Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani continues to defy belief by doing what he does best: breaking records and reaching centennial milestones.
Given his two-way prowess, comparisons to baseball icon Babe Ruth have been plentiful. Though Ruth pulled double duty for only a couple of seasons, his level of excellence in both roles hadn’t been seen until Ohtani appeared in the majors in 2017.
Since then, there has been no going back. Now, we’re in a position where it’s hard to imagine a baseball season without Ohtani pulling off a Ruthian feat.
According to a statistic shared by MLB member Héctor Gómez, Ohtani and Ruth share identical starts to their major league careers.
On Sunday, Ohtani played in his 674th career game against the Houston Astros and hit his 160th career home run, one more than Ruth’s home run in as many games. However, he gets even better.
Ohtani and Ruth also have nearly identical win-loss records through their first 455 innings, as Ohtani is 35-18 while The Babe was 35-19.
While there’s really no point in comparing players from two completely different eras, MLB fans on Twitter can’t help themselves. With statistics so eerily similar, the debate between Sohei Ohtani and Babe Ruth continues.
Babe Ruth will always have his place in baseball history, as will Shohei Ohtani when he retires from the sport. The Los Angeles Angels superstar is the very definition of “once in a lifetime,” because what he has accomplished at just 29 years old is unprecedented.
Shohei Ohtani Trade Rumors: The Future Of The Two-Way Phenomenon Remains Unclear
Shohei Ohtani, the remarkable two-way star of the Los Angeles Angels, is set to receive jaw-dropping offers that reach a staggering $500 million once his current contract expires at the end of the season.
Ohtani, who made history by becoming the first player to achieve 100 RBIs and 100 strikeouts in a single season, ranks first in MLB in home runs, triples and OPS.
Despite Shohei Ohtani’s undeniable dominance, there is growing uncertainty about his future with the Angels. Team owner Arte Moreno has failed to secure a long-term deal with the Japanese phenom. Adding to the dilemma is the Angels’ inability to get anywhere near the playoffs since Ohtani’s arrival in 2018, which could ultimately lead to the No. 17 leaving the team.
Shotime’s fate remains a mystery, with speculation suggesting the Angels should consider trading him before the season concludes. By doing so, the Angels would at least save something of value for a contract that would be worthless to them once October rolls around.