Shohei OhtaniSeason of the Monster 2021 doesn’t just raise MLB nationwide awareness … Angels superstar opens eyes to GLOBE – so says Rick ankiel.
The former St. Louis Cardinals star – who was the last MLB player before Ohtani to have huge success as both a hitter and a pitcher – broke it all for TMZ Sports this week … explain that Shohei is simply electric.
“Look, there’s nothing the guy can’t do on a baseball field,” said Ankiel, who Ohtani just passed on to the MLB All-Time Rankings.
“Watching what he does is definitely must-see television… every time I see it, I stop.”
Ankiel says that because of Ohtani’s ties to Japan… the incredible year he is spending brings eyes to the sport that might never have been worn otherwise.
“I think you’re going to have a lot of kids who maybe see it for the first time at the All-Star Game, see it and go out into the backyard and try to hit like Ohtani and throw like Ohtani and try to be that growing up, ”Ankiel said.
“I think it’s fantastic.”
Ohtani already has 32 ridiculous homers this season with a stellar batting average of .279… and he’s the clear favorite for AL MVP at the moment.
Oh, and by the way, he also has a 3.49 ERA and a 4-1 record as a pitcher.
Yeah, Ankiel isn’t lying … the guy is REALLY good at baseball !!
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