Angels’ Shohei Ohtani will not pitch again in 2021 season
Written by tokyoclub on September 30, 2021
Shohei Ohtani will not make another pitching start this year, Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon told reporters on Wednesday.
Ohtani, who is one win short of tying Babe Ruth’s 103-year-old record of double-digit wins and home runs in a single season, finishes the season as a pitcher with a 9-2 record and 3.18 ERA in 23 starts.
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels is pictured ahead of a game against the Texas Rangers on Sept. 29, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (Kyodo)
Instead, the 27-year-old Japanese will only hit for the season’s remaining five games after a mutual decision by the player and team. Ohtani enters Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers with 45 home runs, the third-most in MLB.
His stats have him in contention for both the home run title and the American League MVP award.
“Just talking with him, he just felt as though it’s the right time to shut down, so that’s what we’re going to do,” Maddon said.
“He finished with two really strong outings and there’s nothing to really gain right now. So it’s probably best to not pitch him. And again, this came from a conversation with him.”
The Angels have been eliminated from postseason contention.
Ohtani started last Sunday’s game against the Seattle Mariners and allowed one run and five hits while striking out 10 in seven innings of work. In his previous start, he gave up two earned runs and five hits with 10 strikeouts against the Oakland Athletics.