It's no surprise that he's one of the most loved players in baseball. However, a new graphic that Baseball Reference researched and came up with shows that ShoTime's fandom has run more rampant around the country than fandom for any other player.
LA Times baseball writer Bill Shaikin posted the graphic on Twitter right here:
The entire country can't get enough of the LA Angels two-way superstar, Shohei Ohtani.
Shohei Ohtani played out of his mind for the LA Angels this season, and he owns the most popular Baseball Reference player page in 24 states (as well as the District of Columbia).
Baseball Reference of course had to have fun with this on Twitter:
The country certainly does have Shohei Ohtani fever. I mean, it's kind of hard not to. A 6'4", 210 pound physical specimen who is also the fastest baserunner in the American League is already enough to marvel at.
Being a .257/.372/.592 (.965 OPS) hitter with 46 home runs, 103 runs, and 100 RBIs on an injury-ravaged team with no lineup protection to go along with that size/speed combo is something that anyone can root for.
And that's not even to mention who he is on the bump. In 23 starts this season, Ohtani went 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA, a 1.090 WHIP, and a 141 ERA+. He was nothing short of sensational in anything he did, and even played as an outfielder in the same games that he had already pitched in seven times this year.
Even if I wasn't an Angels fan, I'd still be a die-hard Ohtani fan. We're talking about a guy who proved every single one of his doubters wrong this year, and started the All-Star Game both on the bump as well as the AL Designated Hitter. The runaway 2021 AL MVP is going to be worth quite a bit of money when he gets extended.
And we can get that done. He seems to love playing for Joe Maddon, who knows how to use him about as perfectly as possible. I can't wait to continue watching Ohtani for years to come.