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MLB Agent on Shohei Ohtani Playing Probe, Rumors: ‘It is Embarrassing…It is Ugly’

Paul Kasabian Featured Columnist II March 24, 2024 Gene Wang/Getty Images It’s been an ugly few weeks in Major League Baseball, with the organization’s investigation into the alleged theft of Shohei Ohtani by his ex-interpreter Ippei Mizuhara taking centerstage. Regarding MLB’s current events, one “prominent player agent” told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale the following as

MLB Agent on Shohei Ohtani Playing Probe, Rumors: ‘It is Embarrassing…It is Ugly’

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMarch 24, 2024

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 21: Shohei Ohtani #17 of Los Angeles Dodgers hits a line out in the bottom of the fifth inning during the 2024 Seoul Series game between Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres at Gocheok Sky Dome on March 21, 2024 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Gene Wang/Getty Images)

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It has been an unsightly few weeks in Main League Baseball, with the group’s investigation into the alleged theft of Shohei Ohtani by his ex-interpreter Ippei Mizuhara taking centerstage.

Concerning MLB’s present occasions, one “outstanding participant agent” advised USA Immediately’s Bob Nightengale the next as Opening Day approaches Thursday:

“It is embarrassing what’s taking place proper now. That is imagined to be a good time, preparing for the season, and we’re going by this. It is ugly.”

Ohtani, who simply gained his second American League MVP award, fired his interpreter Wednesday after questions arose relating to no less than $4.5 million in wire transfers that had been despatched the famous person’s checking account to a bookmaking operation run by Mathew Bowyer of Southern California. That operation is below federal investigation, per ESPN’s Tisha Thompson.

The story from Ohtani’s camp has modified, as Thompson famous.

“Initially, a spokesman for Ohtani advised ESPN the slugger had transferred the funds to cowl Mizuhara’s playing debt. The spokesman introduced Mizuhara to ESPN for a 90-minute interview Tuesday night time, throughout which Mizuhara laid out his account in nice element. Nonetheless, as ESPN ready to publish the story Wednesday, the spokesman disavowed Mizuhara’s account and stated Ohtani’s attorneys would situation an announcement.”

That assertion learn as follows, from Berk Brettler LLP: “In the midst of responding to current media inquiries, we found that Shohei has been the sufferer of an enormous theft, and we’re turning the matter over to the authorities.”

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The game’s greatest famous person joined the Los Angeles Dodgers this offseason on a monster 10-year, $700 million contract, making the crew immediate World Collection favorites. However discuss now surrounds this investigation and what precisely occurred behind the scenes.

Within the midst of all this, there’s chaos inside the Main League Baseball Gamers’ Affiliation as gamers tried to switch the group’s No. 2 in Bruce Meyer (MLBPA deputy govt director and lead labor negotiator), with Harry Marino, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Passan famous that there was a “vital majority of the handfuls of gamers in attendance raised their arms in favor of change.” Nonetheless, Clark made clear {that a} alternative can be his choice (Clark notably hand-picked Meyer for the function).

So chaos reigns proper now in MLB, however the season will march on with Opening Day arriving Thursday. The marketing campaign already started on March 20 when the Dodgers and San Diego Padres started a two-game set in Seoul, South Korea (the groups break up a pair).

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