Shohei Ohtani: The Amazing Story of Baseball's Two-Way Japanese Superstar (Hardcover)

Shohei Ohtani: The Amazing Story of Baseball's Two-Way Japanese Superstar By Jay Paris, Mark Langston (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jay Paris, Mark Langston (Foreword by)
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With highlights Shohei Ohtani’s best games on the mound and at bat for the Los Angeles Angels from each month of his rookie season—as well as anecdotes of his life in America—this is one book that every fan of Major League Baseball will want--newly updated to include MVP and World Baseball Classic coverage!

Rarely does anyone use the term “two-way” in regard to a baseball player. Yet the Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, at the young age of twenty-three, has become the epitome of the term, drawing comparisons to Babe Ruth by baseball pundits everywhere.

After being drafted by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League with the number-one pick in 2012, the eighteen-year-old Ohtani struggled with the bat during his rookie season. However, he had a breakout year in 2014, posting a 2.61 ERA in 24 starts and 179 strikeouts (as well as 10 home runs). By 2017, all thirty Major League Baseball teams had heard about the Japanese phenom and expressed interest in signing him. Ultimately, the Angels offered him the opportunity to compete as a two-way player and the chance to accomplish his professional goals.

After a quiet spring training, Ohtani broke out in the first two weeks of the 2018 regular season, becoming just the 14th pitcher in major-league history to strike out 12 batters in one of his first two starts. He also homered in three consecutive games during that stretch. Shohei Ohtani: The Amazing Story of Baseball’s Two-Way Japanese Superstar tells the story of the player from rural Japan who became a two-way star not seen in America since Babe Ruth.

About the Author

Jay Paris is a celebrated sports journalist and the author of Game of My Life San Diego Chargers. A three-time recipient of awards from the Pro Football Writers Association of America, Paris has served as web editor for Mighty1090AM.com, a Southern California sports site, since 2014.

Mark Langston, a four-time All-Star pitcher, is the color analyst for Angels baseball on KLAA AM 830.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781683584834
ISBN-10: 168358483X
Publisher: Sports Publishing
Publication Date: July 4th, 2023
Pages: 184
Language: English