Shohei Ohtani hit it how hard?
By Evan Desai
Shohei Ohtani will forever be must-see television.
He proved it again. The LA Angels haven’t even been winning this year, but Shohei Ohtani draws a ridiculous amount of eyes on the team every night. In this edition of superhuman athletic feats from the DH/SP/OF, he hit a home run harder than any Angels home run since at least 2015.
Look at that swing. I think he knew the ball was out before he even hit it. When you have a swing like that, you’re going to hit a lot of balls over the fence.
In fact, he’s now tied for second in the MLB with 15 home runs.
Yep, the Angels have an elite pitcher who hits every day, and is already at 15 home runs through just 47 games.
It shouldn’t be possible. It shouldn’t be legal. It literally feels like the Angels have hacked the sport.
This is video game stuff. It’s also history. Not just history in the making, though.
Ohtani has already made plenty of history with this homer.
It’s not even just that he has the five pitching outings. It’s that he’s pitching incredibly. His 2.37 ERA is much better than Ruth’s 2.97 ERA in 1919.
It’s also not just that he has 15 home runs. It’s that we’re 47 games into the season and he’s already there. He’s on pace for 51-52 home runs this year.
It’s absurd. Ohtani does something absurd every night.
Everybody knew Ohtani could hit home runs. Everybody knew he could hit them hard. Hitting them 117 miles per hour is just unfair, though.
Ohtani is the Most Valuable Player in the AL, and he rubs it in every night these days.