Shohei Ohtani Creates MLB History
Shohei Ohtani became the first player since the World Series began to make the leaderboards as both a hitter and a pitcher in the same year.
Ohtani pitched a perfect first inning in a 3-2 loss to the A's on Wednesday. This gave him the 162 innings he needed to join the top pitchers in the league.
He hit a single in the first inning, which was his 663rd plate appearance of the year and put him over the 502-plate-appearance mark.
"Normally, I don't care about those numbers, but I was getting close and wanted to see what it feels like," Ohtani said.
Ohtani's 28th and last start of the season was for five innings. He gave up one run on one hit, one walk with six strikeouts before leaving the game with a blister.
Ohtani had a blister on his right middle finger, but he stayed in the game and struck out Dermis Garcia on three pitches.
Ohtani, 28, has enjoyed the award races, but he's disappointed the Angels won't make the playoffs. Since joining in 2018, he hasn't played in the playoffs.
Ohtani signed a $30 million one-year deal on Saturday to avoid arbitration. He also didn't say anything about his plans after next year.
Ohtani will be a free agent after the 2023 season, but he says he hasn't thought about an extension or leaving the team yet.