A huge Otani appeared in Sapporo.
On February 3 (Korean time), the Los Angeles Angels released photos of the snow festival held in Sapporo, Japan through their official SNS. The picture released by the Angels was a statue of Shohei Ohtani to be displayed at the Snow Festival.
The Angels referred to it as ‘Snowhei Ohtani’ and said, “This statue will be displayed at the 73rd Sapporo Snow Festival.” The statue of Ohtani in the photo was a head wearing an Angels batting helmet. Otani’s features such as round face, thick eyebrows, and big eyes are well captured.
Ohtani is from Iwate Prefecture, Japan, but has a big relationship with Sapporo. He made his professional baseball debut with the Sapporo-based Nippon Ham Fighters, and after playing for Nippon Ham for five years, he stepped on the major league stage. Nippon-Ham supported Ohtani’s ‘two careers’ and provided a stepping stone for Ohtani to grow into a major league MVP. Ohtani also decided to participate in the WBC in 2023 with the persuasion of coach Hideki Kuriyama, the “Gift” who led Nippon Ham at the time.
MLB.com also said, “This is not the first time Ohtani’s statue has been exhibited at the Sapporo Snow Festival.” 메이저사이트
Ohtani, the 2021 American League MVP, also finished second in the MVP vote last year. In the major leagues, he successfully doubled pitching perfectly for two consecutive years, and last season, for the first time in major league history, he also fulfilled both at-bats and innings at the same time.
Ohtani, who gets free agent status after the end of this season, is currently the most noteworthy player. The Angels want to keep Ohtani, but Ohtani, who has a strong desire to win, is likely to leave the Angels, which have never made it to the postseason since he joined. The Angels are determined to make it to the postseason this season, which may be the last year with Ohtani.