Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Los Angeles Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani has done something awesome.
Late in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s home game against the Boston Red Sox, Ohtani crushed his 32nd homer of the season:
As Rhett bollinger of the MLB website noted, Ohtani set a new record for home runs hit in an MLB season by a player of Japanese descent.
ESPN’s Tristan H. Cockcroft added:
Ohtani passed former New York Yankees slugger Hideki Matsui in the record books, who reacted to Wednesday’s development via a statement:
“Thirty-two home runs in a season is just a passing point for a hitter like Shohei. I used to be considered a longball hitter in the Majors, but I believe he really is a longball hitter. . Plus he is an incredible hitter. Pitcher. He goes beyond what is considered conventional for a Major League player and there is no one else like him. I hope he continues his success this season because he carries the hopes and dreams of many fans and young children. As a baseball fan myself, I can’t wait to see what he is able to do next. ”
As Bollinger noted, Ohtani has hit 32 home runs in under 81 full games, which makes it all but unfair comparing him to Matsui or any other star born in Japan. Ohtani will have the opportunity to appear in front of a national television audience when he takes part in the Home Run Derby at Coors Field on Monday.