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Ohtani breaks mark for HRs by Japan-born participant

ESPN News Services Apr 21, 2024, 05:22 PM ET LOS ANGELES — Dodgers slugger Shohei Ohtani has broken Hideki Matsui’s record for the most homers hit by a Japanese-born player in Major League Baseball. Ohtani crushed a two-run homer deep into the right-field bleachers off Adrian Houser of the New York Mets in the third

Ohtani breaks mark for HRs by Japan-born participant

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Apr 21, 2024, 05:22 PM ET

LOS ANGELES — Dodgers slugger Shohei Ohtani has damaged Hideki Matsui‘s document for essentially the most homers hit by a Japanese-born participant in Main League Baseball.

Ohtani crushed a two-run homer deep into the right-field bleachers off Adrian Houser of the New York Mets within the third inning of L.A.’s 10-0 win Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

The homer was the 176th of Ohtani’s six-plus seasons within the majors. That is yet another than Matsui, the previous New York Yankees slugger who performed the ultimate 10 seasons of his 20-year professional profession in North America.

“Actually, I used to be simply relieved I used to be in a position to get it over with,” Ohtani stated by way of his interpreter, Will Ireton.

Ohtani admired and emulated Matsui whereas rising up in Japan through the prime of Matsui’s MLB profession. But Ohtani stated the document was “not one thing I used to be cognizant of after I first began my profession right here, however as I bought to find out about it,” he started to concentrate to his place behind Matsui.

When Ohtani was requested whether or not he additionally hopes to emulate Matsui’s famed playoff poise if and when he lastly reaches the MLB postseason, Ohtani joked that he at the moment is extra targeted on breaking supervisor Dave Roberts’ document for essentially the most homers by a Japanese-born participant in a Dodgers uniform.

Roberts leads Ohtani 7-5 in that competitors.

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“Hideki Matsui was an awesome ballplayer, an awesome residence run hitter, a world champion,” Roberts stated. “I do know that Shohei admired him, so for him to eclipse that mark, it is a large deal. I do know no matter form of mark is forward of Shohei, he is making an attempt to take all of them down.”

Ohtani’s record-breaking blast was hit 423 ft with a 110 mph exit velocity, and it put the Dodgers up 2-0. Ohtani hadn’t homered in his earlier seven video games, however he went 2-for-3 with a single, a stroll and two runs scored within the Dodgers’ blowout victory, which snapped a three-game shedding streak.

“We simply tried a backdoor slider with that, and simply wasn’t in a position to hold it out [of the strike zone],” Houser stated. “You permit a pitch down the center to him, he’ll put swing on it, identical to he did.”

The homer was Ohtani’s fifth in his first 24 video games for the Dodgers, who signed the two-time American League MVP to a $700 million contract final winter. Ohtani hit 171 homers in six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels.

“It is superior,” teammate Tyler Glasnow stated. “I am positive he’ll have much more information whereas we’re enjoying right here.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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