It’s official. The transformation is complete. Shohei Ohtani has turned the Angels into his own Little League All-Star team.
It wasn’t enough for the Japanese right-hander to be one of the team’s top pitchers. The sweet-swinging slugger batted fourth in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants before a crowd of 44,544 in Angel Stadium.
So what if it was a one-game cameo in the cleanup spot in place of Albert Pujols, who was given his first day off this season. It was still impressive — and nearly unprecedented — for a player to throw a 37-pitch bullpen session Sunday morning and, two hours later, hit in the middle of the order for a major league club.