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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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