Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani’s unreal 2021 season was way more historic than you think

Sep 26, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17)
Sep 26, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) / Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

LA Angels' two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani just had the best season in baseball history, correct?

Right, we know this. But Sporting News took it even a step further. They recently put out a piece titled, "The 50 greatest seasons in sports history, ranked" by Ryan Fagan, and Fagan ranked Ohtani at the very top spot.

Therefore, not only was Ohtani ranked to have the best season in baseball history, but he was ranked to have the best season in sports history. I can't disagree after reading what they said about him.

LA Angels' superstar Ace/Designated Hitter just had the greatest season in sports history.

Fagan really hammered the nail on the head when discussing Shohei Ohtani and his impact he had on the LA Angels:

"Imagine Patrick Mahomes picking off passes as a safety or Alex Ovechkin putting on the big pads and posting shutouts as a goalie once a week. It’s silly to even think about. But Ohtani didn’t just compete at these two skills (pitching and hitting) on the baseball field, he excelled."

Ryan Fagan, Sporting News

And he's correct. ShoTime went 9-2 on the mound (23 starts) to lead his team in innings (130.1 IP), and post a 3.18 ERA. He also struck out 10.8 batters per nine innings and allowed just a .207 batting average. Posting a 1.090 WHIP, runners just weren't getting on.

And at the plate, where he's even better, he not only won a Silver Slugger, but also hit 46 bombs, drove in 103 runs, and scored 100. He hit .257/.372/.592 (0.965) with a 158 OPS+ and 152 wRC+.

The article didn't even mention how Ohtani is the fastest baserunner in the AL. Literally, he is. His peers even voted him that way.

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Ohtani stole 26 bases and stretched eight doubles into triples (which was tied for the Major League lead). ShoTime ran away with a unanimous MVP for his 2021 efforts, and proved that he not only had a historic season for baseball, but that he had the greatest season ever no matter the sport.