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High Praise For Ohtani

Ohtani just put on another masterclass yesterday against the Twins.

May 14, 2018 - 10:36 am
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The thinking was that at some point, major league hitters are going to figure out Shohei Ohtani. Well, that point is not the middle of May. Because Ohtani just put on another masterclass yesterday against the Twins.

6 and a third, giving up 3 singles, 1 run, and striking out 11. He was killing guys with his heat and with his off-speed stuff. Angels manager Mike Scioscia liked what he saw, saying Ohtani was "phenomenal... He had both breaking balls working, his slider and his curveball. His splitter was as good as we've seen it, and he got some big outs with his fastball."

But that’s Ohtani’s manager, of course he’s going to say nice things. The Twins probably didn’t think as much of him, right? Wrong.

Twins first baseman Logan Morrison: "He's only 23-years old and is going to get better. I think he's doing something that nobody has probably ever done, and it might be a long time before you see it again.”

That’s high praise indeed. But he was just getting warmed up, because here comes the real heat: "There's another guy in that clubhouse who is a really good player, but to me, with what (Ohtani) does on the mound and with the bat, he's probably the best player in the world."

Holy freaking crap. Forget for a moment whether it’s accurate or not, that doesn’t even really matter. What matters is that a major league player just casually throwing out “probably the best player in the world” about a guy who arrived in the majors two months ago. I know guys like to get a little carried away at times, but when you’re comparing Ohtani to Mike Trout and saying that Ohtani is “probably the best player in the world” that is absolutely insane. And I love it. 

But if Ohtani and Trout aren’t the best players in the world, than this guy is. Roll it.

I don’t even need to say his name. That crack of the bat says it all. Bryce Harper should just change his name to that sound, because that’s how you recognize him. There are plenty of guys who hit home runs, but almost nobody hits them with that sound.

Let me hear that again.

I’m not sure what’s better – the grunt before the crack, the crack, or the rightfielder’s reaction. He just stood there and watched. Didn’t even take a step, just watched it go. And you can’t blame him. 

Launch angle: 25 degrees

Exit velocity: 115 miles per hour

Decibels: a billion

Listen to that again.

And he is doing that on a nightly basis. Give me that one more time for the road.

I’m not going to sit here and say that Ohtani is the greatest player in the world. Not when Mike Trout’s in his clubhouse and Bryce Harper’s doing that. But I am going to enjoy all three of them. I’m going to enjoy the hell out of them.