Shohei Ohtani didn’t win the Home Run Derby, but he was a big winner for what he did with his Home Run Derby money.
Ohtani received $ 150,000 for his arrival at the Home Run Derby, where he lost in the first round to Juan Soto after an excellent duel.
The two-way Los Angeles Angels star decided to give away its prize money to about 30 Angels support staff, reports Jeff Fletcher of OC Register. Ohtani reportedly distributed checks to coaches, club employees and media relations staff on Friday.
In 2019, MLB increased its bonus prize pool to attract Home Run Derby participants. The winner receives $ 1 million, that Pete Alonso captured. Ohtani apparently intended to give his Home Run Derby money to the Angels staff members even if he won the whole thing.
An additional aspect of this move from Ohtani is his MLB salary. Ohtani did $ 6.7 million since joining MLB in 2018. His base salary this season is $ 3 million. While that’s a lot of money by most standards, it’s nothing compared to the salaries of $ 30 million per year (or more) that some of the game’s top players make. This means that the $ 150,000 is proportionately higher than if it were a $ 100 million player.