He started on the bump, going three-up, three-down in just 14 pitches. He did this against a star-studded top of the NL All-Star lineup; facing Fernando Tatis Jr., Max Muncy, and Nolan Arenado.
Historic it was. Shohei Ohtani’s so amazing that the league literally had to change the rules of the game so the Ace could start on the mound as well as start the game as a DH in the leadoff spot.
Shohei Ohtani put the LA Angels on the map once again with his dominance in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game.
Shohei Ohtani put all of his silly velocity critics in their place during his outing.
Ohtani hit 100 a few times in just the 14 pitches, which is pretty insane considering he showed his strength at the plate just last night in the Home Run Derby. He’s the only player in Derby history to ever record six 500-foot bombs in a Home Run Derby.
That 100.2 mph fastball was the hardest pitch he’s thrown all year. His second-hardest was a 100.1 mph fastball he threw in his first start of the season.
There’s only one other Japanese-born pitcher to start the game (Hideo Nomo in ’95). The dude’s a cheat code. We already knew this, but being able to watch him accomplish this on a stage this huge is important.
Just being able to leadoff the game as the starting DH as well as start on the mound was an accomplishment in itself, but doing what he’s done throughout the entire All-Star break cements himself as the face of baseball.