Major League homepage MLB.com covers the match between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels as big as the World Series. Articles poured out just for the fact that home run king Aaron Judge (Yankees) and two-time hitter Shohei Ohtani (Angels) are meeting.
How do MLB.com reporters view the matchup between Ohtani and Judge? In the interview with five affiliated reporters, votes were concentrated to one side. Among Ohtani and Judge, three reporters raised Ohtani’s hand to the bold question, “Who is the protagonist of this series?” The judge side had one person.
★Ohtani is the main character
Mike Petriello, David Adler, Sarah Reims
☆Jersey is the main character
Petriello firmly said, “Ohtani. It’s over” and then said, “Didn’t everyone watch the WBC (World Baseball Classic)? The last two I thought there was no room for improvement in the evaluation of Ohtani over the years, but after watching the last WBC match, I changed my mind.”
Reporter Adler said, “The biggest highlight in the major leagues right now is the game Ohtani throws and plays. Can’t Judge hit the 62nd home run every day?”
Reporter Reims also supported Ohtani, saying, “I’m not ignoring Judge or Mike Trout (Angels). It’s a great thing,” he said.
Reporter Pine Sands, who was the only one to raise Judge’s hand, said, “I don’t want to be the Yankees’ defender, but last year’s WAR (contribution to win versus replacement) was higher than Ohtani’s. Judge broke the record (Roger Maris’ 61 homers). Even if he failed and hit 60 homers, he still deserved MVP.”
In terms of global influence, the evaluation was that Ohtani was dominant. Reporter Petriello said, “Ohtani is on top of the world even on days when he’s not throwing a ball,” and Reims said, “The coverage of Ohtani at the WBC was far greater than anything I’ve seen in the World Series.”
Reporter Pine Sand refuted,스포츠토토 “I went to Italy a while ago, and I saw a lot of Yankees jerseys and hats, but there were no Angels or Ohtani items.” Then Adler said, “Jersey is the top star of the most famous team. Ohtani is a world-class star from a less famous team. What would happen if the two teams were reversed?”
The three-game series between the Yankees and the Angels will last for three days from the 19th to the 21st. The first game will be a starter match between Clark Schmidt of the Yankees and Jose Suarez of the Angels. Ohtani does not pitch in this series.