1. The Babe Ruth of Japan Is Suiting Up Stateside
Last September, when Shohei Ohtani—the so-called Babe Ruth of Japan—announced that he intended to play in the majors, the baseball world lost its mind. And no surprise. Like Ruth, the 23-year-old star dominates on both offense and defense; while playing in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league, he was clocked throwing 102-mile-per-hour fastballs, and he once sent a homer through the roof of the Tokyo Dome. In December, after considering 30 clubs, Ohtani decided to join All-Star center fielder Mike Trout on the playoff-contending Los Angeles Angels. Safe to say, Ohtani stands to be one of the most-hyped players heading into the season, and the biggest two-way star since the Great Bambino took the field.
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