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Friday, February 28, 2020

Shohei Ohtani takes heat for not running out fly ball

Shohei Ohtani

On a day where the Los Angeles Angels were officially eliminated from playoff contention, Shohei Ohtani made some waves for less-than-ideal reasons.

The Angels star fouled out to left field in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s loss to the Cleveland Indians. Despite the ball being only a few feet foul, Ohtani did not bother to run it out, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

Some did not blame Ohtani for the sequence, saying there was no reason for him to run if he could tell it was going foul from the moment it left his bat.

Others were much less sympathetic however and saw the play as a sign of a greater sense of apathy permeating Ohtani and the rest of the Angels team.

Ohtani, who is hitting .289 with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs this season, is not a player who is usually criticized for his lack of effort, so this may be an isolated incident if anything. In any case, this was far from the worst such sequence for an Angels player this year.

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