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Ohtani Comes To America

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We follow the path of new baseball phenom Shohei Ohtani, a two-way player who came to the MLB from Japan as both a pitcher and hitter. Now in Season 2, we'll see how he follows up winning Rookie Of The Year in 2018 and getting Tommy John surgery during the offseason. He's come back action in early May 2019 so we'll look at how he does. Episodes for this year will be after certain big news happens or enough adds up over a certain period so stay tuned for updates. Podcast hosted by Jack Sommer and Kevin De Los Santos.

Latest Episodes

The Unexpected Knee Surgery

There was breaking news on Thursday, out of nowhere, that Ohtani was going to have season-ending knee surgery the next day on Friday (we were as shocked to hear as you are). With no indication of this throughout the year, this was an unfortunate way to end the year. But we look at why it actually may not be the worst situation and the positive side of his recovery to come leading up to next season. Additionally, we give an update on the Angels season (officially out of wild card race, other injuries, Mike Trout to likely be MVP, and Tyler Skaggs further aftermath). We'll have one more episode after the baseball regular season finishes at the end of the month to recap Ohtani's 2019 overall, so stay tuned for that.

30 MIN1 weeks ago
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The Unexpected Knee Surgery

Midseason Update + R.I.P. Tyler Skaggs

The All-Star break happened this week. After a few days off, today marks the 2nd half of the season beginning. We talk about how Ohtani's done so far since coming back in early May, hitting for the cycle, getting a dinger on his 25th birthday, MLB not even offering him an invite to participate in the Home Run Derby this year, and more. Also, we talk about the latest updates with the Angels and look at the tragic passing of Angels pitcher, Tyler Skaggs, who died on July 1st at 27 years young and was a key part of their team and helped Ohtani with his transition to the U.S.

40 MINJUL 13
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Midseason Update + R.I.P. Tyler Skaggs

The Kikuchi Matchup: 1st Round Goes To Shohei

In a historic first MLB matchup in America between Yusei Kikuchi and Shohei Ohtani, two young baseball stars from Japan from the same region and high school, the two faced off for the first time in an MLB game. Being that Ohtani is only hitting this year, it was strictly a pitcher (Kikuchi) vs. hitter (Ohtani) matchup. The bats won the battle by a landslide, as did the Angels overall. They destroyed Kikuchi. We talk about the details of the game, as well as Ohtani's first month back after returning to playing following getting Tommy John surgery in the offseason. Plus, how the Angels have been doing so far in their first couple months.

29 MINJUN 10
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The Kikuchi Matchup: 1st Round Goes To Shohei

Ohtani's Return! Sophomore Season Begins

THE BOY IS BACK! Finally, Ohtani was activated to play again this week. We talk about what that means, how he did in his first series back, predictions for this season from here on, how the Angels are doing, and other Shohei related news.

26 MINMAY 10
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Ohtani's Return! Sophomore Season Begins

S2 Intro: Recap for Offseason, Winning Rookie Of The Year Award, and Current Status of Injury

We're back for a special offseason recap as Spring Training ends and Opening Day is here with the baseball season officially at its start for 2019. This episode breaks down Ohtani winning Rookie Of The Year, the current status of his arm following his Tommy John surgery and his workouts, Angels news with pickups and the big Mike Trout contract, and the retirement of Ohtani's idol Ichiro Suzuki. (To note: Ohtani is scheduled to come back in May, so we will plan to return when he does)

25 MINMAR 27
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S2 Intro: Recap for Offseason, Winning Rookie Of The Year Award, and Current Status of Injury

Babe Ruth (2018 Finale)

Exactly 100 years ago in 1918, Babe Ruth gave his case for a two-way player. Now, a century later, Shohei Ohtani challenged that. We discuss comparisons between the two players and the two periods of baseball, including their close stat lines and random overall connections. (This is our finale for Season 1, Ohtani's Rookie Year, and we will return in March 2019 for Spring Training of next season)

19 MIN2018 OCT 22
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Babe Ruth (2018 Finale)

R.O.Y Debate vs. Andujar

As Yankees fans ourselves, but also Ohtani supporters, we get into a debate with each other about who should win the 2018 Rookie Of The Year award. Should it be Ohtani or the Yankees own Miguel Andujar? We each take sides and make our cases for who should take the crown.

14 MIN2018 OCT 15
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R.O.Y Debate vs. Andujar

A Year of Ohtani

Recap of the entire rookie season for Ohtani, going back all the way to when the news first broke a year ago of his decision to come to America at the end of 2017. We go through the key events and dates throughout, and what it meant to the bigger picture. Additionally, we mention some newly learned insight from the man himself on his reflections of the year.

17 MIN2018 OCT 8
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A Year of Ohtani

Farewell, Mike Scioscia

Regular season comes to a big conclusion - Ohtani confirms he's getting Tommy John surgery immediately after this last week of games, Mike Scioscia announces he won't be returning as manager for the Angels next year (after 19 years), the discovery is made of Ohtani's spanish singing skills (Despacito!), he talks his final thoughts on the season, and we recap this week's series games against the Texas Rangers and Oakland A's. (P.S. - More episodes in coming weeks with a recap of the season overall and our Rookie Of The Year debate)

17 MIN2018 OCT 1
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Farewell, Mike Scioscia

September Slumpin'

Rough and terrible week for both Ohtani and the Angels. Not anything to do with more injuries to Ohtani, but he's in a hitting slump right now and the team (aside from Mike Trout) is not playing well - including their worst loss of all time. We also discuss Ichiro's new ideas for Ohtani to try for his career, the $150K rookie card auction buy, and in general the road trip games against the Oakland A's and Houston Astros.

