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Dodgers’ Max Muncy Blown Away By What Shohei Ohtani Can Do on Baseball Field

The Los Angeles Dodgers added the most highly coveted free agent in the sport’s history, two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani, in Dec. 2023. The Dodgers struck gold with that acquisition, as he will don the Dodger blue for the next 10 seasons. Ohtani will likely also rock a Dodger cap when he makes his way to the Hall of Fame.

What will happen in between those 10 years is a mystery. However, it will be quite the ride if it’s anything like what we’ve witnessed through Ohtani’s first month and a half as a Dodger. In 38 games he has already blown the minds of baseball fans — hitting ability, power, speed — and that’s without throwing a pitch.

It’s amazing how impactful a player can be, but what is it like to see it up close and personal? Well, if you ask Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy, even he is in awe of Ohtani’s ability. In a recent appearance on “Foul Territory,” Muncy said it’d been a lot of fun to witness the Ohtani experience.

“It’s like every at-bat he’s doing something that I’ve never seen before. Even his outs, he’s hitting the ball 120 mph … It’s just absolutely insane what this guy can do on a baseball field. And it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve been enjoying every second of it, I think everyone else has. We keep getting wowed every single day.”

Max Muncy, via Foul Territory

The 29-year-old three-time American League MVP has already surpassed expectations and has yet to hit the mound. In 175 plate appearances and 152 at-bats, Ohtani is slashing .355/.425/.678 with a 1.103 OPS, a National League-leading 11 home runs, 27 RBIs, and 54 hits. As Muncy said, even his outs are loud. When his hits are not outs, it’s incredible to witness.

A couple weeks ago, Ohtani hit a home run against the Washington Nationals with a 118.7 mph exit velocity. Four days later, he passed that with a 119-mph hit, the hardest-hit baseball of his career.

The two-time Silver Slugger continues to amaze fans all across the globe, and that’s just his hitting prowess. Ohtani will get to show his two-way ability once again in 2025.

Photo Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

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Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).

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