Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Dodgers), who has become the world’s most expensive man in sports history, said, “My goal is to work as a pitcher and a batter for the next 10 years.”월카지노
In the documentary “Major Leaguer Shohei Ohtani-2023 Legend, Grand Prize, and New Chapter” aired by NHK in Japan on the 24th, Ohtani strongly expressed his willingness to try again from 2025 on the “two-baseball” that made him a special being.
Ohtani’s in-depth interview is the first time since he signed a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers of the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB) to write a new world sports history.
“My goal is to continue my pitching and hitting job for 10 years after signing a contract with the Dodgers,” Ohtani said in the documentary. “I can’t predict how long I can do it because no one’s been that long, but I promise I’ll do my best,” he said.
However, Ohtani confessed that if he undergoes another elbow surgery, he would not be able to play as a pitcher. “My plan is to work as both pitcher and batter again, but if I have to undergo a third surgery, I may have to change my plan,” he said. He also analyzed that pitch clock (time limit for pitching) seems to be affecting his elbow injury.
Ohtani, who played as pitcher and batter for five seasons with the Nippon-Ham Fighters in the Japanese professional baseball league, started 10 games after joining the LA Angels in 2018, but had elbow surgery in October that year and only played as a batter the following year. Ohtani, who pitched in two games as a pitcher in 2020, caused a sensation by dominating the big league as a batter and pitcher for three years from 2021 to this year. However, he is scheduled to return to the operating table in September this year and play as a batter in 2024, the first year after moving to the Dodgers.
“What kind of person do you want to be as a human being? Eating delicious food, playing baseball, and sleeping a lot. I think that’s the best,” he said. “When your salary or your position in the team changes, your responsibility increases as well. But I don’t think you have to force yourself to change things that you don’t need to change that much.”