TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani reflected on his sensational rookie season in the major leagues Thursday and said he thinks it was a good decision to undergo Tommy John surgery. "It was a fruitful year and I enjoyed every day of it. When I look back at it, I can say it was a good season," Ohtani said in a press conference packed with reporters. "Of course, I resisted going under the knife, but when I considered the long-term effects I thought it would be best to do what it takes to get me back on the mound in good health. Now, I can say I'm glad I had (the surgery)," he said. The 24-year-old Japanese, who won the American League Rookie of the Year Award, underwent a procedure to repair a Grade 2 ulnar collateral ligament injury to his right elbow on Oct. 1. In his first media appearance after arriving back in his homeland a day earlier, Ohtani was bombarded with questions on a variety of topics ranging from his injury to the Tokyo Olympics to what … [Read more...] about Baseball: Ohtani looks back on rookie season, positive about surgery
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ANAHEIM, California (Kyodo) -- Following his historic first season in Major League Baseball, two-way rookie Shohei Ohtani on Sunday said he had made the right decision in joining the Los Angeles Angels. "Every game I play, every time I come to the stadium, I feel good to be there," said Ohtani, who chose the American League West side after being pursued by several clubs. "The number one thing is that I am able to enjoy playing baseball every day." Despite a pitching elbow injury prematurely ending his bid to become the first player in 100 years to post 10 wins on the mound and hit 10 home runs, Ohtani recorded several milestones in his groundbreaking first season in the majors. The 24-year-old Japanese phenomenon entered Sunday's regular-season finale against the Oakland Athletics batting .285 with 93 hits, 22 home runs, 61 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. As a pitcher, Ohtani went 4-2 over 10 starts with a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 51-2/3 innings before a damaged ulnar … [Read more...] about MLB: Angels’ Ohtani reflects on historic rookie season in majors
By Field Level Media September 30. 2018 7:57PM Boston's J.D. Martinez (28) hugs second baseman Brock Holt after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports) J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning and the Boston Red Sox concluded the best regular season in team history with a 10-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.Martinez gave the Red Sox a 10-2 lead when he drove an 0-1 pitch from Justus Sheffield over the center field fence and into the Boston bullpen. Reliever Robby Scott was warming up and caught the ball in his cap.It was Martinez’s 43rd homer and upped his RBI total to 130. He joined Hall of Famer Ted Williams (1949) and Mo Vaughn (1996) as the only players to hit at least .325 with at least 40 homers and 125 RBIs and broke the team record set by Dick Stuart in 1963 for the most homers by a player in his first season with Boston.Xander … [Read more...] about Red Sox handle Yankees, finish up team’s best regular season ever
By J.P. Hoornstra | [email protected] | Daily NewsPUBLISHED: September 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm | UPDATED: September 30, 2018 at 12:17 pm ANAHEIM – Shohei Ohtani said through his interpreter that “nothing crazy really surprised me on or off the field” in his first year as a major league player. Maybe that means that Ohtani, the Angels’ 24-year-old rookie phenom, was the crazy and surprising one. As he prepared for his 104th and final game of the season Sunday, Ohtani had already accomplished a feat many thought impossible. His 3.31 earned-run average was the lowest of any Angels pitcher who made at least 10 starts in 2018. His .362 on-base percentage, .568 slugging percentage, 10 stolen bases and .392 weighted on-base average trailed only Mike Trout. Despite losing 22 games to an elbow injury, Ohtani established himself as baseball’s best dual-threat pitcher/position player in a century. “Overall I was able to have fun and enjoy everything when … [Read more...] about Shohei Ohtani reflects on decision to play for Angels and historic rookie season
For the third season in a row, the Yankees have a front-runner for the American League Rookie of the Year. In 2016, catcher Gary Sanchez finished second in voting to Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer. In 2017, right fielder Aaron Judge took home the hardware while finishing second in the American League MVP race to Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. In 2018, the Yankees have the top two rookie candidates in third baseman Miguel Andujar and second baseman Gleyber Torres. MLB.com examined the play of the top rookie players for every team, and here's the conclusion about which Yankees newbie is having the better season: Yankees: Miguel Andujar Nothing was handed to Andujar, who made the most of an early-season opportunity when Brandon Drury anded on the disabled list to grab hold of the third-base job. Andujar's calling card is his bat, and he quickly cemented a reputation as an extra-base hit machine, tallying the third-most extra-base hits by a … [Read more...] about Is Miguel Andujar or Gleyber Torres the Yankees’ best rookie?