“I Haven’t Been in the Playoff for 4 Years”: Shohei Ohtani Emotionally Reflects on MLB Season With Los Angeles Angels

Published 10/04/2021, 12:28 PM EDT
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)


Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani had an extraordinary season this year. Notably, he is the frontrunner for the MVP 2021 race, courtesy of his incredible outing as a two-way player. Regardless, Ohtani will miss out on another post-season appearance, as the Los Angeles Angels are officially out of contention to qualify.

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Giving it his all until the very end, Ohtani created history in his last match. Putting on yet another show, Shohei clinched his 46th home run and 100 RBIs for the first time in his MLB career.

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Shohei Ohtani wants the feeling of post-season

There is a plethora of amazing players in MLB, but what separates Ohtani from the others is his versatility. Ohtani has not only outperformed his counterparts with his hitting, but has also surpassed them all with his pitching. Notably, Ohtani was super consistent with his appearance on the field and missed only four games in 2021.

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

In his post-match interview, Ohtani reflected upon the season. He said, “It was long, but I am glad I have finished without big issues somehow. The best thing is I was able to finish without major issues. We didn’t make it to the postseason, but we want to try to make it next year. I want to review my results what was good and bad. But overall I have improved.” 

Further talking about his hopes for next year, Ohtani said, “For next year, I want to improve where I can and have a better year. I haven’t been in the playoff for 4 years, so I want to experience next year. I want to have such October next year to be honest.”

Remarkably, Shohei Otani has surpassed legendary baseball player Babe Ruth as a two-way player.

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Ohtani ends the season with extra-ordinary numbers

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Looking back at Ohtani’s 2021 performance, as a hitter, he has clinched 46 homers, 103 runs, and 100 RBIs. On the other hand, as a pitcher, Ohtani has successfully pitched in 130 1/3 innings, has 151 strikeouts, 29 starts, and has a 9-2 record.

ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 19, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Remarkably, Ohtani became the first player in MLB history, of both AL and NL to secure 45 homers, 100 RBIs, 100 runs, 25 stolen bases, and eight triples in one season.

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Ohtani has the most realistic chances of clinching the AL MVP 2021. Do you think with these strong numbers, there is anyone more deserving than him?

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Shreya Verma

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

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