LA Angels’ Shohei Ohtani Joins Elite Company of Babe Ruth After Blasting His 100th Home Run In MLB

Published 05/15/2022, 7:00 AM EDT
Sep 25, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) triples against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Shohei Ohtani and baseball are a match made in heaven. A dynamic force from the mound and a solid hitter from the plate, Ohtani is one of the best two-way players in MLB history. For his remarkable gameplay in the ballpark, baseball fans often compare him with the legendary Babe Ruth.

A dual-threat for the opponents, Ohtani can single-handedly dominate the opposition and win the game. Over the past couple of years, there has not been a better MLB player than him. The reigning American League MVP already has multiple records in his name. But, in a recent game against the Oakland Athletics, Ohtani leveled Babe Ruth as a two-way player.

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It is no secret that the Angels’ star is a natural hitter of the game. Ever since his debut in Major League Baseball, Ohtani has hit multiple home runs. And from the mound, Ohtani also has numerous strikeouts in his name. Recently, the Japanese slugger smashed his 100th home run in MLB.

Shohei Ohtani equals Babe Ruth’s two-way feat

After a sensational season in 2021, baseball pundits called him a one-season wonder. But Ohtani is in a league of his own. No one is even close to him. After belting his 100th home run on Saturday, Ohtani became the only second player after Babe Ruth to have 100 home runs as well as 250-plus strikeouts.

Sep 25, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) sprints to first base on his way to a triple against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Not only this, but the Angels star also became only the third Japanese player to hit 100 home runs in MLB. He joined Hideki Matsui (175) and Ichiro Suzuki (117). The reigning AL MVP already has seven home runs in the current season.

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The Angels claim the top spot from the Houston Astros

Just a couple of days ago, the Astros dethroned the Angels from the top spot of the AL West. With 23 wins out of 36 games, the Angels have a close competitor in the AL West. Because the Astros have also won 22 games, just one less than the Angels.

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Although there are still over 100 games yet to be played, only time will tell which team will win the AL West division.

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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