Major League superstar Ohtani Shohei (29, LA Angels) has started quenching for a new task for the upcoming season.
Japanese local media ‘Nikkan Sports’ wrote about Ohtani’s off-season training on the 8th. Ohtani is sweating in preparation for the 2023 season in Arizona, USA. Both pitchers and batters are continuing their outstanding performances on the top stage of the major leagues, but they seemed not to be satisfied. We are doing our best to strengthen our off-season focus.
The media said, “Ohtani installed a measuring device on the ground and repeated the process of running with all his might, keeping an appropriate distance. 메이저놀이터
Ohtani excels not only in pitching, but also in main power. After making his major league debut in 2018, he had double-digit steals four times in five seasons. However, compared to the 2021 season, when he recorded the most stolen bases with 26, last year’s figure decreased significantly. The number (26 in the 2021 season, 11 in the 2022 season) decreased by 15, and the success rate (72% in the 2021 season, 55% in the 2022 season) also decreased by 17%.
The media said, “Ohtani was often the second hitter in front of Mike Trout (32) last year. It is the effect of the decrease in stolen base attempts, but the success rate also decreased.” Various changes are taking place in the major leagues, such as becoming, and the league itself is raising awareness about stealing bases.”
The media continued to predict that Ohtani could steal more than 30 bases. It is not an impossible figure for Ohtani, who has already recorded 26 stolen bases (2021) by combining fast main power and running sense. “If Ohtani increases the success rate as well as stealing attempts, more than 30 steals is enough. Jorge Mateo (28, Baltimore Orioles), who became the American League stealer king with 35 steals last year, is also possible,” he expressed anticipation.
Meanwhile, Ohtani goes through individual training and moves to the Angels’ spring camp. After that, he plans to join the Japanese national team in preparation for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) early next month.