Japan’s public broadcaster NHK also seems to have sensed that Shohei Ohtani and the LA Angels will no longer be together. After Ohtani’s ‘out for the season’ was officially announced, it was decided not to broadcast any more Angels games.
Multiple local media outlets in the United States, including ‘MLB.com’, reported the news of Ohtani’s ‘season out’ on the 17th (Korean time). ‘MLB.com’ reported, “Ohtani’s greatest season in history has officially ended.”
Ohtani received a lot of attention for his ‘dual sword style’ from the moment he entered the major league stage. A talent that almost every major league club had no choice but to launch an offensive to win a contract with Ohtani. However, Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery early in his career in the major leagues, and has mainly played as a hitter rather than a pitcher.
It is in 2021 that Otani’s talent begins to be fully displayed. Ohtani appeared in 155 games as a hitter that year, with 138 hits, 46 home runs, 100 RBIs, 103 runs, 26 stolen bases, a batting average of 0.257 and an OPS of 0.965, and as a pitcher, he appeared in 23 games with a record of 9 wins, 2 losses and an ERA of 3.18, and was unanimously selected as the American League MVP. .
Ohtani continued his ‘dual sword’ performance last season, proving that 2021 was not ‘sparkling’, and the good trend continued this year as well. Ohtani appeared in 135 games at the plate, with 151 hits, 44 home runs, 95 RBI, 102 runs, a batting average of 0.304, an OPS of 1.066, and
However, unexpected variables began to occur. Ohtani went on the mound as a starting pitcher in the first game of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds on the 24th of last month, but he left the mound after pitching only 1⅓ innings. The result of the examination was ‘worst’. His right elbow ligament was torn, and general manager Perry Minassian announced that Ohtani would no longer be on the mound as a pitcher for the remainder of the season.
Nevertheless, there was no brake on Otani’s ‘passion’. Despite being aware that his elbow ligaments were torn, Ohtani continued to appear as a batter in the second game of the doubleheader, and continued to play until the match against the Oakland Athletics on the 4th. Then, Otani suddenly disappeared. This time his side caused trouble.
Ohtani has not been named in the starting lineup since the 5th, and coach Phil Nevin revealed that Ohtani had signs of microscopic inflammation on his side. However, he explained that it was not a serious injury and that he would be able to see Ohtani on the ground soon. Ohtani, who had been absent repeatedly, was named in the starting lineup against the Seattle Mariners on the 12th for the first time in a long time. However, this also did not lead to a business trip.
Ohtani was included in the starting lineup 3:30 before the game against Seattle, but the lineup was suddenly changed just 2:30 before the game started. This was because he felt pain in his side again. Despite this situation, Coach Nevin repeatedly emphasized that he had no intention of placing Ohtani on the injured list (IL) and that he would wait for him to return. However, on the 16th, somewhat shocking news was delivered.
American multiple media reported, “After the game between the Angels and Detroit Tigers, Ohtani’s locker room was cleaned up.” Local reporters as well as teammates could not hide their embarrassment. The Angels kept quiet, saying they would reveal more details on the 17th, but the news on the 17th was that he would not play any more games for the remainder of the season due to being placed on the injured list.
Ohtani will qualify as a free agent for the first time in his life at the end of this season. The New York Post in the United States said, “Ohtani’s time with the Angels is over,” and “CBS Sports” said, “Ohtani’s season is over. The Angels’ last “It is highly likely that he has finished playing,” he said. Although he cannot rule out the possibility of signing a new contract with the Angels, he predicts that the probability of doing so is not high.안전놀이터
Meanwhile, Japanese public broadcaster NHK seems to have similar thoughts. NHK has been broadcasting Angels games, but with Ohtani out for the season, they decided not to broadcast Angels games anymore. Japan’s ‘Full Count’ reported, “The Angels broadcast ended after the game on the 17th.”
Sam Bloom of ‘The Athletic’ said, “NHK stopped broadcasting when Ohtani was out for the season. NHK always had Ohtani on camera. They broadcast many games featuring Japanese players, but because of Ohtani’s popularity, the Angels broadcast every game. “I have been doing it,” he explained.
With NHK deciding not to broadcast the Angels, it is expected that the remainder of the season will mainly broadcast Chicago Cubs Seiya Suzuki’s games.