Shohei Ohtani wants to play for Team Japan in WBC

If the Japanese team wants Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani, all they have to do is ask.

Ohtani also said that when he was asked about the World Baseball Classic on Monday. According to NHK World Japan, he said he hopes to be part of the roster for next year’s tournament. It would be the first time he adapted, as injuries had prevented him from competing in the past.

Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani hopes to be part of World Baseball Classic

It looks like Ohtani’s entry would be a slot for the WBC. Team Japan would bring in one of the best hitters in the majors and a top caliber pitcher in one. The only possible question would be whether he wanted to play only one side of the ball during the tournament.

Now that he’s finally healthy, Major League fans are seeing the player he was all those years in Japan. He has racked up an impressive 149 OPS+ with 65 home runs and 41 doubles in his 1,021 at bats since the start of the 2021 season, while stealing 36 bases. That feat alone would seemingly guarantee Ohtani a prominent place on the team Japan roster.

Then there’s his pitching. He posted a 2.86 ERA and a 1.049 WHiP in his 217.1 innings in that span, striking out 279 with only 66 walks. He has proved that he can also be a top player at the highest level, a player not seen since the days of Martin Dihigo.

Chances are, Ohtani will add several more MVP awards to his trophy cabinet before his career is over if he stays healthy. Should he play on both sides of the ball and perform as you would expect at the WBC, he could add another prize to his trophy cabinet from there as well.

Shohei Ohtani wants to be a part of Team Japan in the World Baseball Classic. It seems inevitable that the Los Angeles Angels star will be included.

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