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Shohei Ohtani signs historic $30 million deal with Los Angeles Angels

  • Shohei “Shotime” Ohtani set a new record on Saturday after he and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $30 million deal for the 2023 season.
  • Ohtani’s deal with the Angels is reportedly the highest that any arbitration-eligible player has ever signed, even beating the $27 million deal Mookie Betts agreed on to play for the Boston Red Sox in January 2020.
  • An MLB player becomes eligible for salary arbitration if they have "three or more years of Major League service but less than six years of Major League service" and "do not already have a contract for the next season," the MLB explained. Players and teams can negotiate salaries, but if no deals have been made by the predetermined deadline, the two sides must exchange salary figures for the next season, and a hearing will ensue.
  • “If no one-year or multi-year settlement can be reached by the hearing date, the case is brought before a panel of arbitrators,” the league continued. “After hearing arguments from both sides, the panel selects either the salary figure of either the player or the club (but not one in between) as the player's salary for the upcoming season.”

Shohei “Shotime” Ohtani has set a new record for receiving the highest one-year contract for an arbitration-eligible player after signing a $30 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels for the 2023 season.

The Angels reportedly agreed to a one-year $30 million deal with Ohtani, 28, to avoid arbitration on Saturday, Jeff Passan of ESPN tweeted.

ENHYPEN to throw first pitch at LA’s Dodger Stadium to celebrate Korean Heritage Night

  • K-pop boy group ENHYPEN will throw the ceremonial first pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Miami Marlins game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday. 
  • The upcoming baseball game will celebrate Korean Heritage Night. 
  • ENHYPEN will perform during KCON LA 2022 at Crypto.com Arena on Saturday. 
  • The septet will return to the U.S. in October for their “Manifesto” world tour.

K-pop boy group ENHYPEN is helping Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium celebrate Korean Heritage Night by throwing the first pitch of the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Miami Marlins game on Friday.

The Dodgers made an announcement on Twitter on Aug. 18, saying that fans need to “wait and see” to find out which member of the septet will throw the pitch.

MLB star Shohei Ohtani joins Babe Ruth in exclusive club, passes Japanese icon Ichiro Suzuki

  • Major League Baseball (MLB) player Shohei Ohtani, 28, hit major milestones on Tuesday night as he helped his Los Angeles Angels team to victory.
  • Ohtani achieved the statistic of having 10 home runs and 10 wins in the same season, an achievement that has not been reached since Babe Ruth 102 years ago.
  • He also hit his 25th home run of the season, bringing his home run total to 118, surpassing Japanese MLB legend Ichiro Suzuki’s 117.
  • The Japanese native is far from finished and could potentially pass former New York Yankees star Hideki Matsui, who holds the record for most home runs by a Japanese player in MLB at 175, a figure just 57 home runs away for Ohtani.
  • In the 5-1 game on Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics, Ohtani played a critical role in the victory as he hit a home run and pitched six innings with five strikeouts.

Major League Baseball (MLB) player Shohei Ohtani hit major milestones on Tuesday night as he helped his Los Angeles Angels team to victory, which saw him joining the likes of legend Babe Ruth and surpassing Japanese icon Ichiro Suzuki. 

Ohtani, 28, not only achieved the statistic of having 10 home runs and 10 wins in the same season, which has not been reached by another player since Babe Ruth 102 years ago, but he also hit his 25th home run, bringing his total to 118 and surpassing Suzuki’s 117. 

Saweetie honors Filipino heritage with Dodgers’ game first pitch

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  • Grammy-nominated rapper Saweetie strutted onto the pitcher's mound to deliver the ceremonial first pitch of a Los Angeles Dodgers game against the Chicago Cubs in honor of Filipino Heritage Night.
  • Saweetie, whose mother is half Chinese and half Filipino, also shouted out fellow Bay Area Filipino artist H.E.R., who collaborated with her on a single for her upcoming debut album, “Pretty Bitch Music.”
  • “Pretty Bitch Music” is slated to release later this year.

Grammy-nominated rapper Saweetie strutted onto the pitcher’s mound to deliver the ceremonial first pitch of a Los Angeles Dodgers game against the Chicago Cubs in honor of Filipino Heritage Night. 

