How Much Does Shohei Ohtani’s Translator, Ippei Mizuhara Earn?

Published 12/18/2023, 8:13 PM EST

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Last week, the MLB world got its most prized star, Shohei Ohtani. The two-way phenom signed a $700 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. It put him in a different league, with many other famous athletes yet to touch the highs Ohtani is at. The reason is his success and growth since his MLB debut in 2018. However, he was not alone in this impactful journey. Notably, his interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, helped him by decoding every question the 2023 AL MVP faced like a true companion. It made it a dream team, but does Mizuhara earn his credit well?

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Given that, Mizuhara joined Ohtani in his early MLB days and knows all the situations the player has been in. It includes his first paycheck, MVP awards, All-Star selection, and now more than half a billion contract. Undoubtedly, the Japanese wonder has achieved this all through his hard work, but Mizuhara only eased the situation for him. As the new Dodgers star is expected to earn millions at ease, this brings the question, how much Mizuhara is getting in return? What are his earnings?

How much does Ippei Mizuhara earn for all the great for Shohei Ohtani?

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In the sporting spectrum, every alien atmosphere needs help. Shohei Ohtani, being unfamiliar with the United States, was unfamiliar with many things, plus a language barrier was a big problem. However, Ippei Mizuhara eased it all for Ohtani, by giving his ears to all the challenges and voice to the solutions. Due to this, he has become a crucial part of the former Los Angeles Angels star’s life. However, has the 38-year-old earned his due in return?

Given that every professional setup amounts to a cost, it includes the role of an interpreter. Understandably, Mizuhara, who played the same role, was paid that cost as his earnings. However, there is not an exact number to it. Reportedly, he is amongst the well-paid interpreters of the league. With others estimated to be getting $60,000 to $150,000 per year, Mizuhara is expected to top the list, all thanks to his association with Ohtani.

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The reason is the 2023 Hank Aaron Award winner’s contract, plus the fame and attention that has come along. This is visible in Ippie’s social media following and appearances in commercials, which added to his earnings, which may go beyond $200k a year. Given the brilliant work he has done, it is well deserved! Isn’t it?

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Mizuhara’s Impactful Role Beyond the Regular Season

Although Mizuhara was signed to help Ohtani for the day-to-day work in the MLB, his work goes beyond that. According to The Athletic, he is associated with Shotime all around the year. He shared, “I’m with him all offseason too. I’m with him 365 days of the year, which I think is different than the other interpreters.”

Does Shohei Ohtani’s $700 Million Contract Include a Special Clause for Translator Ippei Mizuhara?

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Given that no one else does this, it is commendable. Plus, the type of sacrifices Mizuhara has made deserve acknowledgment, which his earnings and association with brands reflect. Don’t you think so? Let us know your thoughts on this!

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Saurabh Saini

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