August 2023 21:04 (three months ago) link

and then maybe an extra $1M for every 10 innings he pitches, something like that?

are you even allowed to do contracts like this? like in the NFL you'd have RBs with incentives like "$5 million if you get 200 carries" where you'd suddenly start seeing the backup a lot more once they hit 150, which might actually be for very legit load management reasons but also tends to give everyone conspiracybrain

frogbs, Monday, 28 August 2023 21:06 (three months ago) link

you can, but I think they can only be based on playing time and awards. So like Yelich's contract he gets:

$100,000 for MVP ($75,000 for second in vote, $50,000 for third). $50,000 each for All Star, Silver Slugger, WS MVP, Aaron Award, Comeback Player of Year. $25,000 each for Gold Glove, LCS MVP.

Jesse Winker (to pick another Brewer) gets:

2023 performance bonuses: $100,000 each for 500, 550 plate appearances. $200,000 for 600 PA.
award bonuses: $150,000 for MVP. $100,000 for WS MVP. $50,000 each for All Star election, LCS MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove. $25,000 for All Star selection.

The Yellow Kid, Monday, 28 August 2023 21:17 (three months ago) link

i think a team would be fine to give him a contract based on an incentive structure around i.e. innings pitched

the thing is that all that really matters in the contract negotiations is leverage. i think ohtani's people will say "he is going to be an elite starting pitcher and an elite hitter and his contract will reflect that." there is no reason for him to accept anything based on incentives unless no team is offering him a contract that values him as a full time pitcher. and maybe that's what will happen, but if the bidding gets intense enough then the leverage very likely shifts ohtani's way to the point that a team may have to pay him like a full time SP to win his signature over other bidders. maybe every suitor holds the line on the pitching thing. i bet one caves tho

J0rdan S., Monday, 28 August 2023 21:29 (three months ago) link

i bet one caves tho

yeah, same. it's easy to make the "a rich guy will win prediction" but iirc super-rich people sometimes have this ego problem where they have to have the biggest prize, and one of those guys is likely to pay a premium for him

i really like that!! (z_tbd), Monday, 28 August 2023 21:44 (three months ago) link

If I was more motivated I'd like to track on Statcast what his SLG average is pre/post UCL tear. Anecdotally it seems like he's still hitting but without pre-injury launch angle/batspeed or both.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 30 August 2023 00:10 (three months ago) link

I mean, it would be a tiny sample either way

k3vin k., Wednesday, 30 August 2023 00:32 (three months ago) link

Shohei Ohtani came up with discomfort and was limping after this play and headed to the clubhouse.

— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) August 29, 2023

, Wednesday, 30 August 2023 01:53 (three months ago) link

truly cursed organization

Today was Angels photo day. But Shohei Ohtani wasn’t available for it. So they used a body double, and will presumably photoshop him in. He was taken through a back exit by Angels PR.

— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) September 5, 2023

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 September 2023 23:11 (two months ago) link

Ohtani hasn’t played in a game since the 3rd. :( he was supposed to be in the lineup yesterday but was scratched and wasn’t in it today.

The Angels medical team might be worse than the Yankees’.

ydkb (gyac), Wednesday, 13 September 2023 20:08 (two months ago) link

Has he been spotted in the dugout? I'm curious if he low-key flew back to JP to get a second opinion on his injury.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 13 September 2023 21:56 (two months ago) link

Huh. I didn’t know the answer, last picture of him on Getty images is September 3rd.

ydkb (gyac), Wednesday, 13 September 2023 21:58 (two months ago) link

He was "unavailable" for the team picture on Sept 5th.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 13 September 2023 22:03 (two months ago) link

Yeah saw that, but had no idea he wasn’t even in the dugout until you just brought it up. He must be back if they listed him as available but I haven’t seen mention if him being seen there on Twitter.

ydkb (gyac), Wednesday, 13 September 2023 22:29 (two months ago) link

He was on the field in Philly on 9/8 so my theory is debunked.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 13 September 2023 22:58 (two months ago) link

Man needed to get a cheesesteak in, fuck it, seasons done

ydkb (gyac), Wednesday, 13 September 2023 23:01 (two months ago) link

Shohei Ohtani’s locker has been cleared out. There’s a bag that’s packed.

The Angels have declined to say tonight why this is happening or what it means.

— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) September 16, 2023

ydkb (gyac), Saturday, 16 September 2023 08:38 (two months ago) link

Welp... what a wacky ending to one of the most unusual seasons on record.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 16 September 2023 11:02 (two months ago) link

If the Angels actually ruined him by running him out every day & not treating him properly - can you fucking imagine

ydkb (gyac), Saturday, 16 September 2023 11:05 (two months ago) link

Just tallied his stats... bref has him at 10.0 WAR (6.0 batting + 4.0 pitching) which has him tied for 173rd in highest single season WAR ever (6th highest among active players, what is up 2009 Zack Greinke!?):

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 16 September 2023 11:21 (two months ago) link

wrong link there (that's just batters), correct link for pitchers/batters:

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 16 September 2023 11:27 (two months ago) link

West coast Mets

omar little, Saturday, 16 September 2023 16:58 (two months ago) link

please. there is a nobility to the mets' failings that LAA can only dream of

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Saturday, 16 September 2023 17:52 (two months ago) link

On the IL with oblique injury, season officially done

ydkb (gyac), Saturday, 16 September 2023 17:54 (two months ago) link

glad I can say I saw him play, even if it was only hitting.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 16 September 2023 18:28 (two months ago) link

Shohei Ohtani had surgery this morning. Here’s a statement from his agent, Nez Balelo …

— Alden González (@Alden_Gonzalez) September 19, 2023

To me this sounds like possible elbow brace procedure?

ydkb (gyac), Tuesday, 19 September 2023 21:57 (two months ago) link

Worth noting that the MD who performed the surgery is the Head Team Physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 19 September 2023 22:20 (two months ago) link

Same doc who just worked on Aaron Rodgers as well.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 19 September 2023 22:23 (two months ago) link

he does all the big stars now that james andrews is in his 80s

mookieproof, Tuesday, 19 September 2023 22:25 (two months ago) link

xps yeah Dr Robert Anderson is the foot equivalent for a ton of teams as well

ydkb (gyac), Tuesday, 19 September 2023 22:52 (two months ago) link

the lebron james of elbows

k3vin k., Tuesday, 19 September 2023 23:36 (two months ago) link

not quite the takedown i was expecting but still a good read

, Saturday, 30 September 2023 11:13 (two months ago) link

I'm not sure what you were expecting, I think the Angels got eviscerated in that piece. What a backwards, messed up organization.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 30 September 2023 12:46 (two months ago) link

The Angels now offer meals in spring training, and for all its flaws, the minor-league facility at least has an indoor weight room.

I’m going to get fined for being right, again (gyac), Saturday, 30 September 2023 13:38 (two months ago) link

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