Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani

DH - LA
Height: 6-4
Weight: 210 lbs
Age: 29
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Los Angeles Dodgers

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Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024

MLB Trade RumorsSponsored: Shohei Ohtani Signs With Rapsodo

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Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024

Yahoo SportsHow better plate discipline has helped Shohei Ohtani become more dangerous for the Dodgers

If you want a glimpse of what has made Shohei Ohtani the hottest hitter in the majors the last three weeks, look no further than his ninth-inning at-bat on Tuesday.

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Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024

The ScoreMLB Roundtable: Best early performances, concerning teams

theScore's MLB editors Josh Goldberg, Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb, Tom Ruminski, Ben Wrixon, and Brandon Wile answer some of the biggest questions a month into the 2024 season.Who has offered the most impressive individual performance so far?Ronel Blanco: Blanco has been one of the Astros' few bright spots during their underwhelming start to the season. The right-hander earned a rotation spot thanks to a strong spring and injuries to a handful of key pitchers. Blanco responded with a no-hitter in his first start and tacked on five no-hit innings in his next outing. The 30-year-old looks like a mainstay in the rotation and a much-needed win for a Houston farm system that's lacked success stories of late. - Goldberg NO-HITTER!!!Ronel Blanco throws a no-hitter in his eighth career start! pic.twitter.com/6Yj8yufOps FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 2, 2024 Mookie Betts: As it turns out, the best right fielder in baseball is also one of the best middle infielders. For all of the press Shohei Ohtani has received after joining the Dodgers, Betts remains the team's heartbeat and might already be authoring his best year ever. The 31-year-old leads the majors in runs (24), OBP (.458), and fWAR (1.9), tops the NL in walks (20), and sits top-five in virtually every other offensive category. Oh, and his three defensive runs saved are tied for the NL lead at shortstop. Keep in mind that Betts didn't even take over as the Dodgers' everyday shortstop until mid-March. This is the very definition of greatness. - Sharkey-GotliebMason Miller: The most electric pitcher in the majors resides in ... Oakland? The 25-year-old flamethrower's been one of the best early-season stories. The Athletics converted him from a starter to a reliever to protect him from injury, and the early returns have been beyond impressive; 1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 20 strikeouts over 10 innings. Miller's four-seam fastball has the highest average speed (100.7 mph) of any pitch in the majors this campaign. His most impressive performance of the year came Monday in the Bronx when he struck out Anthony Volpe, Juan Soto, and Aaron Judge in the ninth inning for the save. - Wile Mason Miller's Dominance At Yankee Stadium 14 Pitches In 14 Seconds pic.twitter.com/q6rVkxKHCZ Codify (@CodifyBaseball) April 23, 2024 Which team do you think is overachieving? Cleveland Guardians: If, before the season, you asked 100 people which team would start 17-6, would anyone have picked the Guardians? Even with Josh Naylor making the leap to superstardom and Steven Kwan returning to form with a 150 OPS+, the legitimacy of Cleveland's lineup is still very much in question. Beating up on the pitching of the Athletics and White Sox a combined 10 times doesn't exactly inspire confidence, nor does losing ace Shane Bieber to Tommy John surgery. The Guardians have a plethora of young arms capable of picking up the slack, but the team will likely come crashing down when the run-scoring inconsistencies that have plagued them in recent years resurface - especially in a surprisingly competitive AL Central. - WrixonBoston Red Sox: No team's dealt with as many crucial injuries as the Red Sox, but they've still managed a 13-11 record. Trevor Story, Lucas Giolito, Triston Casas, Nick Pivetta, Garrett Whitlock, and Vaughn Grissom are all on the IL, while Rafael Devers and Tyler O'Neill also missed time. Boston somehow swept a series in Pittsburgh over the weekend with Pablo Reyes (.424 OPS), Enmanuel Valdez (.467), Ceddanne Rafaela (.469), and Bobby Dalbec (.177) in its infield. The team's success largely comes from its pitching - its starters own the lowest ERA (1.80) in the majors. The Red Sox offense has been middle of the pack, ranking 14th in runs and 15th in OPS. However, the club capitalizes when it counts, recording the second-most homers in the majors. Combining their increasingly difficult schedule with their struggles at home (3-7) will make this success difficult to sustain if injuries continue to pile up. - WileMilwaukee Brewers: Many expected the Brewers to fade in 2024 after trading ace Corbin Burnes. However, through the first few weeks of the season, Milwaukee's been one of baseball's most pleasant surprises. The offense looks deep and imposing, tying a franchise record by scoring seven or more