Ohtani Shohei (29, LA Angels) thanked the teacher for reuniting.
The American sports media ‘Sports Illustrated (SI)’ said on the 11th (Korean time), “There is one person who helped Ohtani get to where he is now.” He acknowledged his contribution to making it.”
Ohtani worked with manager Hideki Kuriyama during the Nippon Ham Fighters in the Japanese Pro League before advancing to the big leagues. In other words, director Kuriyama is Ohtani’s teacher. They recently reunited.
Japan recently announced the first 12 key players among the list of players to participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), and Ohtani was also on board.
The Japanese national team is led by coach Kuriyama. Coach Kuriyama and student Ohtani will participate in the WBC held in March together. Ohtani’s participation in the WBC was also persuaded by coach Kuriyama.메이저놀이터
‘SI’ said, “Ohtani has already established himself as the greatest ‘two-hitter’ player in major league history.” “In terms of talent, he has already surpassed Babe Ruth. Ohtani is still only 29 years old. He noted that he prepares for the next season as one of the best hitters and the team’s ace.”
The media then said, “Ohtani will remember the person who helped him become a ‘two-hitters’ superstar.”
In the 2022 season, Ohtani recorded 15 wins and 9 losses and an average ERA of 2.33 as a pitcher in the big leagues, and as a hitter, he had a batting average of 2.77 and 34 homers and 95 RBIs.
He said, “If it wasn’t for coach Kuriyama, I wouldn’t have become a ‘two-hitter’ player. It would have been more difficult for him to steadily develop as a professional player, but I am really grateful.”