KAMAGAYA, Japan (Reuters) – Japanese fans conquered the winter chilly on Friday to get a look at Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani in preparing for the up and coming American baseball season.
The Angels won a warmed race toward the end of last year to sign the 23-year-old, who was a refined pitcher and hitter for his previous club, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham-Fighters.
Ohtani was at Kamagaya Stadium, a hour’s drive from Tokyo, on Friday, taking practice swings and doing some light running as fans looked on.
“I think for all groups, including the Angels, it’s a noteworthy objective to win the World Series,” Ohtani told columnists.
“I need to start rehearsing now with the expectations of helping the group get nearer to that objective.”
Ohtani, who pitches right-gave, had a 2.52 earned run normal (ERA) in five seasons with the Ham-Fighters. The left-gave hitter hit .332 out of 2017 and has slugged 48 homers in 1,035 vocation at-bats.
Ohtani’s two-way capacity has incited correlations with Hall of Famer Babe Ruth, who hit a joined 40 grand slams while batting .312 for the Boston Red Sox in 1918 and 1919.
Ruth likewise had a 2.55 ERA before he turned into a fulltime outfielder in the wake of being exchanged to the New York Yankees.
(Announcing by Teppei Kasai, altering by Darren Schuettler)