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Friday, July 10, 2020

Shohei Ohtani understands why he wasn’t invited to Home Run Derby

Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani has openly stated that he wants to participate in the Home Run Derby, but his 12 home runs in 49 games this season were not enough to earn him an invitation. Some would say he was snubbed, but the Los Angeles Angels star is not pouting over it.

Ohtani said on Wednesday night that he hopes he will get an invitation once he starts hitting more home runs.

Ohtani has basically played a season’s worth of games now in his MLB career, and he has 34 home runs. While that doesn’t make him Barry Bonds, it is nothing to scoff at, either.

More importantly, few players can provide the type of international draw that Ohtani would bring to an event like the Home Run Derby. There are already plenty of exciting participants this season, but he would have made the field even better. Hopefully MLB smartens up next year.

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