Ohtani fouls home run; manager refuses test
Manager: “Ohtani refused to be tested” after hitting a foul ball home run that reached the scoreboard.
He may have stopped hitting, but Shohei Ohtani (29-Los Angeles Angels) is still one of the hottest players in Major League Baseball.
Ohtani started in the No. 2 spot in the lineup against the visiting New York Mets at Citi Field in New York City on Sept. 27 and went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, one RBI and two runs scored.
During the game, he surprised fans with a big hit that went directly over the ribbon board.
After the game, Angels general manager Perry Minasian sparked controversy when he said, “Ohtani refused to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).”
In the top of the first inning, with the bases loaded, Ohtani hit a “foul ball” that cleared the right field foul pole on a 2-ball-1 strike. Ohtani’s 173-mile-per-hour blast left a “black hole” in the outfield scoreboard.
The Mets soon sent a playful message to the center field scoreboard that read, “We’re sending you the bill for that, Shohei” (We’re sending you the bill for breaking the scoreboard).
However, Ohtani made the Mets’ dugout ring again when he hit a 176.4-mile-per-hour fastball for a double.
“Ohtani hit 12 home runs over 440 feet (134 meters) and seven over 115 miles (185 kilometers) per hour,” MLB.com said, adding, “It’s a wonder we don’t see more of this.”
Behind Ohtani’s performance, the Angels defeated the Mets 5-3.
“When Ohtani left the game against the Seattle Mariners on April 4 with finger cramps, we offered him an MRI, but he and his agent declined,” Minasian told MLB.com, The Associated Press, and other local media outlets after the game.
Ohtani was removed from the mound after just 1⅓ innings against the Cincinnati Reds on April 24, and the team announced shortly afterward that “Ohtani will no longer take the mound for the remainder of the season due to elbow ligament damage”.
The Angels were criticized for “failing to manage the risk of injury to a player,” and Minasian stepped up to the plate to explain.
“When a player refuses to undergo an MRI, the club has no choice but to respect that,” he said. “It’s his decision to continue playing as a hitter. We respect his wishes,” he explained.
However, despite Minasian’s explanation, the Angels have been met with a cold shoulder from the local media in the United States.
Ohtani is eligible for free agency after this season. 카지노사이트넷 Local media expect the Angels to part ways with Ohtani.