Two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani, a potential winter departure from the Angels organization, remains a hot topic. With the Angels missing the playoffs during his tenure, Ohtani’s burning desire to secure victories drives him towards seeking a new team.
If this indeed marks Ohtani’s farewell season with the Halos, he undeniably left an indelible mark. Despite an injury-shortened season, the slugger stands as the prime candidate for the American League MVP award. He concluded the season with a stellar .304 batting average, smashing 44 home runs, and contributing 95 runs batted in.
Furthermore, Ohtani’s prowess extended to the pitcher’s mound, where he showcased an impressive ERA of 3.14 across 23 appearances. The superstar’s 132 innings of work saw him strike out a formidable 167 batters.
Notably, Ohtani’s 44 home runs in the year made history, as he became the first Japanese-born player to lead the American or National League in home runs. This monumental achievement holds immense significance for Ohtani, underlining his exceptional talent. Even accounting for the time missed due to injury, Ohtani surpassed his closest American League contender by five home runs. His performance throughout the season truly made him a standout, and it’s regrettable that he couldn’t finish the season in peak health.
“It’s quite an honor and I’m humbled when you think about the great players that have come before me that have played MLB from Japan,” Ohtani said in a statement released by the Angels. “Thank you to my teammates, coaching staff and fans that helped me to achieve this goal.”
Yet another stellar season for the game’s brightest star concludes, but uncertainty looms over his future. Although he won’t take the mound in 2024 due to a torn UCL, Ohtani remains a formidable hitter. Numerous teams will be vying to secure his services on a long-term basis, setting the stage for a captivating offseason.