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Angels make quick work of Shohei Ohtani mural

Shohei Ohtani in a red Angels uniform

Aug 8, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) watches from the dugout in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Shohei Ohtani is no longer a Los Angeles Angel. The team wasted no time in trying to expunge his image from their stadium.

Ohtani announced Saturday that he would be signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers for an MLB-record amount of money. More details on the groundbreaking deal can be found here.

Just hours after Ohtani’s official announcement on Instagram, stadium workers began taking down the two-way star’s mural at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. The massive image of Ohtani previously stood above the ticket counter.

Ohtani played six seasons with the Angels from 2018 to 2023. He slashed .274/.366/.556 with an OPS of .922 throughout his time in Anaheim.

Despite his relatively brief tenure with the Angels, Ohtani has already left his mark on the franchise. Ohtani’s home run total of 171 ranks 8th in team history.

As a pitcher, Ohtani owns the highest win-loss percentage in Angels history, winning exactly two-thirds of his starts. Ohtani’s strikeouts per 9 innings mark of 11.4 is also higher than any qualified pitcher in Angels history.

However, Ohtani never suited up for an inning of playoff baseball even while playing next to fellow MVP Mike Trout. The lack of postseason appearances likely played a huge factor in Ohtani’s decision to join the Dodgers, who haven’t missed the playoffs since 2012.


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