Even though she was blinged out with diamond rings and 4-inch-long, jewel-encrusted nails, the “Icy Queen” still managed to dish out a solid pitch. Getting into pitching position while balancing on her Christian Louboutin heels, she tossed the ball straight into the glove of superstar right fielder Mookie Betts. 

Shohei Ohtani joins likes of Stephen Curry, Tom Brady in partnership with crypto platform

  • Crypto trading platform FTX named Los Angeles Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani as one of its global brand ambassadors, the company first announced via CNN in November 2021.
  • “He's obviously one of the most electric players in all of sports right now," 29-year-old Sam Bankman-Fried, who co-founded the platform, told CNN. “We are hoping to have a similarly revolutionary impact on what fintech means and what personal finance apps look like.”
  • FTX, which is currently the fourth-largest crypto exchange behind ​​Binance, OKX and Bybit, released an ad featuring Ohtani at the beginning of the 2022 MBL season in April.
  • As part of his deal with FTX, the baseball player will reportedly be paid in crypto and also have a stake in the company.
  • In addition to FTX, Ohtani is a partner of more than 15 other brands, including Hugo Boss, Fanatics, Panini, Seiko, Topps, Oakley, Descente, Kowa and Mitsubishi Bank.

Crypto trading platform FTX has named Los Angeles Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani as one of its global brand ambassadors.

The platform, founded by billionaires Gary Wang, 32, and Sam Bankman-Fried, 29, first broke the news of Ohtani’s role as its new global brand ambassador to CNN in November 2021. Ohtani, 27, joined a list of athletes promoting FTX, including NFL quarterback Tom Brady and Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry.

Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits his first career grand slam

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  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hit his first professional grand slam in a match against the Tampa Bay Rays (11-3) on Monday night.
  • The two-way phenom said he did not know it was his first, thinking he already hit one during his five seasons with the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan.
  • The Angels so far are 20-11 on the season and will continue to face the Rays in their three-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Los Angeles Angels’ two-way star Shohei Ohtani hit his first professional grand slam on Monday night.

The Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-3 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, with center fielder Mike Trout also hitting a home run in the sixth inning to score the home team an early 6-1 lead.

Watch: 20-year-old Japanese baseball phenom strikes out record-setting 19 in historic perfect game

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  • Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) player Roki Sasaki, 20, played a perfect, record-setting game for his Chiba Lotte Marines team against the Orix Buffaloes on Sunday.
  • Sasaki tied a league record for dishing out 19 strikeouts against the Buffaloes and set a record in Japanese pro baseball for striking out 13 consecutive batters.
  • Sasaki’s performance was the 16th perfect game in NPB history and the first one since 1994. In Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) 150-year history, there have only been 23 perfect games in total.
  • Sasaki gained attention in high school for his devastating forkball and a fastball that exceeded 100 miles per hour and has been compared to MLB star Shohei Otani’s.

A rising star pitcher in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) dished out 19 strikeouts in a rare perfect game on Sunday

Roki Sasaki, the 20-year-old right-hander for the Chiba Lotte Marines, made 19 strikeouts in the team’s game against the Orix Buffaloes. He also set a record in Japanese pro baseball for striking out 13 consecutive batters. 

Shohei Ohtani makes history as first Asian athlete to grace front cover of US sports video game

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  • Los Angeles Angels’ two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani will grace the cover of video game “Major League Baseball: The Show 22.”
  • It marks the first time an Asian athlete has ever been featured on the cover of an American sports video game.
  • Ohtani’s “The Show” cover comes after a stellar performance throughout the 2021 season that saw him win the 2021 American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

Shohei Ohtani, America’s favorite baseball player, is set to make history as the first Asian athlete in the U.S. to be featured on the cover of a video game. 

The 27-year-old baseball superstar, who has just completed a historic 2021 season, will be the cover star of the “MLB: The Show 22” video game, reported ESPN

Shohei Ohtani named Player of the Year by Associated Press, MLB Player of the Year by other players

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Los Angeles Angels pitcher, designated hitter and outfielder Shohei Ohtani has been named Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

Awards after awards: Ohtani, 27, was voted Player of the Year by the publication on Thursday. He was also named American League’s Outstanding Player and MLB Player of the Year during the MLB Players Choice Awards 2021, according to the Associated Press.