Could Shohei Ohtani’s dog’s name hold a clue to his next team?
As the Shohei Ohtani saga inches closer to a resolution, reports suggest that the baseball phenom could announce his decision any minute now. With this in mind, let’s delve into two teams that have been prominently linked to Ohtani recently—teams that align with his aspirations for success: the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves.
Both the Dodgers and the Braves share similar standings, having clinched World Series victories in 2020 and 2021, respectively. During these years, they faced off in the NLCS, with the eventual winner going on to secure the championship.
Despite being the top two National League teams over the past two seasons, their postseason journeys took unexpected turns. The Dodgers faced embarrassment twice against an ostensibly less formidable NL West rival, while the Braves experienced setbacks against the Phillies.
Now no one knows for sure who is going to land him, but one rumor floating around is pointing to Shohei Ohtani’s dog’s name. Rumors suggest that the reason the name is not disclosed is because it corresponds to one of the teams under Ohtani’s consideration.
Envision a potential 2024 Braves lineup with Ohtani joining the ranks. Picture the 2023 NL MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. leading off, followed by the 2023 AL MVP Shohei Ohtani in the second spot.
Ohtani’s addition would transform an already historically productive Braves lineup into an All-Star team, forming a formidable top four with Acuña, Austin Riley, and Matt Olson—perhaps the most feared lineup quartet in MLB history. Thanks to the core assembled by Alex Anthopoulos in Atlanta, the Braves boast the most significant World Series window, rivaling only the Baltimore Orioles. In the six years since the window opened, they have already capitalized on it with their 2021 title run.
Moreover, Ohtani would find long-term stability with the Braves. Acuña, Riley, Olson, Ozzie Albies, Sean Murphy, and Michael Harris II are all under contract for the foreseeable future, showcasing an abundance of talent that promises continuity.
The decision from Ohtani is reportedly on the horizon, adding anticipation to the unfolding narrative.
So the big question is did Ohtani name his dog Dodger, Fenway, Cubbie or Blue Jay?