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LA Angels Weekly Buzz: Shohei Ohtani Speaks

By Vincent Page
ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 09: Shohei Ohtani is seen onstage during a press conference introducing Ohtani to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on December 9, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 09: Shohei Ohtani is seen onstage during a press conference introducing Ohtani to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on December 9, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a single to center field during the ninth inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Athletics 5-4. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a single to center field during the ninth inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Athletics 5-4. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /

The LA Angels, like the rest of the MLB (outside of Atlanta), have been quiet to begin the offseason. However, there have been plenty players linked to the Angels, along with coaching hires, and the first post-Tommy John press conference from Shohei Ohtani.

As the one-year anniversary of Shohei Ohtani committing to sign with the LA Angels approaches, the American League Rookie of the Year is rehabbing. However, amidst his recovery, he held a press conference in Japan, his first since repairing his torn UCL in September.

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“Everything was different — the baseball, the culture,” Ohtani said during the presser. “I was aware right away of a higher level of power, technique and speed.” This gives some insight into the struggles Ohtani had during Spring Training, which were so poor some recommended he start the season in the minors.

Other topics discussed included Ohtani’s desire to play in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where baseball will played for the first time in over a decade. While the competition would be during the MLB season, Ohtani admitted he would “love to take part”. Ohtani also assured reporters he believed Tommy John was the right choice for his long-term future.

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