runs in six consecutive games for the third time in franchise history. The NL Central is far from a gauntlet, meaning Milwaukee could be relevant all season. The team's rotation is its biggest area of concern. Beyond Freddy Peralta, it's hard to see any of its other starting pitchers grading out at league average. Without improvements in that area, the lineup will shoulder even more pressure to carry the load going forward. - GoldbergWhich struggling team are you most worried about?Houston Astros: Everything's been going wrong for the Astros, who are now 10 games under .500 for the first time since 2016. Not coincidentally, 2016 was the last year the Astros - who've made seven straight ALCS appearances - missed the playoffs. Houston's supposedly vaunted bullpen duo of Ryan Pressly and offseason addition Josh Hader has allowed a combined 17 earned runs in 17 2/3 innings, while starters Cristian Javier and Framber Valdez are hurt. Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez are still doing their thing, but they can't mask Alex Bregman's slow start (.555 OPS, no home runs) or Jos Abreu (.065/.132/.081) becoming unplayable. Yes, it's still "early" in the year, but it's gotten very late for the Astros very quickly. They have the talent to turn this around, but it has to start right now to keep the franchise's golden era going. No pressure. - Sharkey-GotliebSt. Louis Cardinals: St. Louis massively disappointed in 2023, stumbling to the NL Central basement with a 71-91 record. While few expected them to win 100 games in 2024, most expected the offense to be better than its been. Paul Goldschmidt's especially struggled, posting a .542 OPS for a team that's scored the second-fewest runs in the NL. Offseason pitching additions Sonny Gray and Lance Lynn have kept the team afloat, but outside of those two, the rest of the rotation's really struggled. - WrixonMinnesota Twins: The Twins followed an AL Central-winning season and their first playoff series victory since 2002 with an underwhelming offseason. Injuries to Royce Lewis and Carlos Correa in the first two (shaky) weeks of the campaign have only added to the level of concern. With the Royals, Guardians, and Tigers all off to strong starts, the Twins have to find a way to get things going so they aren't too far back in the standings when Lewis and Correa eventually return to the lineup. - GoldbergSan Francisco Giants: The club overhauled its roster in free agency, spending a combined $315 million to bring in Blake Snell, Matt Chapman, Jorge Soler, Jordan Hicks, and Jung Hoo Lee. San Francisco also traded for injured left-hander Robbie Ray. But the infusion of expensive talent has yet to translate to success on the field: The Giants sit just one game under .500 and only two games back of the Dodgers, but have a mediocre offense that's hit just five home runs at Oracle Park in 12 games. It's a small sample size, but San Francisco's bold offseason might be in vain: The team could finish as low as fourth simply because the NL West is so deep. - RuminskiWhat's one thing that's bothered you?Pitching injuries: Great pitching - specifically, starting pitching - has always been vital to success in baseball. That's why it's so sad to see its current state. Unfortunately, we're now watching hurlers with the assumption that their elbows are nothing but ticking time bombs. This is a serious problem for the sport, and the pitch clock can't be blamed. It's a trend that trickles down to the grassroots level, as young pitchers try to light every radar gun on fire now that we're obsessed with velocity. MLB can - and should - lead the way to fix this line of thinking at every level of the sport, for the good of baseball's future. - Sharkey-GotliebBad umpiring: Sorry, traditionalists, but robot umpires can't get here soon enough. The ump show has been in full force in the early days of the 2024 season, with umpires around the league making headlines for all the wrong reasons. From embarrassing strike-three calls to ejecting Yankees manager Aaron Boone for a fan's heckling, the men known as 'blue' have baseball fans feeling green with disgust. Calling balls and strikes is a challenging and thankless job, but automated assistance could make it easier. That said, certain umpires routinely making themselves the game's biggest story is the real problem that needs to be addressed. - Wrixon Aaron Boone listened to the umpire and was ejected anyway. You can hear the entire interaction here pic.twitter.com/12RTZvdwDl Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) April 22, 2024 Aaron Judge getting booed: I get it. Fans are free to express themselves when their favorite team is struggling. Judge said he had no issue with the boos and would do the same thing if he was watching his performance. He's the consummate professional and deserves to be the captain of one of the marquee franchises in all of professional sports. However, Judge should get the benefit of the doubt, especially considering it's April. He's a season removed from setting the AL single-season home run record and was excellent in 2023. If he's hitting under the Mendoza line in June, we can talk about letting him hear it. - GoldbergCopyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024

