Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels), a Japanese major leaguer who boasts an improved sense of hitting recently, pledged to play an active role befitting an All-Star.스포츠토토

On the 14th, Japanese sports newspaper Sponichi reported a question and answer with Ohtani after the 2023 American Professional Baseball Major League LA Angels and Texas match held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, USA on the 14th.

Ohtani, who played as the designated hitter on the day, hit his 19th and 20th home runs of the season. He hit a tying home run in the 7th inning when the team fell behind 4-5, and hit a game-tying home run in the 12th inning to tie the game 5-5. The Angels won 9-6.

Ohtani said of himself, “The way I saw the ball was good, and the result was good.”

This game was the first game of a 4-game road trip against Texas. Ohtani said, “I’m even more happy because I hit a home run.”

Ohtani led the AL in the midterm tally of All-Star voting. He received 924,182 votes in the designated hitter category. And by hitting two homers on the day, he surpassed Aaron Judge (New York Yankees) and became the AL home run leader.

Regarding the All-Star vote, Ohtani expressed his determination, saying, “I am really grateful and I want to work hard to continue the content that seems to fit with it.”

Continuing an upward trend in June, he said, “As the season progresses, I think it seems to be getting better, including getting used to batting. He still thinks that June is a good month, but he thinks it is an important time for the All-Star Game, so he will do his best.”

Ohtani was named as the second designated hitter in the game against Texas held on the 14th.

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