Shohei Ohtani’s legend continues to grow as he not only joined Babe Ruth in MLB history on Tuesday night, but he also passed a Japanese baseball icon, Ichiro Suzuki.
The Los Angeles Angels are on course for another losing season in 2022, however, that hasn’t slowed Ohtani’s continued success. If the 28-year-old had just played the outfield for the Halos, he would still be considered a legitimate All-Star talent and among the top 30 athletes in the sport. But Ohtani is so much more than that as a rare player who also makes it to the mound every five days as a member of Los Angeles’ starting rotation.
Ohtani’s unique skill set channeling early MLB legends is what separates him from his contemporaries. Not only is he a good hitter and defender, but he also has All-Star-level talent as a pitcher. On Tuesday night, he showcased his full repertoire of talent.
Last night the Angels earned their 48th win of the season in a 5-1 win over the Oakland Athletics. Unsurprisingly, Ohtani was key to the win as he went 2-3, hit a home run and scored two runs. However, he also pitched six innings, had five strikeouts and allowed no runs for his 10th win of the season. In earning her 10th victory, the Japanese star joined Ruth as the only player in MLB history to record 10 homers and 10 wins in the same season. A statistic that has not been reached in 102 years.