Japanese star Shohei Otani is a dominant hitter and pitcher
Will there ever be another two-way baseball player, like Babe Ruth?
There may never be another Ruthian two-way MLB player, but Shohei Otani is currently the “Babe Ruth of Japan,” earning Pacific League “Best Nine” honors as both a starting pitcher and designated hitter in 2016. Otani, 22, was named Pacific League MVP for the Japanese Series champion Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters after posting a 10–4 record with a 1.86 ERA and recording the fastest pitch (102.5 mph) in Nippon Professional Baseball history as a right-handed ace, while hitting .322 with 22 HR as a left-handed-hitting slugger. Nearly 100 years prior, a 24-year-old Ruth went 9–5 with a 2.97 ERA and hit .322 with 29 HR in his last season with the Boston Red Sox in 1919. Unfortunately, for baseball fans stateside, the 6’4”, 200-pound Otani will have to wait to be posted by his Japanese club before arriving in MLB.