The Shohei Ohtani chase sparked a full mobilization of the Angels’ front office and led to a few sleep-deprived nights for general manager Billy Eppler, whose efforts were rewarded last week when Ohtani chose to come to Anaheim after drawing fervid interest from around the league.
The Angels are offering supporters the chance to bid on three items: a meet and greet with superstar center fielder Mike Trout and manager Mike Scioscia; a Spring Training experience; and the opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch at Angel Stadium.
With Shohei Ohtani in tow, one of the questions the Angels are now weighing this offseason is whether a six-man rotation would be the best way to fold the Japanese two-way star into the Majors next year.
During the news conference to introduce Shohei Ohtani on Saturday, manager Mike Scioscia relished the impact of landing the Japanese two-way star but also acknowledged that work remains to be done for the Angels and their front office this offseason.
Even as he emerged as the most sought-after free agent of this offseason and sparked a captivating courtship that lured most Major League clubs, there remained an air of mystery around Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani.
General manager Billy Eppler quite literally fell out of his chair when he received a call Friday morning informing him that Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani wanted to sign with the Angels.
This is what happens when you put Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout together: You have baseball’s most interesting team. Say hello to your 2018 Los Angeles Angels.
Now that Japanese star Shohei Ohtani has chosen to bring his unique two-way talent to Anaheim, one significant question remains: How will the Angels use the right-handed pitcher/left-handed slugger?
In perhaps the coup of the offseason, the Angels have emerged as the winner of the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes.
Japanese two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani announced Friday that he will join the Angels as he makes his much-anticipated transition from Nippon Professional Baseball to the Major Leagues. Ohtani joins a long list of big offseason acquisitions in Angels history, including three Hall of Famers and another player who is on the 2018 Hall of Fame […]
Six years ago, over the span of 48 frenzied hours at a hotel in Dallas, the Angels pulled off a $331.5 million free-agent splurge that left the baseball world stunned.