Shohei Ohtani is the first player in MLB history to pitch and hit at the same All-Star game.
The 27-year old tied Hideki Matsui’s Japanese MLB home run record on Sunday with his 31st homer of the season, doing so with still one-half of the campaign to play.
Ohtani is the current odds on favorite to win AL MVP honors this season at the best MLB betting sites.
It’s no longer a surprise why Shohei Ohtani is the odds on favorite to win the MVP at the best MLB betting sites.
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Well you just missed Shohei Ohtani hitting 2 bombs. He has -150 odds to win AL MVP. pic.twitter.com/XO3uUBHLyw
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) June 30, 2021
He smacked two home runs against the Yankees last Tuesday, and added another two versus the Orioles in their series opener last Friday. Then he hit his 4th home run of 450 feet or longer, tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Tyler O’Neill for the most in the majors this season.
Earlier on Sunday, he made history again, becoming the first player in MLB to be voted by his peers to pitch in the All-Star game and elected by the fans as the game’s startin designated hitter. And don’t forget, he’s appearing in the Home Run Derby too.
First MLB Player to Pitch and Hit in the Same All-Star Game
Shohei Ohtani is the first player in MLB history to be named an All-Star at pitcher and position player 🤯
Generational talent. @BRWalkoff pic.twitter.com/qhy8Tjyjcn
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 4, 2021
Early Sunday, Ohtani was also among the 13 American League starting pitchers picked for the July 13th All-Star game at Coors Field. Ohtani received 121 votes in the balloting done by fellow players, coaches, and managers. Since he was also elected by the fans to start in the All-Star game, he becomes the first player in MLB history to pitch and hit at the same All-Star game.
Babe Ruth didn’t get the opportunity to do this because by the time the All-Star game was invented in 1933, it was already more than a decade since he pitched regularly. Ruth pitched in his team’s final regular season game in 1933 but that was it.
Meanwhile, Ohtani has made 12 starts this season. He has a 3-1 record with an ERA of 3.60 with 80 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched. He has hit 14 home runs in his last 17 games and has a total of 31 on the season, the most by any player in the majors after Sunday’s games.
Tying Matsui’s Japanese Record
Ohtani hits 31st homer, ties Matsui’s Japanese MLB HR record.
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) July 4, 2021
Ohtani’s 459 solo shot off Baltimore’s Thomas Eshelman in the third inning of Sunday’s game gave the Angels’ two-way sensation 31 home runs for the season. Not only is that the most in the majors right now, it also tied the Japanese record for most home runs hit in an MLB season set by the legendary Hideki Matsui.
But what’s impressive about this is that while Matsui reached 31 home runs playing 159 games for the Yankees during the 2004 MLB season, Ohtani picked up his 31st dinger in just hist 81st game of the 2021 season and we’re not yet even seen the All-Star break.
Last Friday, Ohtani passed Babe Ruth’s 1919 record for most home runs with 10 stars on the mound with his 29th and 30th home runs of the season. Now, he’s just adding to that record. He also passed Mike Trout for the most homers for an Angels player before the All-Star break.Ohtani is also the first American League player to have 30 home runs and 10 stolen bases in his team’s first 81 games of the season.