Shohei Ohtani: LA Angels fans still showing Ohtani love in All-Star voting
By Evan Desai
LA Angels fans just need to keep doing what they’ve been doing exceptionally well for one and a half more days, and that is voting for Shohei Ohtani to be an All-Star.
The second standings update was just released by the MLB on Monday, and Ohtani‘s in a great spot. He leads all AL DH’s in voting with 35%. It’s comically higher than the next best candidate, J.D. Martinez, who is at 16%.
Red Sox fans might as well just give it up. J.D. isn’t the guy. Ohtani’s performance this year has put Martinez, and all other DH’s, to shame.
Shohei Ohtani deserves to advance to Phase 2 of All-Star voting with the No. 1 spot.
Keep voting for Shohei Ohtani to get to Phase 2 of voting up through 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. Then, vote for him in Phase 2. The way it works is that Phase 1 dictates which three players of each position in each league (nine for each league when it comes to outfielders) advance to Phase 2.
Then, in Phase 2, you guys will be voting as many times as you possibly can to make sure Ohtani starts the Midsummer Classic.
I shouldn’t even have to explain why, but it’s pretty fun to look at how much better Ohtani is then all of these other DH’s, so I’m gonna lay it out for you.
Ohtani is tied for fourth among AL DH’s in batting average (.272), in the top five of on-base percentage (.357), has a dominant lead in slugging percentage (.649), has seven more home runs (23) than the next closest DH, leads in RBI (54), and has a commanding lead in fWAR at 2.7 (as just a designated hitter; I’ll get into that in a little bit).
He’s in the top four in BB% at 10.7%, and leads the group with a 45.7% hard-hit percentage. That’s correct. He absolutely mashes the baseball almost every other time he makes contact.
His fWAR as a DH is already 0.7 points higher than the next best. Now, let me throw in his total fWAR.
He has an fWAR on the mound of 1.2 to go along with his remaining 2.7. So really, he’s almost doubled the next-highest WAR out of any DH in this league.
Not only is he the most powerful DH in the league, but he also is his team’s Ace on the mound, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.70 ERA in 10 starts.
There’s literally nothing he can’t do. Did I mention he can fly? Well, he can.
He leads DH’s with 10 stolen bases this year (all stats in this article are what they were entering the Giants series on Tuesday). That’s seven more than the DH with the second-highest amount of stolen bases.
There shouldn’t even be a vote for this position. It couldn’t be anymore clear-cut that Ohtani deserves to start the All-Star Game. However, there of course is a vote.
Continue to do your part up through Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, and then let’s dominate Phase 2.