Starting in the Home Run Derby, Ohtani was must-see TV. Well, he was even must-see TV even before the Derby started.
We knew from that moment that Ohtani would show out in this year’s All-Star events. Everyone couldn’t wait to see Sho-Time in action.
LA Angels two-way sensation, Shohei Ohtani, performed great in both the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game.
LA Angels fans started the Home Run Derby a little nervous, as Shohei Ohtani struggled to get going.
Once he got into his groove, though, he was unstoppable. Catching Juan Soto’s 22 home runs, he forced Soto to an extra round, and even a swing-off after that as well.
He was the first player in MLB history to ever record six 500-foot home runs in a Home Run Derby.
Then, in the All-Star Game, Shohei Ohtani started the game for the AL as the DH at the leadoff spot in the batting lineup, as well as on the mound.
On the bump, he had to face a gauntlet of superstar NL hitters. He handled all of them with ease.
Ohtani handled Fernando Tatis Jr., Max Muncy, and Nolan Arenado with ease. He retired all three in just 14 pitches.
Ohtani hit 100 a few times in his outing, and even threw a 100.2 mph fastball, which is the hardest pitch he’s thrown all year.
Ohtani performed exceptionally well all All-Star break, and proved that he’s the face of baseball once again.