Shohei Ohtani joins even more legendary company with new historic feat

Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports /

Look, we were all about as amazed as we could possibly be when Shohei Ohtani hit back-to-back triples on Saturday for the LA Angels.

It was pretty insane that he could just do that, but it’s also even more insane when considering the company that he now has something in common with.

After the two three-baggers, Ohtani now has seven triples on the year (all stats in this article are as of September 26th). That’s one behind the Major League lead, and tied for first in the American League.

Shohei Ohtani being mentioned with Willie Mays shows how special this year is for the LA Angels’ two-way sensation.

Shohei Ohtani is used to these types of comparisons in this historic season for the LA Angels. He’s been getting Babe Ruth comparisons all year.

Makes sense, as he’s the first two-way legend to play this game since Ruth. The fact, however, that his offense alone is so impressive that he’s being mentioned with Mays is truly special.

Recently, people pointed out that Ohtani is the first player since Alex Rodriguez (2007) to smack 45+ home runs and swipe 20+ bags in a year. Now he’s in the same company as another titan in this game.

Rodriguez won MVP that year, as Ohtani will this year. He now has 45 home runs (second in AL), 24 stolen bases (fifth in AL), a .968 OPS (second in AL), and a .596 OPS (second in AL).

He’s doing all of this while he also is his team’s Ace starting pitcher with a 3.28 ERA (fourth in the AL), 1.11 WHIP (fourth in the AL), and he’s allowing a .208 batting average (second in AL).

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The best player in baseball has made this MVP race not even close, while he continues to etch his name into the history books with the best of the best players to ever play this game.