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How Will Shohei Ohtani Adjust To MLB?

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This offseason the Angels signed Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, Othani is a two-way player, who will pitch and DH this season for the Angels.

In Ohtani last full season with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in 2016, he batted .322 with 22 homers and on the mound went 10-4, 1.86 ERA with 174 K in 140 innings pitched.

Ohtani brings a triple-digit fastball along with a nasty slider, forkball, and an occasional curveball. In 2017 Ohtani missed some time due to an ankle injury, but he looks to be fully healed.

In the majors, Ohtani will have to adjust to many things, he will have to get used to the cultural differences from Japan to America. He will also get pitched much different in the Majors than in the Japanese league.

Scouts who scouted the likes of Hideki Matsui and Ichiro Suzuki said ” These guys have some much respect from pitchers in there country. I never seen a batter get so many cookies”. That will not happen in the Majors, I think Ohtani will see a lot of breaking balls low and inside, to keep him off balance.

On the mound Ohtani will have to get use to the Major-league pitching schedule, there is no automatic Mondays off in the Majors like in the Japanese league.

At the end of the day, Ohtani has the tools to be a superstar in this league. It will take him some time to adjust to major league pitching and to get use to learn how to pitch to major league batters.

It will help that Ohtani will have players like Albert Pujols and Mike Trout to help him along the way with hitting and how to approach the game. It looks like Ohtani will be starting pitcher and will DH on days he does not pitch, it will be interesting to see how a 2-way player will do in this day in age.

There is no doubt Ohtani has the skills to be a superstar, he just needs time to get acclimated to the majors, then the sky is the limit.

 

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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Red Sox Dustin Pedroia Attempting Return in 2020

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Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has reportedly given “every indication” that he intends to play in 2020 says new chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, according to MassLive.com’s Christopher Smith.

Pedroia, 36, underwent a mid-season knee procedure that had many questioning his career.

“Every indication I’ve gotten is he’s feeling good and intending on playing,” Bloom says of Pedroia. “I know he’s working really hard to make sure he’s in as good of shape as possible,” Bloom said.

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