Shohei Ohtani exudes class on and off field, just as Sadaharu Oh once did
TOKYO — That Shohei Ohtani is the greatest player in MLB is something that is generally recognized after his epic MVP season last year, with 46 homers and a pitching record of 9-2. With a little more run support he might well have won the Cy Young Award as well.
That Shohei Ohtani may be the nicest, most humble player in MLB is something else that everyone may agree on. He always has a smile on his face and a friendly word for everyone. Reaching first base he invariably flashes a big, white-toothed grin to the opposing first baseman. On Opening Day this year the TV cameras even caught him tipping his cap to Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker as he made his way to the batter’s box.
“He’s very respectful,” said Baker, “and I like that. He gives you this nice hello which is heartwarming. Then he hits a home run off you. It’s disconcerting.”
Ohtani was noted for donating the $150,000 he made participating in the 2021 All-Star home run derby to about 30 members of the Angels’ support staff.