The ScoreHow to avoid being swindled like Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani is hardly the first athlete, celebrity, or otherwise wealthy person to be swindled by someone they trusted.A few years ago, former MLB pitcher Jake Peavy had $15 million stolen by his financial advisor, Ash Narayan, who was diverting funds from athletes' retirement accounts he managed into a personal business venture. Narayan was sentenced to three years in prison.In 2009, a number of big leaguers unwittingly invested in a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by financier Robert Allen Stanford, who's serving a 110-year prison sentence for the $7-billion fraud. Former Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon was among those ensnared, his assets temporarily frozen."I can't pay bills right now," Damon said at the time. The depth of the fraud, the details of how it was accomplished, and the mistakes along the way are often shocking. Ohtani's story is no exception.According to the affidavit prepared by the IRS that was filed to the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles as part of the criminal complaint against Ohtani's longtime interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, Mizuhara made $180 million in wagers over a three-year period through an illegal bookmaker, accumulating $40 million in losses. He paid off $16 million of that debt from one of Ohtani's bank accounts, which he regularly accessed.Ohtani said he had no involvement and no knowledge of Mizuhara's actions. Christian Petersen / Getty ImagesMizuhara was charged with bank fraud and released on $25,000 bond last week, and is said to be negotiating a plea deal. MLB expects to quickly clear Ohtani of any wrongdoing once the federal investigation is completed, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.It's an ugly story, but could it have been avoided?What can athletes - or anyone with significant savings or investments - do to avoid a similar situation? Oakland A's pitcher Ross Stripling is someone with unusual insight into the life of professional athletes and the wealth management profession.Stripling picks his own stocks and manages money for others as an advisor - including three major-league players. His first bit of advice when it comes to putting up guardrails: Self-education."We're so focused on baseball," Stripling said of players. "Our job, it's 190 days straight - plus spring training - of just grinding. And a lot of times with that kind of stuff, you put it to the wayside until the season is over, or maybe even until your career is over."I understand baseball is your priority, but what I would say is find time to educate yourself on it. One thing that was awesome that came out of COVID was it was like a stock-market renaissance, and, yeah, in some cases to a detriment - as far as some people doing crazy stuff with crypto and penny stocks. But a lot of people got Robinhood accounts, and kind of learned about the market, and what it entails, and how to follow it, and know where their money is. (Self-education) would be my biggest piece of advice." Icon Sportswire / Getty ImagesAccording to the affidavit, Mizuhara paid his gambling debts from the bank account where Ohtani's baseball pay from the Angels was deposited. Mizuhara was with Ohtani at a branch of the bank in 2018 when the account was created.From the affidavit:Between November 2021 and January 2024, more than $16,000,000 was transferred via wire from a checking account belonging to Victim A, a professional baseball player, with an account number ending x5848 (the "x5848 Account"), held at a domestic financial institution ("Bank A"). These funds were transferred to bank accounts of associates of an operator of an illegal sports book ("BOOKMAKER 1").After accounting for taxes and agent fees, Othani likely totaled around $20 million in net income from the Angels. If Mizuhara made unauthorized withdrawals of $16 million, he would have drained nearly the entire account.While Ohtani's earned tens of millions more in endorsement deals housed in other accounts managed by his agency, CAA, losing most of his on-field pay isn't a trivial amount of cash.What's perhaps surprising is Ohtani never checked his bank account - at least electronically - according to the affidavit. The account sat unchecked for three years after it was opened.Approximately one month after MIZUHARA was granted access to BOOKMAKER 1's gambling website, on October 27, 2021 (the same day BOOKMAKER 2 messaged MIZUHARA that BOOKMAKER 1 wanted to settle MIZUHARA s losses the x5848 Account was accessed through the internet for the first