Shohei Ohtani hit his 33rd home run of the season on Friday against the Marines.
Ohtani’s 463-foot bomb was only the 6th home run ever to hit the upper deck at T-Mobile Park.
The Angels’ two-way star is the betting favorite to win the Home Run Derby on Monday at Coors Field.
Mitch Haniger’s grand slam in the 8th inning gave the Seattle Mariners the 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday but even that wasn’t big enough to topple Shohei Ohtani’s record-hitting home run.
Ohtani has set, re-set- and broken so many records this season but Friday’s was a monster shot that left jaws hanging on the field and fans 500 feet away ducking for cover.
Ohtani to the Moon
Ohtani to the MOON. 😳 pic.twitter.com/BeZ3Ek9gF6
— MLB (@MLB) July 10, 2021
That 463-foot monster shot put him on a tie with Sammy Sosa for the most home runs by a foreign-born MLB player before the All-Star break. Ohtani also became the first player since Albert Pujols in 2006 to hit 33+ home runs in his team’s first 82 games of the season.
It also left his bat at 116.5 mph, his 4th homer with an exit velocity of at least 116 mph, most in the league this season. That home run was also only the 6th home run to hit the upper deck of right field at T-Mobile Park. This is exactly how far back the ball went after Ohtani crushed it:
This is the exact spot where Shohei Ohtani’s home run hit. Security said it bounced, hit a back wall and went back down. pic.twitter.com/oRtz7mZLYF
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) July 10, 2021
According to Angels beat reporter Sam Blum, there were only three fans up there, friends watching the game.
Ohtani now has five more home runs than anyone in the majors as he heads to Monday’s Home Run Derby where, not surprisingly, the best MLB betting sites have installed him as the odds on favorite. BetMGM says 32.3% of the tickets and 35.1% of the betting handle as of July 10th are on Ohtani:
Home Run Derby Betting Odds, according to BetMGM.
Shohei Ohtani is the favorite, followed by Joey Gallo and Pete Alonso. pic.twitter.com/Zy0y3kiDjZ
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) July 9, 2021
Biggest Bargain in Professional Sports
BREAKING: #Angels sign Shohei Ohtani to a 2yr deal worth $8.5M. Ohtani will make $3M in he will make $3M in year one and $5.5M in 2022
— Angels Nation Talk (@talk_angels) February 8, 2021
With his current pace, Ohtani is on track for 620 plate appearances, 152 hits, 130 RBI, 119 runs, 61 homers, 33 doubles, 22 steals, and the AL MVP award. Considering he’s making only $3M this year, that’s the biggest bargain in professional sports right now.
Ohtani signed with the Angels for a $2.3M international bonus. He made the customary $1.9M salary over his first three pre-arbitration years. Because of injuries, he signed a two-year $8.5M deal before the start of this season.
According to Forbes, scouts estimate that Ohtani is worth around $50-$60M this season and perhaps even more, considering that MLB may be benefiting in the billions from his phenomenon.
The collective bargaining agreement expires on Dec. 1st. How that will impact future free agents remains to be seen. But Ohtani could be in line for a record deal in his third and final arbitration year especially since there are no comps before becoming a free agent in 2024. Teammate Mike Trout currently has baseball’s largest contract at $426M for 12 years while Trevor Bauer’s $40M salary for 2021 is the largest annual pay in MLB. Ohtani could obliterate those the way he’s obliterating records right now.