We all know that Shohei Ohtani was the best player in baseball this year, and that he just had the greatest season in baseball history.
That's old news at this point, but the LA Angels' Ace and All-World Designated Hitter actually accomplished something else that not a lot of people have been talking about. That's the fact that no player in all of baseball hit 20 or more home runs in 2021, except for ShoTime. Smoking 22 home runs 420+ feet this year, that's three more than the next player (Salvador Perez):
The ball that shoots off of Shohei Ohtani's bat always sounds and looks different. Just check out the video attached to the above tweet if you need a reminder. Again, I have no idea how it can be legal for a human to hit a baseball that far.
Shohei Ohtani was the strongest player in MLB this season.
It was always ridiculous that Shohei Ohtani can be the type of athlete he is. The fastest baserunner in the American League isn't also supposed to be 6'4" and 210 pounds. He's also not supposed to be able to hit 46 home runs, and in particular, he's not supposed to have 22 of those be hit 420+ feet.
He's the true definition of a freak athlete. This is the same guy who simply laid his hands out on an unbalanced swing, and somehow it resulted in a shot over Fenway Park's 'Green Monster.'
That was when I really understood just how strong Ohtani was, but again, I really didn't understand just how strong he was. I didn't realize that he could possibly hit 22 tape measure shots of at least 420+ feet.
This is a 3.18 ERA pitcher who struck out 10.8 batters per nine innings in 23 starts this season who is doing this. This is just yet another example of why Ohtani is a cheat code. The most dangerous cheat code in all of baseball.