time since 2018. Approximately two weeks later, between November 9-15, 2021, the x5848 Account was repeatedly accessed through the internet.Lesson No. 2: Check your accounts."Have the ability to log in once a week, or a couple times a month," Stripling said. "Every platform has an activity statement or (a transaction log). You click on that and it shows you the last month: the money coming in, the money going out, what (a financial advisor) bought, what he sold."I think you just have to take the time to log in and track it and educate yourself. Where your money is, what it's doing, why it's there."Is it common for an athlete to never check an account, especially one where income's deposited?"It might be normal for (NPB and KBO) guys," Stripling said. "I played with (Hyun Jin) Ryu, and I played with (Kenta) Maeda. I don't know their banking habits, but I know their translators have access to everything, and can go pull money for them. They can sign for them on certain things. They get power of attorney for all sorts of things, I believe. That isn't super surprising that (Mizuhara) had that much power."As for the American guys, not looking at our Bank of America and Wells Fargo accounts? I don't think so. For instance, we just got paid a couple days ago. Everyone here is all happy. It's the first payday. Everyone knew exactly how much their pay stub was, I promise you. Guys are accessing their stuff." Icon Sportswire / Getty ImagesWhat's also clear: Not enough questions were asked of - or answers received from - Mizuhara.According to the affidavit, Mizuhara managed to circumvent Ohtani, bank officials, and financial advisors employed by Ohtani's agency.While Ohtani's teammate Tyler Glasnow said recently on a podcast that Dodgers players "all knew early on that Ippei was doing some shady stuff," there appeared to be little pushback from CAA or Nez Balelo, Ohtani's agent, in questioning Mizuhara's excuses.In one episode detailed in the affidavit, Ohtani was scheduled to have a meeting in October 2022 with an accountant hired by Balelo to prepare Ohtani's taxes. Only Mizuhara showed up for the meeting, claiming Ohtani was ill. The accountant, identified as K.F., questioned Mizuhara about the bank account:K.F. asked MIZUHARA about the x5848 Account, and stated that Victim A risked filing incorrect tax returns if there was interest being generated by any funds in the x5848 Account or any gifts from that account which triggered tax reporting requirements. MIZUHARA responded that Victim A wanted the x5848 Account kept private from everyone, and that the x5848 Account did not bear interest and that there were no gifts from the x5848 Account.The agency also didn't have its own interpreter to communicate with Ohtani, relying on Mizuhara. It was another way the reliance on Mizuhara created a single point of failure."Ask questions," Stripling said of advisors. "'Hey Joe - or whatever the name of your money manager is - why did you buy me 10 shares of Apple today?' It's your money, know where it is. Know how to keep it safe."Ohtani trusted Mizuhara blindly. Peavy trusted his financial advisor. Damon trusted Stanford.How does an athlete or anyone with wealth know who to trust?"I would pick teammates' brains on who they use," Stripling said. "Who is one of your best buddies on the team? Who does he use? And I'd try to talk to at least one more. Same way if you're getting a quote on a plumber. Try multiple guys. See which one gives you the best sales pitch, or which one you feel most comfortable with and make a decision from there. But I would certainly say it's vital to get one." Sean M. Haffey / Getty ImagesWe don't know exactly how Mizuhara's fraud case will end. The statements outlined in the affidavit haven't been tested in court, nor has Mizuhara pleaded guilty to this set of facts. Will the plea deal be finalized? Will more facts emerge? The final paragraph of the affidavit is quite the kicker:On or about March 20, 2024, MIZUHARA messaged BOOKMAKER 1 stating, "Have you seen the reports?" BOOKMAKER 1 responded, "Yes, but that's all bullshit. Obviously you didn't steal from him. I understand it's a cover job I totally get it." MIZUHARA then responded to BOOKMAKER 1, "Technically I did steal from him. It's all over for me."Based on what's been released so far, Ohtani lost millions of dollars to someone he trusted - as others have before. But it all could have been avoided if some simple safeguards were in place and more questions asked.Travis Sawchik is theScore's senior baseball writer.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024


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