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Dodgers’ Shohei Ohtani Receives Extreme Praise In New MLB Player Survey

Sometimes the correct answer is the most boring of all the options. This was true within The Athletic’s annual MLB Player Poll, where Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani was a popular man.

He was voted as the best player in the game today by his peers, even if it was somewhat of a given. Ohtani even had players trying to pick against him to not make things predictable.

“Forty-six percent of our voting pool named the two-time MVP as their pick for the best player in the sport. Several more players even acknowledged that Ohtani was the real answer, but they elected to provide a different response for fear of being too predictable.”

Via The Athletic

On the year, Ohtani is hitting .310 with 15 home runs and 41 runs batted in. He has continued his incredible impact on the field during his first season in Los Angeles and it has resonated with players around the league.

“There’s no comparison. Everybody has a comp, he’s got no comp.”

Via The Athletic

While Ohtani isn’t pitching this season, he has had more time to focus at the plate. He has seen some hitting slumps, partly due to a hamstring issue that has been nagging him. But overall, he may be better than ever.

The comparisons to Babe Ruth have continued and they likely will forever, especially when he likely returns to the mound next season.

“Shohei Ruth or Babe Ohtani — no question.”

Via The Athletic

The respect he has built around the league is clear and speaks to the type of player he has become over the years. Ohtani remains the biggest show in the game, not just to the fans but to his colleagues, as well.

Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

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