He didn’t even need that second steal to make history, however. As long as he got that 25th steal, he was going to join even more elite company.
That’s pretty intriguing company. Jose Canseco was quite the character, and quite the ballplayer as well.
LA Angels’ Shohei Ohtani doing something we haven’t seen in over two decades isn’t even surprising at this point.
The best part about Shohei Ohtani doing this for the LA Angels was the other history he made when accomplishing this feat.
He’s also now the first American League baseball player ever to hit 45+ home runs, 25+ stolen bases, and 100+ runs in a season.
It’s worth remembering that he also started 23 games as a pitcher and had a 3.18 ERA with a 1.090 WHIP.
He’s now at 45 home runs, 26 stolen bases, and 100 runs. Just wait until he hits 100 RBI, which he needs just two more to get to.
He leads the league in triples at seven, and has a .590 slugging percentage and a .960 OPS.
Wednesday started out as a tough day, as Ohtani was ruled out for the season as a pitcher.
The best part about Ohtani, however, is that he can still make plenty of history at the plate and on the bases. We could use his arm for the finale in Seattle, but it’s worth remembering that he’s still going to dominate with who he is as an offensive threat.