Shohei Ohtani’s 453 Feet Blast Overshadowed as Los Angeles Angels Marred by Defeat Again

Published 06/15/2023, 8:15 AM EDT

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Every time fans think Shohei Ohtani couldn’t possibly impress them more, the Japanese two-way phenom proves them wrong. Each game he plays in, whether pitching or hitting, gives the Los Angeles Angels a chance to get into history books. Now, only if Ohtani and his superstar teammate Mike Trout could translate their personal success into wins for the team.

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Most recently, the two-way phenom impressed the MLB sphere with his brilliance from the plate. However, even that was not enough for the Phil Nevin-led team to register a win against the in-form Texas Rangers.

AL home run leader Shohei Ohtani breaks Statcast records

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During the third game of their four-game series in Arlington, Shohei Ohtani once again proved his prowess behind a bat. He is often compared to baseball legend Babe Ruth, but many think the Japanese player has long surpassed him. Currently leading the American League home run chart, Ohtani hit his 21st homer against the Rangers in the ninth. But The Unicorn hitting long balls is nothing new. What was truly amazing about this particular hit was the stats.

Leaving the bat at 116.1 MPH, Ohtani launched the ball at 453 feet to the left-center field. He is the first player to hit a 450+ foot home run at this exit velocity by a left-handed hitter in the Statcast era. His two home runs the day before against Texas were already impressive, but Ohtani keeps leaving everyone in awe.

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What’s truly fascinating about the Japanese player is how he seems to rack up stats like they’re nothing. While of course, he goes through slumps too, Ohtani currently leads MLB in bWAR & fWAR, as well as Total Bases (161) and stolen bases (10). In addition to leading the AL in home runs, he also leads the division in OPS (.987) and Extra Base Hits (37).

Once again a contender for the MVP award this season, fans believe he has done more than enough to clinch the award. Unfortunately, this amazing performance still led to a loss for the Angels, who had won the first two games against Texas.

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The fact of the matter is that Sho-time doesn’t just excel at pitching but at hitting too. His offensive prowess behind both sides of the ball is a rarity in baseball and fans know they’re witnessing history being made.

Some feel Ohtani is better than the Yankees captain Aaron Judge, the other main contender for MVP this season.

Some mocked the fact that the Angels still didn’t win.

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Now, only time will tell where Ohtani heads next. In the meanwhile, the Sho continues!

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Arunima Bhanot is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. Her tryst with MLB was accidental, but what followed was nothing short of a pursuit of excellence. Arunima's articles have been recognized as Editor's Picks on multiple occasions, highlighting her exceptional attention to detail and insightful coverage.
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