Another Day, Another Record For Shohei Ohtani As He Secures Another MLB First To Start Off 2022

Published 04/08/2022, 3:19 AM EDT
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)

This is just Shohei Ohtani’s world and we’re all just living in it. In another showing from the star athlete that has left viewers in awe of his talents, he did what no one in MLB has done before on Opening Day. Granted his 2- way play is something that sets him apart from most players, but Opening Day saw a striking stat develop.

Ohtani was both, the first pitcher on the mound for the LA Angels as well as the first batter to take home plate in the 2022 season, becoming the first player in MLB history to achieve that stat.

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Shohei Ohtani is one of MLB’s most premier athletes and every day that passes only seems to strengthen his case. Even so, it becomes necessary to take a step back and acknowledge the level of what Ohtani is doing here.

While there may have existed a few 2-way players in the sport in its history, it is unlikely that any were such high performers in both departments. And with a blockbuster 2021 season behind him, it doesn’t seem like Ohtani is in any mood to slow down.

Shohei Ohtani logs another record

Shohei Ohtani is arguably fast becoming the most well-regarded player in MLB. And perhaps it is records like these that build the folklore around him. Named the starting pitcher for the Angels’ Opening Day face-off with the Houston Astros, Ohtani already had in place the first pitch for the Anaheim franchise. However, it was when he walked in to face the first pitch too that he created history.

Featuring as the lead-off hitter for the Anaheim Angels in Joe Maddon’s lineup, he was unable to achieve significant success from the plate but did well to perform from the mound. Ohtani had a bit of a disappointing night with the bat in hand going 0 for 4, but seems to have showcased his pitching prowess quite well.

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Having pitched 4 ⅔ innings, he struck out 9 batters over that span. He, however, did allow one walk and one run over that course, too. Fans, though, will be happy that Ohtani is back to pitching form, regularly logging 3 digit pace with his fastball and delivering a fair few breaking balls as well.

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And with the rest of the season yet to go, we can expect Ohtani to ramp up production on both offensive and defensive ends; but do you think he has what it takes to deliver another MVP caliber season? Or do you think that the average of both of his skillsets makes him worth more than a specialist position player? What would you have him do to deliver as a top performer?

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Aditya Deshingkar

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Aditya Deshingkar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. An aspiring lawyer, Aditya is a final year student of the law program at GLC. Notably, as an avid sports lover, he shares a keen interest in NBA, MLB, and Formula 1.

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