Shohei Ohtani Biography
(Japanese Professional Baseball Pitcher, Designated Hitter and Outfielder)
Birthday: July 5, 1994 (Cancer)
Born In: Oshu, Iwate, Japan
Shohei Ohtani (sometimes also spelt Otani) is a Japanese professional baseball player who is currently affiliated with Major League Baseball (MLB) team Los Angeles Angels. A rare talent, he is equally dominant at pitching and hitting and is often dubbed as Japan’s Babe Ruth. Ohtani was introduced to the sport by his father, and soon the incredible speed of his fast ball drew both domestic and international attention. Initially, he wanted to go the United States right after finishing school, skipping the Japanese draft, but the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball’s (NPB) Pacific League aggressively courted him. He eventually relented and became their first pick in the 2012 draft. Ohtani would play the next five seasons for the Fighters and would lead them to the Pacific League Championship and Japan Series title in 2016. He has also won several personal accolades and is the current holder of the record of throwing the fastest pitch by a Japanese pitcher and in NPB history at 102.5 mph. At the international level, he was a member of the bronze-winning Japanese team at the 2015 WBSC Premier 12 championship. In December 2017, he finally came to the US as a contracted player for the Los Angeles Angels.