Angels’ Shohei Ohtani makes history with selection to participate in Home Run Derby

Shohei Ohtani, the designated hitter and pitcher for the L.A. Angels, has been selected to participate at this season’s Home Run Derby, the player announced on his Instagram account on Friday.

The 26-year-old Ohtani will be the first Japanese-born player to participate in the derby, and will also be the first pitcher to ever do so.

The Home Run Derby will be held on July 12 at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies in Denver,

This season, Ohtani has hit 19 home runs and has a batting average of .270 with 61 hits in 64 games. He will be the first Angels player to compete in the derby since Albert Pujols in 2015.

On the mound, Ohtani is also 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season in 10 starts.

In 2016, Ohtani watched Giancarlo Stanto perform during that year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park in San Diego. Not long after, Ohtani competed in Nippon Professional Baseball’s Home Run Derby and won, earning him an MVP for the League’s All-Star Series.

Fans are hoping big names will be in attendance, like Mets legend Pete Alonso, and 2019 World Series runner-up Vlad Guerrero Jr.

 
Home Run Derby

 

The Home Run Derby is an annual home run hitting competition in Major League Baseball customarily held the day before the MLB All-Star Game, which places the contest on a Monday in July. (wikipedia)

 
 
Shohei Ohtani

 

Shohei Ohtani , nicknamed “Shotime”, is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher, designated hitter, and outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball . (wikipedia)

 
 
Los Angeles Angels

 

The Los Angeles Angels are an American professional baseball team based in Anaheim, California, part of Orange County and the Los Angeles metropolitan area. (wikipedia)

 
 
Vladimir Guerrero

 

Vladimir Alvino Guerrero Sr. , is a Dominican former professional baseball player and Hall of Famer, who spent 16 seasons in Major League Baseball as a right fielder and designated hitter. (wikipedia)

 
 
Joe Maddon

 

Joseph John Maddon Jr. is an American professional baseball manager for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball . Previously, he managed the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago Cubs. (wikipedia)

 
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