After six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, the two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani is reportedly set to join the Toronto Blue Jays, according to a report by J.P. Hoornstra of Dodgers Nation on Friday morning.
Ohtani’s decision to join the Blue Jays was influenced by the prospect of becoming the face of an entire nation, expanding his market significantly. Despite being the star of the Angels since joining in 2017, the team’s lack of success on the field prompted Ohtani to seek a new opportunity with a team like the Blue Jays.
A Reddit user speculated that Ohtani’s affinity for the mound in Toronto may have played a role in his decision.
During his time with the Angels, Ohtani became one of the most beloved members of the franchise, winning two MVP awards and consistently delivering standout performances. In the past season, he achieved his best statistics, boasting a .304/.412/.654 slash line with 44 home runs, 95 RBIs, 26 doubles, eight triples, 20 stolen bases, and an OPS of 1.066. On the pitching front, he recorded an ERA of 3.14 and struck out 167 batters in 132 innings.
Often referred to as the modern-day Babe Ruth, Ohtani brought attention to the Angels, even if the team didn’t live up to expectations. He leaves a significant void that the Angels will need to address, both in terms of on-field production and off-field impact. As the face of baseball, Ohtani’s departure is a loss not easily replaced.
While fans wish him luck with the Blue Jays, Ohtani can anticipate warm ovations and cheers when he returns to Angel Stadium, acknowledging the loyal support he received during his time in Anaheim. The Blue Jays are scheduled to visit Anaheim from August 12-14 in the upcoming season.