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Shohei Ohtani’s New Coach Role Amidst Injury Falls Flat as Struggling LA Angels Succumb to the Lowly Detroit Tigers

Published 09/18/2023, 7:00 AM EDT

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Being Ohtani-less has not panned out well for the Angels. The pitcher-hitter’s absence has cost them five consecutive games. No matter the grim state of the team, Shohei Ohtani’s involvement with his teammates is always on the go. The man known to ace dual roles is doing it again.

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In Sunday’s game, the Angels battled against the lowly Detroit Tigers. Amid his injuries and the struggles of his team, Sho-time took on the role of player-coach in an attempt to save the day for the Angels. However, the outcome did not play out as intended. How could the Angels nullify the two-way phenom’s efforts yet again?

How Did Shohei Ohtani’s Efforts Fall Flat?


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A tweet by Talkin’ Yanks showed how invested Ohtani is not only as a player but also a coach. From time to time he shares tidbits of his knowledge, behaving like a true coach. 

Despite that, crawling into a 5-3 defeat against the not-so-great Detroit Tigers, the Halos have assured their eighth consecutive losing season. In addition to Ohtani’s efforts falling flat, it is worth wondering how bad a situation it is to lose to the lowly Cats, isn’t it?


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Grappling with back-to-back losses, they dropped to 4-12 in September without Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout. While the Tigers have won for the 6th time in 8 games. This draws attention to the Angels’ players in the line-up. 

Angels’ Reid Detmers, the originally slated starter, was sidelined because of illness. Jimmy Herget stepped in and began the game with a scoreless inning, while Kenny Rosenberg allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings. However, on a positive note, Randal Grichuk launched his 15th home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning.

Nevertheless, nothing validates Sho-time’s coach role being compromised amid his injuries, especially by losing to the Tigers. 

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Addressing Detroit’s win, their manager A.J. Hinch said, “We’re tired of losing. We’re tired of not being in the mix. We’re watching different teams celebrate or start to prep for October. If we want to be that team, we have to play hard and we’ve got to play to the finish line.”

The Tigers owe their lead to Jake Rogers who played a monumental role in the Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Rogers pushed Detroit ahead of the Angels with a solo homer in the 2nd inning. He also hit a three-run homer for a 5-0 lead in the 3rd. After what happened to him last season, he said, “I’m glad to be back and healthy and playing every day.”

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Zooming in on Ohtani, only time will tell how his newly adopted coach role will turn out for the Angels. Would it be a disappointing order of events or would it make the Angels victorious? 

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Written by:

Kanishka Prakash


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Kanishka Prakash is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. She comes from an engineering college background and possesses prior experience in the business sector. Her affection for sports burgeoned during her adolescence, with MLB particularly captivating her attention.
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Deepanshi Bajaj