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By David Rice
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 08: Cleveland Indians fans watch the game against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning under the logo for the 2019 All-Star game at Progressive Field on August 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 08: Cleveland Indians fans watch the game against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning under the logo for the 2019 All-Star game at Progressive Field on August 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images) /
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Shohei Ohtani has given the Angels a lift. Can he make the All-Star team
ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim strikes out swinging as catcher Beau Taylor #46 of the Oakland Athletics looks for the ball during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Angel Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Ohtani struck out swinging. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /

Shohei Ohtani is making a late push to be an All-Star

In the first month of the season Shohei Ohtani sat and waited for his opportunity to contribute for the LA Angels. This is the same Shohei Ohtani who turned Major League Baseball on its ear in 2018 when he successfully was able to both pitch and hit effectively in the same season.

Ohtani’s success did not go unnoticed as he was chosen as the AL Rookie of the Year in 2018 for his amazing debut season. This season Ohtani cannot pitch due to a UCL tear in his right elbow that forced him to be only a designated hitter this season.

Ohtani started slowly, but has heated up in recent weeks and if he continues to stay hot, Ohtani may end up finding himself representing the Angels in Cleveland at the All-Star Game.

As of now Ohtani is hitting .281 with 8 homers and 26 RBIs with a .350 OBP.  What makes Ohtani even better is that many of his hits have either tied or won games for the Angels.

Ohtani is a special player with power to all fields. He can also beat you with his legs as he did on Monday night’s game against the Dodgers where he hustled home beating a high throw by Max Muncy to score the winning run.

As popular as Ohtani has been throughout baseball since his arrival it would be a great move to include him on this year’s AL All-Star team.  I’m not saying just put him on the roster to get publicity, but if his numbers are worthy he should definitely be included in this year’s game. If Ohtani had not been injured for the first month of the season he possibly could have already nailed down an all-star spot.

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