Don’t expect to see Aaron Judge taking swings at this season’s Home Run Derby.
I’ve watched him a little bit on TV. I’ve watched clips of him, so I really don’t have much knowledge about him, but he’s played five years in Japan and he’s come over here. There’s definitely a lot of expectations from fans around what he can do, what he’s going to do, what he’s able to do, how he’s going to be able to perform here. There seems to be enormous expectations for him, but no one really knows how well he’s going to perform here. That’s something to be seen.
Now, you do know a little bit about Mike Scioscia and the Angels. You spent some time with them at the end of your career. What can Ohtani expect from his new team and manager?
As far as I know, the people that were there with the Angels at the time when I played, a lot of them are still there. So he’s with a good ballclub, he’s surrounded by a great support environment, the Angels have a great fan base, so from my experience, I think he made a really great choice in signing with the Angels.
Jake Arrieta’s painfully slow free agency is now over.
According to multiple reports, the 2015 Cy Young Award winner has agreed to a three-year, $75 million deal with the Phillies on Sunday.
After striking out the next batter, Nate Orf, on a splitter, Ohtani walked Ji-Man Choi. With clean-up batter Manny Pi?a up, Ohtani threw a wild pitch in the dirt. Catcher Martín Maldonado’s wild throw to second in a bid to catch the advancing Choi allowed a run to score.
Why do you think that is regarding the Japanese baseball population?