Is baseball star Shohei Ohtani going to live up to the hype?
In this Nov. 19, 2015, photo, Japan’s starter Shohei Ohtani pitches against South Korea during the first inning of their semifinal game at the Premier12 world baseball tournament at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. Japanese star Shohei Ohtani is bringing his arm and bat to the Los Angeles Angels, pairing him with two-time MVP Mike Trout. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi, File)
The Japanese Babe Ruth is finally coming to MLB, and he will be wearing a halo. Shohei Ohtani signed with the Los Angeles Angels, and he will be bringing a lot of hype with him. Many think Ohtani will be the next superstar in the league with his hard pitches and a fast bat. Still, MLB is littered with the careers of Japanese players who couldn’t cut it in the Majors. What do you think?
Armed with a 100 mph fastball and powerful bat, Ohtani is set to be the biggest Japanese star in MLB since Ichiro Suzuki. He finished his five-year Nippon Professional Baseball career with a .500 slugging percentage, and 2.52 ERA. His showstopping performances gave baseball fans a preview of things to come for MLB players, and the league should be put on notice. Ohtani is the next big star.
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Every couple of years, there is a talented Japanese player that dominates the NPB and is expected to translate his production to the Majors. Like clockwork, most of these players don’t live up to the hype. Ohtani might be the newest face on the scene, but that doesn’t mean he will automatically be a future all-star. There is a lot of pressure for him to perform, and there is no way he can handle that many eyes on him. He will probably crumble under expectations.
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