Sunday, May 19, 2024

Shohei Ohtani’s relentless pursuit of history has led to another milestone on Saturday as he agreed to a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to his agency CAA.

Ohtani announced his decision on Instagram, ending years of speculation about his future. The 29-year-old two-way sensation has been a captivating figure since his move to Major League Baseball in 2018, achieving feats that seemed impossible in the modern era and drawing comparisons to Babe Ruth.

He will now be compensated for his immense talent and star power with a contract that surpasses records set by other major North American team sports athletes, such as Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.

His move to the Dodgers presents an opportunity for Ohtani to pursue collective success, as the team has been a dominant force in the National League for several seasons. Ohtani, despite his individual brilliance, has yet to play in a postseason game in his big-league career.

There are questions about Ohtani’s future, particularly regarding his health and whether he will continue as a two-way player or focus on one aspect of the game. However, his commitment to being the best is clear, as evidenced by his achievements on the field and his unwavering dedication to both pitching and hitting.

Ohtani’s value as a hitter is immense, and even if he never pitches again, he could still contribute to his team as a hitter or a reliever. He has shown the ability to excel in both aspects of the game and is now poised to make a different kind of history with the Dodgers.

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