13 MIN2018 SEP 24
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September Slumpin'

Latest Episodes

The Unexpected Knee Surgery

There was breaking news on Thursday, out of nowhere, that Ohtani was going to have season-ending knee surgery the next day on Friday (we were as shocked to hear as you are). With no indication of this throughout the year, this was an unfortunate way to end the year. But we look at why it actually may not be the worst situation and the positive side of his recovery to come leading up to next season. Additionally, we give an update on the Angels season (officially out of wild card race, other injuries, Mike Trout to likely be MVP, and Tyler Skaggs further aftermath). We'll have one more episode after the baseball regular season finishes at the end of the month to recap Ohtani's 2019 overall, so stay tuned for that.

30 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
The Unexpected Knee Surgery

Midseason Update + R.I.P. Tyler Skaggs

The All-Star break happened this week. After a few days off, today marks the 2nd half of the season beginning. We talk about how Ohtani's done so far since coming back in early May, hitting for the cycle, getting a dinger on his 25th birthday, MLB not even offering him an invite to participate in the Home Run Derby this year, and more. Also, we talk about the latest updates with the Angels and look at the tragic passing of Angels pitcher, Tyler Skaggs, who died on July 1st at 27 years young and was a key part of their team and helped Ohtani with his transition to the U.S.

40 MINJUL 13
Comments
Midseason Update + R.I.P. Tyler Skaggs

The Kikuchi Matchup: 1st Round Goes To Shohei

In a historic first MLB matchup in America between Yusei Kikuchi and Shohei Ohtani, two young baseball stars from Japan from the same region and high school, the two faced off for the first time in an MLB game. Being that Ohtani is only hitting this year, it was strictly a pitcher (Kikuchi) vs. hitter (Ohtani) matchup. The bats won the battle by a landslide, as did the Angels overall. They destroyed Kikuchi. We talk about the details of the game, as well as Ohtani's first month back after returning to playing following getting Tommy John surgery in the offseason. Plus, how the Angels have been doing so far in their first couple months.

29 MINJUN 10
Comments
The Kikuchi Matchup: 1st Round Goes To Shohei

Ohtani's Return! Sophomore Season Begins

THE BOY IS BACK! Finally, Ohtani was activated to play again this week. We talk about what that means, how he did in his first series back, predictions for this season from here on, how the Angels are doing, and other Shohei related news.

26 MINMAY 10
Comments
Ohtani's Return! Sophomore Season Begins

S2 Intro: Recap for Offseason, Winning Rookie Of The Year Award, and Current Status of Injury

We're back for a special offseason recap as Spring Training ends and Opening Day is here with the baseball season officially at its start for 2019. This episode breaks down Ohtani winning Rookie Of The Year, the current status of his arm following his Tommy John surgery and his workouts, Angels news with pickups and the big Mike Trout contract, and the retirement of Ohtani's idol Ichiro Suzuki. (To note: Ohtani is scheduled to come back in May, so we will plan to return when he does)

25 MINMAR 27
Comments
S2 Intro: Recap for Offseason, Winning Rookie Of The Year Award, and Current Status of Injury

Babe Ruth (2018 Finale)

Exactly 100 years ago in 1918, Babe Ruth gave his case for a two-way player. Now, a century later, Shohei Ohtani challenged that. We discuss comparisons between the two players and the two periods of baseball, including their close stat lines and random overall connections. (This is our finale for Season 1, Ohtani's Rookie Year, and we will return in March 2019 for Spring Training of next season)

19 MIN2018 OCT 22
Comments
Babe Ruth (2018 Finale)

R.O.Y Debate vs. Andujar

As Yankees fans ourselves, but also Ohtani supporters, we get into a debate with each other about who should win the 2018 Rookie Of The Year award. Should it be Ohtani or the Yankees own Miguel Andujar? We each take sides and make our cases for who should take the crown.

14 MIN2018 OCT 15
Comments
R.O.Y Debate vs. Andujar

A Year of Ohtani

Recap of the entire rookie season for Ohtani, going back all the way to when the news first broke a year ago of his decision to come to America at the end of 2017. We go through the key events and dates throughout, and what it meant to the bigger picture. Additionally, we mention some newly learned insight from the man himself on his reflections of the year.

17 MIN2018 OCT 8
Comments
A Year of Ohtani

Farewell, Mike Scioscia

Regular season comes to a big conclusion - Ohtani confirms he's getting Tommy John surgery immediately after this last week of games, Mike Scioscia announces he won't be returning as manager for the Angels next year (after 19 years), the discovery is made of Ohtani's spanish singing skills (Despacito!), he talks his final thoughts on the season, and we recap this week's series games against the Texas Rangers and Oakland A's. (P.S. - More episodes in coming weeks with a recap of the season overall and our Rookie Of The Year debate)

17 MIN2018 OCT 1
Comments
Farewell, Mike Scioscia

September Slumpin'

Rough and terrible week for both Ohtani and the Angels. Not anything to do with more injuries to Ohtani, but he's in a hitting slump right now and the team (aside from Mike Trout) is not playing well - including their worst loss of all time. We also discuss Ichiro's new ideas for Ohtani to try for his career, the $150K rookie card auction buy, and in general the road trip games against the Oakland A's and Houston Astros.

13 MIN2018 SEP 24
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September Slumpin'