Who is The Most Popular MLB Player in California, Florida and Texas in 2021?

Published 12/17/2021, 1:43 PM EST


Shohei Ohtani is possibly one of the most exciting prospects to come to MLB in recent times and the season he had with the Los Angeles in 2021 is a testament to his caliber.

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Most Popular Player in America?

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Shohei’s performances on the pitch have also translated to solid numbers in popularity amongst viewers of the League, with Ohtani crowned as the most popular player in the United States.

Many analysts echoed the sentiments about Ohtani’s newfound emergence, including Ben Verlander. The LA Angels’ newest acquisition, Noah Syndergaard, got in on the action too.

Shohei Ohtani delivers

In his 4th year in the MLB, Ohtani has lit the league alight with his performances. He has had a whirlwind of a season, hitting 46 home runs, driving 100 runs to home plate, and leading the league with 8 triples. Also, he managed this while striking out 156 hitters in 130 1/3 innings that he was pitching. Talk about effective.

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Shohei Ohtani was undoubtedly the star performer for the Angels in 2021, gaining recognition even from the commissioner, Rob Manfred. As the League’s first 2 way All-Star in 2021, both as designated hitter as well as pitcher, Ohtani’s stock is riding high right now.

A switch for Ohtani

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The curious part, however, is not just Ohtani’s popularity, but rather how universal it seems to be. People from all over the country seem to be taking notice of the AL 2021 MVP. With his contract with the Angels going into arbitration in 2023, time may be rife to consider a switch.

Ohtani is getting close to free agency. And even though he is making $ 5.5 Million in 2022, an upgrade from his initial $3 million of 2021, the LA Angels might want to consider a contract extension for Ohtani as soon as possible, if they want to retain him.

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Ohtani ranked as the most searched in most states, including California, Florida, and even the Lone Star State. Potential transfers to more lucrative franchises and contracts may be around the corner. All Ohtani needs to do is keep his performances going and make the right calls in the offseason.

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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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