“Those Numbers Will Be My Standard”: Shohei Ohtani Predicts Bigger Scores in MLB 2022 Season

Published 10/27/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – APRIL 28: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels takes the field for pregame warmups before the Angels take on the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field on April 28, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)


Looking back at the 2021 season, one player who has stunned everyone with his performance is Shohei Ohtani. The 27-year-old is an incredible two-way player, dominating in hitting as well as pitching.

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While his records in 2021 are astonishing, Ohtani doesn’t want to stop here. Ohtani claims he is going to come back even stronger in 2022, keeping his 2021 season as the benchmark and aiming even higher.

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Shohei Ohtani wants to level up in 2022

All-rounder performer, two-way star, MVP front runner, Commissioners Historic Performer award receiver, the list of his glories is endless. This is just the start for Ohtani, and in 2022 he has even bigger expectations from himself.

DENVER, COLORADO – JULY 13: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts in the first inning during the 91st MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field on July 13, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

In an interview, Ohtani revealed he doesn’t want this to be his best performance ever. In 2022, he is aiming to get even better and clinch more milestones.

Ohtani said, “I think this year’s record should be the least number for next year. I want to eliminate the possibility of not being able to repeat what I did this year. Also for the team, I should make it happen again next year. Now that I have numerical results from this year, those numbers will be my standard going forward. “

Be it on the mound or on the base, Ohtani has produced a stellar run in 2021. He has had a historic season this year and by his own admission, there’s more to come from the Japanese star.

A look back at Ohtani’s incredible 2021

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Being an all-rounder player, Ohtani became the first player in history to clinch 30+ home runs and 30+pitches in a single season. Blasting home runs with his bat, Shohei smashed 20 home runs above 425ft’s.

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 is the one out of five MLB players in history to earn 100+RBI’s, 45+HR, 25+stolen bases in a single season. He also tossed three pitches over 100 mph and smashed a 451-foot homer in the same inning vs White Sox in April.

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Despite his terrific outing, the Los Angeles Angels missed out on the post-season. Do you think in 2022, the baseball world will finally witness Ohtani’s incredible run in the post-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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