“I Broke About 10”: Shohei Ohtani Reveals the Features of His Special Home Run-Smashing Bats

Published 01/14/2022, 10:39 AM CST
ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) stares at his bat after swinging and missing during the MLB game between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on September 20, 2021 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


In the 2021 season, whenever Shohei Ohtani stepped on the field, the 27-year-old star stunned everyone with his heroics. Standing 6’4 ft tall, the Japanese player blasted a 463-foot shot with his shining bat that left the crowd speechless.

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Shohei has marked his place as the most versatile player in the history of MLB. Notably, in a recent interview, he revealed the characteristics of his home-run smashing special bats.

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Shohei Ohtani spills the beans on his bat

In 2021, Shohei Ohtani smashed record-breaking 46 home runs, showcasing his hitting skills. In conversation with GQ, Ohtani opened up on the quality of his bats.

Ohtani said, ” Since it’s mainly used for batting, and i had plenty of chances to get to the batter’s box. I think we overall good season together. This one is made of hard maple. Following the rules, you can see the wood texture a bit, but it’s almost the required limit. And here’s my name in Japanese characters. I think I broke about 10 of these. “

DUNEDIN, FLORIDA – APRIL 09: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on after hitting a solo home run to center field during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark on April 09, 2021 in Dunedin, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Notably, he not only broke bats but also smashed records in the 2021 season. One of his remarkable accomplishments was outclassing legendary player Babe Ruth by becoming the greatest two-way player in history.

Ohtani is thrilled to be the ‘face of baseball’

The last MLB season saw Ohtani clinch many awards and glories. Ohtani secured the AL-MVP 2021, which was already a predicted prize, despite him not even appearing in the post-season.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 29: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 29, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Courtesy of his heroics, Shohei has been called the ‘face of baseball.’ Reacting to being given a huge title, Shohei said, ”Baseball was born here, and I personally want baseball to be the most popular sport in the United States. So if I can contribute in any way to help that, I’m more than open to it.”

What records do you think Ohtani will break in the 2022 season?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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