Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani continues to defy belief by doing what he does best: breaking records and achieving century-old milestones.
Given his two-way prowess, comparisons to baseball icon Babe Ruth have been aplenty. Although Ruth had double duty for only a few seasons, her level of excellence in both roles had not been seen until Ohtani graced the major leagues in 2017.
Since then, there has been no turning back. Now, we’re in a position where it’s hard to imagine a baseball season without Ohtani performing a Ruthian feat.
According to a stat shared by MLB Insider Héctor Gómez, Ohtani and Ruth share identical starts to their major league careers.
On Sunday, Ohtani played his 674th career game against the Houston Astros, and he hit his 160th career home run, one more than Ruth has hit in the same number of games. However, it gets even better.
Ohtani and Ruth also have nearly identical win-loss records in their first 455 innings, as Ohtani is 35-18, while The Babe is 35-19.
While it doesn’t really make sense to compare players from two totally different eras, MLB fans on Twitter can’t help it. With stats so eerily similar, the Sohei Ohtani vs. Babe Ruth debate rages on.
Babe Ruth will always have a place in baseball history, as will Shohei Ohtani when he retires from the sport. The Los Angeles Angels superstar is the very definition of “once in a lifetime” because what he’s accomplished at just 29 years old is truly unparalleled.
Trade rumors Shohei Ohtani: The future of the two-way phenomenon remains uncertain
Shohei Ohtani, the remarkable star of the Los Angeles Angels, is expected to receive jaw-dropping offers reaching $500 million once his current contract expires at the end of the season.
Ohtani, who made history by becoming the first player to record 100 RBIs and 100 strikeouts in a single season, holds MLB’s top spots in home runs, triples and OPS.
Despite Shohei Ohtani’s undeniable dominance, there is growing uncertainty about his future with the Angels. Team owner Arte Moreno failed to agree a long-term deal with the Japanese phenom. Adding to the dilemma is the Angels’ inability to get closer to the playoffs since Ohtani arrived in 2018, which could ultimately lead to the No. 17 leaving the team.
Shotime’s whereabouts remain a mystery, with speculation suggesting the Angels should consider trading him before the end of the season. By doing so, the Angels would save at least some value for a contract that would have no value to them come October.