Shohei Ohtani Is Climbing Up A Distinctive MLB Leaderboard


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Shohei Ohtani is something else.

The two-way star was one of the key positives in an otherwise disappointing season for the Los Angeles Angels.

He was there when they needed him on the mound and dominated, but he’s still hitting home runs and proving his MVP season a year ago was no fluke.

In fact, he’s climbing a very unique ranking right now.

Today, Codify Baseball tweeted a list of the players who have the most career home runs by any player who has also played in at least a dozen games.

Ohtani is fourth on the list at 110.

Most career home runs in American/National League history by a player in at least a dozen games:

Babe Ruth (1914-1935), 714
Lefty O’Doul (1919-1934), 113
Jimmy Ryan (1885-1903), 112
Shohei Ohtani (2018-2022), 110

— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) June 30, 2022

Matching Babe Ruth

Ohtani is quickly becoming a legend.

By joining this list, he’s in the same company as Jimmy Ryan, Lefty O’Doul, and of course the great Bambino himself, Babe Ruth, a man Ohtani has been compared to on numerous occasions.

No one thought we’d ever see a player like Ruth again, someone who can pitch like an ace and hit a few home runs.

But Ohtani is literally the modern day incarnation of Babe Ruth.

But he does both at the same time.

He is the next face of baseball and will take the game to unimaginable heights with his unique skills.

He takes being a superstar to a whole new level.

And it’s important that the Angels were able to pitch him well and hit him well at the same time, especially amid their rough patch in June.

But Ohtani is a special baller who we may never see again once his career is over.

It’s impressive to be in the same company as Ruth on everything.