“Our Version of Babe Ruth”- MLB Legend Compares Shohei Ohtani to Biggest Name in MLB History

Published 04/27/2022, 8:00 AM EDT
Sep 25, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) triples against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Shohei Ohtani has probably been the best thing that has happened to baseball in recent years. The LA Angels’ two-way phenom has been donning Major League Baseball for the past two-three years. Be it from the mound or the plate, Ohtani has been brilliant from both positions.

Because of his hitting and pitching capabilities, baseball fans often compare him with the legendary MLB player Babe Ruth. Though he might not be at the level of Babe Ruth, there has not been a better two-way player than Ohtani in MLB lately.

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Despite the LA Angels failing to win anything in the 2021 season, Shohei Ohtani won the National League MVP 2021. Recently, a former MLB player and Philadelphia Phillies legend, Jimmy Rollins, heaped some high praise on the Japanese slugger.

Jimmy Rollins believes Shohei Ohtani is Modern Babe Ruth

Well, the comparison is not fair in the first place, as Ohtani has barely played for four years in MLB. He has a lot to do in the next 10-15 years to draw comparisons with Babe Ruth. But fans are fans. While talking about Ohtani, Jimmy Rollins said that Ohtani is the new Babe Ruth.

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

Talking to Whistle Sports, the Phillies legend also appreciated the Angels for allowing Ohtani to play both as a hitter and a pitcher because he is equally effective in both positions. “That man is beyond special. He is our version of Babe Ruth,” said Rollins. “I love the fact that they are letting him be a two-way player. If Ohtani is on the mound, you are getting a double dose of them…”

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Rollins also mentioned that to play that level of the game takes lots of hard work and dedication. While watching Ohtani play, Rollins was in awe of his gameplay. “They go out there and put in the work to have a desire to be one of the best ever. It takes dedication,” Jimmy Rollins added. “This is the result of it. Swinging and it looks good around the bases. Timer! Let me admire this for a second.”

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Given his performances to date, do you think Ohtani will continue his good form for a long time? And does he stand a chance to get near Babe Ruth?

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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