How did Shohei Ohtani Become One of the Best Players in MLB?


Shohei Ohtani doing what he does everyday, hitting a homerun.

Shohei Ohtani is a 26-year-old professional baseball player who was born in Oshu, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. When he was young, his father taught him how to play baseball. Soon enough, he perfected baseball and is now a multi-millionaire throwing a 101mph+ pitch. 


During his days in high school, he played baseball. When Ohtani wanted to leave to go to the US back in 2016, his coach forced him not to go because he was the best player on his team. The coach wanted Ohtani to lead them to the Pacific League Championship and Japan Series Title 2016. He ended up winning several personal accolades and was the fastest Japanese pitcher in NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) history to ever pitch a 102.5 mph ball. In 2017, Ohtani finally decided to move to the US to sign a contract with the Major League Baseball (MLB). While in the US, he was receiving many interests from some of the biggest baseball clubs in the world, including the Texas Rangers, Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and the New York Yankees, but as of December 2017, he has become a contracted player for the Los Angeles Angels. 


While training as a player for the Angels, Ohtani appeared in 65 games, with a record hitting average of .332, eight home runs, and 29 strikeouts. However, he had to stop playing for a while due to an ankle injury he had back in 2016. He soon then became the first Japanese baseball player on the Los Angeles Angels. He has won many awards, including the Designated Hitter Best Nine, back in 2016, Pacific League Pitcher Best Nine (2016), which he won two times, he also received the Nippon Professional Most Valuable Player Award. He won that award because he was such a stunning player during the season. His parents like to take care of his finances, so his mother puts around $1,000 in his personal banking account, but now him being one of the best MLB players in the world, there is no need to be putting money in his account since he is already making millions of dollars every year. As of 2021, Ohtani has hit 45 home runs during his career, and he also hit a 470-ft home run.