‘Baseball genius’ Shohei Ohtani (27, Los Angeles Angels)’s starting start was canceled due to traffic jams.
Ohtani was scheduled to start an away game against the Oakland Athletics in the Major League Baseball (MLB) to be held at the Oakland Coliseum in California, USA on the 28th (Korean time). However, before the start of the game, the Angels said, “The starting rotation has been adjusted. Patrick Sandoval will start the game instead of Ohtani.”
Angels manager Joe Madden said in a video interview with a local reporter, “Otani was planning to take a bus prepared by the club from his expedition in San Francisco. However, when there was a car accident nearby, he could not get to the stadium on time. “I got on the (commuter train) Baht in a hurry, but I arrived at the ballpark later than planned,” he explained.
Ohtani, who doubles as a pitcher in MLB, has been active as a hitter recently, hitting a three-run home run against the Texas Rangers on the 26th. As a pitcher, he paused for a moment. On the 20th, against the Cleveland Indians, after allowing two runs in 4 and 1/3 innings, he was about to get back on the mound after 8 days. However, the club decided that Ohtani did not have enough time to warm up before the game and changed the starting pitcher just before the start of the game.
Madden added, “Otani will appear as the designated hitter twice in this game. The starting start has been postponed to a day later, against Oakland on the 29th.” Ohtani is batting .270 in 45 games with a batting average of .270, 15 home runs and 38 RBIs as a pitcher this season.
By Bae Young-eun, staff reporter [email protected]