Ohtani, there’s a reason for that! “Even when I was a student, I drank juice and protein. I’m working hard.”

January 2, 2024 | by

Shohei Ohtani’s professional consciousness seems to have been perfectly formed since his adolescence. An alumnus who watched Ohtani’s growth from the side gave vivid testimony about Ohtani in high school.

Japanese media “Nikan Sports” reported a review article on “2023 WBC The Final” aired by Japan’s “TBS” on December 31, the last day of 2023.

The 2023 WBC The Final features Ohtani, the main character who signed a 10-year, 700 million-dollar mega-tonne contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, in high school.

From the time he was a student at Hanamaki Higashi High School to the ages of 18 to 42, Ohtani set goals and even wrote detailed plans every year. Even before he became a professional player, he dreamed of entering the Major League and tried to build a perfect body as a baseball player from his freshman year.

He was promoted to the Major League at age 20 and received 13 million U.S. dollars in annual salary, won a Cy Young Award at age 22, achieved the world’s highest speed of light at 175 kilometers per hour at age 25, and got married at age 26 with a World Series title. These goals represented his youthful appearance and grand dreams as a boy.

Some of them have achieved their goals. Although Ohtani’s plans were delayed by two years, he participated as a member of Japan’s national team at the 2023 World Baseball Classic and was honored as the MVP.

“Otani was making his goals clear by filling out the goal achievement sheet,” Nikkan Sports said. “He also had a life plan every year, such as winning the WBC MVP at the age of 27.”

Daiki Sasaki, who was her teammate in elementary, middle, and high school with Otani, testified on how to exercise and thorough self-management that preceded Otani’s era. According to Daiki Sasaki, he realized the importance of weight training early on, and not only sweated a lot, but also knew how to control his diet.

Sasaki Daiki explained, “Weight training was being denied (at the time of our high school days), but Otina was constantly locked in the weight room and training.”

“The amount of protein was amazing. I drank protein instead of juice, and I drank protein during class,” he said.

After joining the Nippon-Ham Fighters in 2013, Ohtani has gradually grown into the world’s best player. When he joined the Nippon-Ham Fighters, he drew attention by including a part of his contract that guarantees him a combination of pitching and hitting job.

As a pitcher in 2013, he garnered three wins, no losses, and an earned run average (ERA) of 4.32 in 61 ⅔ in 13 games. He also had a batting average of 0.238, 45 hits, three homers, 20 RBIs and an OPS of 0.660 in 77 games.

Pitcher Ohtani later dominated the Japanese professional baseball league. He stood as the best ace in the league with 11 wins, 4 losses and an earned run average of 2.61 in 24 ⅓ and 151 ⅔ innings in 2014, and 15 wins, 5 losses and an earned run average of 2.24 in 160 games in 22 games in 2015.

At the 2015 WBSC Premier 12, held after the end of the 2015 season, he also made his presence known to domestic baseball fans with six scoreless innings in the opening match against South Korea and seven scoreless innings in the semifinals.

Ohtani rose to the top class as a batter in 2016. He hit hard with a batting average of 0.322, 104 hits, 22 homers, 67 RBIs and 1.004 OPS in 104 games. After the 2017 season, he joined the Los Angeles Angels through a posting system, and achieved his dream of becoming a major leaguer.

Ohtani maintained a “double-handedness” in the Major League as well. In the 2018 season as a pitcher, he garnered four wins, two losses and an earned run average of 3.31 in 51 ⅔ in 10 games, and a batting average of 0.285 and 93 hits, 22 homers, 61 RBIs, 10 steals, and 0.925 OPS to become a star player.

It was in 2021 that Ohtani emerged as a perfect star in the Major League. He hit .257 with 138 hits, 46 homers, 100 RBIs, 26 steals, and 0.965 OPS in 155 games. As a pitcher, he also recorded nine wins, two losses and an earned run average of 3.18 in 130 ⅓ innings in 23 games, which was possible only in baseball games 헤라카지노.

Ohtani became even scarier in 2022. After batting .273 with 160 hits, 34 homers and 90 RBIs in 157 games as a batter, he recorded 166 innings with 15 wins, nine losses and an ERA of 2.33 in 28 games as a pitcher. He has achieved an unbelievable double-digit home run-winning performance in a single season for the first time in 104 years since Babe Ruth.

Ohtani has exceeded his limits in the 2023 season when he becomes a free agent. As a batter of 135 games, he had a batting average of 0.304, 151 hits, 44 homers, 95 RBIs and 1.066 OPS. As a pitcher, he was honored as the MVP of the American League with 132-inning 10-5 losses and an ERA of 3.14.

Ohtani’s market value, which is unmatched in terms of skill and star quality, has been on fire. Numerous Major League Big Market teams have tried to recruit Ohtani, but the winner was the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers captivated Ohtani’s heart and also recruited right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who was born in 1998, who dominated Japanese professional baseball, to become the top winner of the stove league.

Ohtani’s official Major League regular season debut, which starts anew with the Dodgers, will be held in Korea in March. The Dodgers will play the opening game of the MLB Seoul Series against the San Diego Padres at Gocheok Sky Dome.


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