Japanese big leaguer Shohei Ohtani, who presented a ‘power show’, is in a frenzy even to the American media.
Ohtani, a player of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) Japan national team, hit two 3-run home runs in an evaluation match against the Hanshin Tigers held at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan on the 6th, showing the first feeling of hitting.
In particular, in the second at-bat from 1st, 1st and 2nd bases in the beginning of the 3rd inning, he knelt down and swung a forkball over the fence, showing his supernatural power. In the fifth inning, he attacked a four-seam fastball with a speed of 142 km / h. He didn’t seem to be right off the bat, but he got over the fence again. The Japanese national team won 8-1 thanks to Ohtani’s performance with 6 RBIs.
MLB.com posted the scene of Ohtani’s home run on the main screen. Considering that the WBC is a tournament hosted by the Major League Baseball (MLB) secretariat, it draws attention. 로켓 토토
MLB.com introduced that Ohtani could not join the national team in the 2017 tournament, and that he was able to confirm why he is an icon of Japanese baseball at the Hanshin War on the 6th. A Japanese fan posted a picture on personal social media (SNS) comparing Adrian Beltre’s ‘knee shoot’ hit with Ohtani’s swing, and MLB.com introduced it. Beltre is a legendary player with 3166 hits in his MLB career.
MLB even mentioned the scene where Ohtani hit a home run and showed the ceremony he had learned from Lars Nutba, a fellow foreign national team member. There seems to be no dispute that Ohtani is the number one icon of this tournament. Not only Japanese baseball fans, but baseball fans around the world are paying attention to him.