“Will he become #1 for Japanese born layers ?”- Shohei Ohtani passes Ichiro Suzuki with his 118th career home run

Hideki Matsui currently holds the first position of Japanese born players. Will Shohei Ohtani surpass him?

Shohei Ohtani
Shohei Ohtani
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Tuesday night against the Oakland A’s, two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels passed Ichiro Suzuki to become the Japanese-born player with the second-most career home runs in Major League Baseball. In the seventh inning, Ohtani hit a solo drive to right field off reliever Sam Selman for his 25th long ball of the season.

Suzuki, who finished his career with 3,089 hits, blasted 117 home runs in 9,934 at-bats over the course of 19 seasons. The most recent home run for the current American League MVP came in his 1,799th career at-bat. He’s on track to surpass Hideki Matsui, who currently holds the top spot among players born in Japan with 175 home runs over 4,442 plate appearances.

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Shohei Ohtani has repeated the feat with 157 strikeouts

Shohei Ohtani
Shohei Ohtani

The 46 home runs Ohtani hit this season in the MLB were a part of his MVP candidacy. Before moving to MLB, he played in five seasons of Nippon Professional Baseball and hit 48 home runs, compared to Suzuki’s 118 in nine seasons. Matsui had 332 more victories after ten years in Japan. 

Ohtani started the game on Tuesday and threw six innings without allowing a run. According to the Angels, he is the only pitcher in the American League since Baltimore’s Dave McNally on Tuesday, August 9, 1972 at Milwaukee, to pitch six or more innings without allowing a run while also hitting a home run. 

Additionally, Ohtani with 157 strikeouts has now accomplished the feat twice after becoming the first player in history to blast 25 home runs and retire 150 batters from the pitching in the same season.

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