Shonei Ohtani, a 23 year old two way baseball star in the Japan league, who can throw up to 100 mph and has devastating power as a hitter, has come forward with his final seven MLB teams. The Padres, Dodgers, Angels, Mariners, Cubs, Rangers and Giants all have to be ecstatic to still be in the running. Now, as a Padres fan, this is huge news! The little baseball town south of big bad LA, who never gets national respect, actually has a good chance to sign the biggest Japanese sensation since Ichiro. San Diego’s GM, A.J. Preller is known for his international prowess, and his reputation seems to be coming to fruition.
Ohtani turned down powerhouses in the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees for the chance to be on the west coast and closer the pacific rim. He is known to be mild mannered and very low key, so a smaller market was imperative. Not too sure how the LA Dodgers and Chicago Cubs are still in the mix with both being top 3 major sports markets in America, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Fingers crossed for my hometown San Diego Padres.