Shohei Ohtani is a Japanese professional baseball player. He was born on 5 July 1994 in Mizusawa, Iwate, Japan. Ohtani is also famously known by his epithet ‘Shotime’ and ‘The Unicorn’.
He was drafted into the Nippon Professional Baseball in 2013 and played for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. He moved on to play in the Major Leagues Baseball in 2018 and plays for the Los Angeles Angels. Ohtani is a rare two-way player which means that he can both pitch and bat. There has not been a consistent two-way player in Major Leagues since Babe Ruth. His career in the NPB and the MLB has been regarded as outstanding. He is a five times NPB All-Star, two times Pacific League Pitcher Best Nine and Japanese Series Champion in 2016. In MLB, he was the AL MVP in 2021 and is a three times All-Star.
Shohei Ohtani was born on July 5, 1994 in Mizusawa, Iwate, Japan. His mother, Kayoko, was a national-level badminton player and his father was an amateur baseball player in the Japanese Industrial League, he also worked at the automobile manufacturing plant in Itawe Prefecture where they lived in. Ohtani is the youngest child in the family with two older siblings, one an older sister named, Yuka Ohtani and an older brother named, Ryuta Ohtani.
When he was in his second year of elementary school, Ohtani started playing baseball. He attended Hanamaki Higashi High School in Iwate Prefecture. It was here where his love for baseball was nurtured. Ohtani even used to swim along with playing baseball.
The two-way player is very close with his family. His father has described Shohei’s upbringing as ordinary. Ohtani’s father had a huge influence on him as he coached Shohei in his younger years. It could be said that Ohtani’s father was the one who bought Ohtani towards playing baseball.
Ohtani has said that his hobbies are sleeping and that he sleeps for at least 9 hours a day. He also enjoyed gaming and plays online games, his favorite being ‘Clash Royale’. Ohtani also reads mangas, his favorite is ‘Slam Drunk’.
Shohei Ohtani hails from two Athteles. His father was an amateur baseball player in the Japanese Industrial League and his mother was a national level badminton player. Shohei as mentioned has two older siblings. His older brother is an amateur baseball player in the Japanese Industrial League and plays for the Toyota Motor East team. His older sister used to play volleyball in high school, however, she didn’t pursue an Athletic career. Instead, she decided to become a nurse.
Shohei Ohtani is currently single. However, it was rumored that he was dating Xeana Kamalani Dung also known as ‘Kama Dung’. She is an American softball player, she plays the position of a pitcher. Dung is currently dating a musician named Dillon Pakele.
Shohei Ohtani currently has no kids.
Shohei Ohtani has an active social media account on Instagram. He had 5.7 million followers on the handle and is following 174 accounts.
Shohei Ohtani’s net worth is estimated to be around approximately $50 million. In 2021, he made a two-year deal which was worth $8.5 million. He then signed another one-year contract worth $30 million with the Angels. His base and annual salary is $30 million.
The Los Angeles Angels star has signed up with Kosé Corporation to represent them as a brand ambassador. Kose Corporation is a multinational Japanese personal care product company. It markets skin care, hair care and cosmetic products that are endorsed by Shohei Ohtani.
Currently, no details are available about this information.
The two-way superstar has played remarkably in both the NPB and the MLB. His stats for the NPB are: total home runs- 48, RBI- 166, Battling average- .286, Win-loss record- 42-15 and Strikeouts- 624.
For MLB his stats are: total home runs- 162, RBI- 417, Battling average- .273, Win-loss record- 35-19 and Strikeouts- 580.
Ohtani has been making waves since his time in the Nippon Professional Baseball. He has garnered many accolades and awards from both his time in NPB. Ohtani is a five times NPB All-Star, two times Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize winner, Japan Series champion in 2016 and a Pacific League MVP in 2016.
When he finally moved to the Major Leagues, Ohtani managed to acquire quite a few accolades and awards to his name. He is a three times MLB All-Star, won the AL MVP title in 2021 and Silver Slugger Award winner in 2021. Ohtani was the AP Athlete of the Year in 2021 and AL Rookie of the Year in 2018. The two-way player is also the 2023 World Baseball Classic Champion and was crowned the 2023 WBC MVP.
Shohei Ohtani signed a two years contract with the Los Angeles Angels in 2021. It was worth $8,500,000. He is receiving an average salary of $4,250,000. He then signed a one-year contract with the team in 2023, Ohtani base salary from this contract is worth $30,000,000, it is the same amount he will receive yearly.
Ohtani’s diet consists of high-protein meals. He consumes 60 grams of protein at each of his meals. He gets his protein intake from various slices of meat, eggs and seafood such as salmon or tuna. His food is rather simply made and plain in taste, he prefers little seasoning with his food. The Angeles star does find alcohol and chocolate appetizing but he chooses not to drink and eat chocolates in moderation.
The two-way star of Los Angeles Angels is quite fond of automobiles. He has quite a collection of cars that he boasts. Currently, Ohtani owns a collection of five luxury cars. These are;
A. Shohei Ohtani was on the MLB All-Star team from 2021 to 2023. He is a three times All-Star team member.
A. Shohei Ohtani has made the most home runs in the 2023 season, he has made a total of 34 home runs this season.
A. No, Shohei Ohtani is not getting traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels in 2022, he will stay with the Angeles till the end of 2023 then he will become a free agent.
A. Shohei Ohtani has made a total of 162 home runs since he started his career in the MLB. In the NPB, he has made a total of 48 home runs.
A. Shohei Ohtani went against the San Diego Padres in the July match-up. He developed a blister on the middle finger of his pitching that made him unable to continue playing.
A. Shohei Ohtani is currently playing for the Los Angeles Angels until the end of the 2023 season. In 2024, he will become a free agent and can choose from prospective offers.