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Shohei Ohtani Had Teammates Translate English Media Reports On Ippei Mizuhara, Reveals Dodgers Teammate Tyler Glasnow

Published 04/18/2024, 12:30 PM EDT

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Shohei Ohtani may have moved on from the Ippei Mizuhara scandal but the fiasco did prove to be a ordeal for him initially. The Los Angeles Dodgers star was caught by surprise when Mizuhara revealed his gambling addiction to the team. While that was a shocking development, the fact that he had no translator made it difficult to understand the entire situation completely. Now Tyler Glasnow has given an account of what happened that day and how the Dodgers “had his back” throughout the situation.

After Mizuhara’s revelation, reports began emerging that the former translator had called in an emergency meeting to explain his side to everyone in the Dodgers clubhouse. Ohtani, too, alluded to this incident in his official statement. The superstar said that while he couldn’t understand what Mizuhara was saying, he understood that there was something wrong by looking at everyone’s expressions. 

Shohei Ohtani’s teammate Tyler Glasnow recently came on the Chris Rose Show, where he talked about this exact moment. The Dodgers’ ace shared that he and the team believed in Ohtani’s innocence. But then Rose asked him about how the Clubhouse talked to Ohtani about this, and Glasnow shared that they helped Ohtani understand everything as clearly as possible.

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“There was nothing super formal but we were like, ‘Dude, we’ve got your back.’ I think being in the clubhouse, everyone knew right away clearly he had nothing to do with it. The first thing he did was ‘take my phone, figure this out,’ Glasnow said.

So Ohtani wanted to understand what was happening. With the Dodgers helping him translate the reports, Shotime understood how deep this issue ran. However, that didn’t worry Ohtani. The superstar was confident in his innocence.

Shohei Ohtani was surprisingly calm about the whole ordeal

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Glasnow shared how calm Ohtani was throughout the ordeal. “We all knew early on that Ippei was doing some shady stuff. It didn’t seem that he was very stressed about it either. When you know you’ve done nothing, it’s only a matter of time before they figure it all out. It seems that there has not been any mental sweat lost on his part,” Glasnow said.

The Dodgers manager has said something similar too. Dave Roberts has always praised Ohtani’s professionalism and even called his “poker face” a great feature. That made it easy for the Los Angeles Dodgers to put their trust in the $700 million superstar. While it was a risky strategy, things worked out well for them. The investigators have set Ohtani free and that’s all the Blue Crew ever wanted.

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Sanskar Dubey is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. From writing various aspects of baseball like MLB Rule Modifications to diving deep into the world of minor and major leagues, Sanskar covers it all. He loves to write for the sport when there is a hot tussle between the National League and American League throughout the season.
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