Don't agree with @stephenasmith on Shohei Ohtani not being the ideal superstar for MLB because he doesn't speak English. But to call that view xenophobic or racist is such knee-jerk nonsense it undermines racism and xenophobia. It's a marketing viewpoint that didn't need a sorry.
I’m gonna take a nap pic.twitter.com/FgxZqDvF7Z
Nooooo thats Minivish staph changing your impersonation character
Major League Baseball is auctioning off jerseys from the All-Star Game for charity. Current Bid Fernando Tatis Jr.: $2,500 Vlad Guerrero Jr.: $2,000 Justin Turner: $990 Juan Soto: $910 Aaron Judge: $860 As for Shohei Ohtani, his jersey is at $111k — 45x the next closest player. pic.twitter.com/4d4gJwtOJa
16 July, 2021 - 11:12pm
The two-way Japanese sensation handed out the checks before the Angels' game Friday night against the Seattle Mariners. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Ohtani has not commented on it.
Besides becoming the first Japanese player to participate in the home run derby, Ohtani was the first player in All-Star Game history to be selected as both a pitcher and a hitter. He threw a perfect first inning and was 0 for 2 in the AL's 5-2 victory on Tuesday.
Pete Alonso of the New York Mets won the Derby and took the $1 million prize. Baltimore's Trey Mancini was second and took home $500,000.
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16 July, 2021 - 08:48pm
The two-way superstar donated his $150,000 prize for participating in the Home Run Derby to Angels staff members as a thank-you for their work during the season, according to the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher. Trainers, clubhouse employees, and members of the team's media relations department received the gifts on Friday.
Ohtani quietly devised this plan after being selected to the derby and would have done the same even if he won the $1-million grand prize, sources told Fletcher.
The 27-year-old broke out as both a superstar and the face of baseball during his unprecedented first half with Los Angeles, hitting .279/.364/.698 with a major-league-leading 33 home runs, 70 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases. As a pitcher, he owns a 3.49 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 87 strikeouts in 13 starts.
Ohtani was the talk of the Derby, despite losing to Juan Soto in an epic first-round duel that ended in a three-swing tiebreaker. The Japanese native made history the next night, starting the All-Star Game as both the designated hitter and starting pitcher for the American League.
16 July, 2021 - 07:50pm
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16 July, 2021 - 06:00am
For a couple of days the focus shifted completely to Shohei Ohtani, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr. and some of the other remarkable first-half performers. Not a word about Spider Tack. Heck, the American League even won the All-Star Game while recording just three strikeouts, the lowest total for a winning team since 1962.
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