The Football Defection Begins!
Some Cities USA- The story now, as the football season is over and the playoffs have begun, is the beginning of the yearly defection from football to baseball.
Cities across America, where their team has failed to make the NFL playoffs, are getting prepared for baseball.
WHAT? The US is in the middle of record cold and snow. You wanna talk baseball? The beard dye is taking its toll.
Pitchers and catchers report in a month and a half! February 13th!
WOW. I didn’t realize it came so quick. I was watching football. Did I miss much?
Well, of sorts, we are watching two defections. One being all the football fans catching up.
The other, may be the best thing to happen to baseball…
since Babe Ruth.
For those wrapped in football, or other parts of life, let me introduce you to the young man, who will have baseball executives, managers, players and fans all watching his every move.
The man, that will also likely change scoring in fantasy leagues.
Imagine if you could have a player, that can pitch like a Verlander and hit like a Stanton.
Imagine if such a player existed, what he would do for Major League Baseball?
Imagine someone we haven’t seen….since Babe Ruth.
Jester, I think the dye has definitely done something. Babe Ruth, Verlander and Stanton. He’s a nobody, why haven’t I heard of him?
These names are being thrown around by professional baseball people, with a lot more experience in the game than I.
Let me introduce you to…
The Natural? The real deal? The savior to baseball? Possibly the person that will start a trend in the youth of today?
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels via the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, 6’4″ pitcher, age 23.
|Earned run average||2.52|
These numbers are brought to by a pitcher that has hit 102.5 on the radar gun. Mix in a plus forkball, a plus slider and occasional curve…you see why he has the ERA he does at 2.52.
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels via the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, 6’4″ 210 lbs designated hitter.
Ohtani, who led all NPB batters in OPS in 2016 (1.004) and finished fourth in 2017 (.942). He’s hit 30 home runs over the last two years in roughly one full season’s worth of plate appearances.
Here are his ranks over the past two years:
Batting average: Second (.322), second (.332)
On-base percentage: Fourth (.416), fifth (.403)
Slugging percentage: First (.588), fifth (.540)
Where pitchers like Bumgarner and Justin Verlander have stated an interest in playing in the Home Run Derby, Ohtani has actually won it. He’s even punctured a hole in the Tokyo Dome roof with a dinger:
It makes coming up with a comparison for him almost impossible…other than Ruth.
It makes predicting his use impossible.
It makes fantasy sites go crazy thinking how they will handle it.
My guess, fantasy-wise, they will dual designate him at DH/SP and you won’t be able to start him at both positions in the same day.
An amazing time to be a baseball fan.
A story for the ages is coming.
Cities where their football teams are still in the playoffs, have a surprise waiting when they turn their attention to baseball.
As someone who covers the sport, I know I couldn’t be more interested, in seeing a once in a lifetime phenom.
Like we’ve never seen before.
Shohei Ohtani, a story for the ages, as….