If the Japanese team wants Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani, all they have to do is ask.
Ohtani said the same when asked about the World Baseball Classic on Monday. According to NHK World Japan, he said he hopes to make the roster for next year’s tournament. It would be the first time he would dress as injuries had prevented him from participating in the past.
Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani hopes to be part of World Baseball Classic
It would seem that Ohtani’s participation would be a lock for the WBC. Team Japan would pack one of the majors’ best hitters and an ace-caliber pitcher all into one. The only possible question would be whether he wanted to play on only one side of the ball during the tournament.
Now that he’s finally healthy, major league fans are seeing the player he was in Japan all those years ago. He posted an impressive 149 OPS+ with 65 homers and 41 doubles in 1,021 plate appearances since the start of the 2021 season while stealing 36 bases. This performance alone would apparently guarantee Ohtani a top spot on Team Japan’s roster.
Then there is his throw. He posted a 2.86 ERA and 1.049 WHiP in his 217.1 innings during that span, striking out 279 batters with just 66 walks. He’s proven he can be a major league ace too, a player not seen since the days of Martin Dihigo.
There’s a good chance Ohtani will add several more MVP awards to his trophy before the end of his career if he stays healthy. If he played both sides of the ball and performed as you would expect during the WBC, he could also add another prize to his trophy from there.
Shohei Ohtani wants to make Team Japan in the World Baseball Classic. It seems inevitable that the Los Angeles Angels star will be included.