Shohei Ohtani “No. 1 DH” and “Starting pitcher” Tomorrow’s first “dual wield outflow field” in the history of ball banquet (1/2 page) Shohei Ohtani
Shohei Ohtani (27) of the American League Angels will be the “No. 1 Designated Hitter” of the League in the 91st All-Star Game to be held on the 13th (14th Japan time) at Coors Field in Denver, the home of the Rockies. DH) ”and it was decided to participate as a starting pitcher. Rays Cash, who heads the American League, announced on the 12th (13th) the day before. This is the first dual wield game in the US All-Star Game. A special rule has been adopted that allows you to participate as a DH even after you get off the board. Undoubtedly, Otani, who became the protagonist of this year, is introduced as “Mr. Everything” in the tournament pamphlet.
This is the second Japanese player to start pitching at the US ball banquet for the first time in 26 years since Hideo Nomo (Dodgers) in 1995. Otani first stood at bat in the top of the first inning with DH, and in the bottom of the first inning, he went up to the starting mound with special rules. In fact, it means “No. 1 pitcher”.
On this day, Otani attended the press conference in a white shirt in the atmosphere of a spectacular ball feast.
“I’m looking forward to playing with great players who are fighting during the season and with players who have never fought in the National League. I never expected (starting pitcher). I was chosen as a pitcher. I didn’t expect that much, so I’m very honored to be selected as the starting pitcher. I’ll do my best to meet my expectations, “he said with a radiant expression.
It is said that Cash has repeatedly considered how to use Otani’s optimal dual wield.
“I thought about letting Otani play as a DH first and then throwing it in relief in the second half of the game. I thought about it. “