TOKYO — Japanese two-way famous person Shohei Ohtani arrived house Tuesday and was essential of his Los Angeles Angels group lacking the Major League Baseball playoffs once more.
In an interview at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, he mentioned it was “a good season for me personally.” Not so good for the Angels, although.
Without strong assist for former AL MVPs Ohtani and Mike Trout, the Angels suffered a seventh consecutive dropping season and missed the playoffs for an eighth consecutive yr.
“I have to say that August and September in particular felt longer to me than last year,” Ohtani mentioned, talking in Japanese. “We were not able to play as many good games as we would like — including 14 consecutive losses. So I have a rather negative impression of this season.”
The Angels completed 73-89 and had been 33 video games behind the Houston Astros within the American League West.
The Angels final made the playoffs in 2014. Ohtani joined in 2018, leaving one in every of baseball’s largest stars on the sidelines for the sport’s largest stage.
Ohtani was 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA as a pitcher. As a batter he hit 34 house runs, had 95 RBIs and hit .273.
He was requested about the potential of being the American League MVP once more.
“I’m just happy to be considered as a candidate,” he mentioned.
Ohtani has already picked up an armful of awards. He was the AL MVP final yr. Last season, he was additionally offered a particular award — the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award — by commissioner Rob Manfred to acknowledge his two-way play.
Ohtani has already agreed to a $30 million take care of the Angels for the 2023 season, his ultimate yr earlier than free company. The Angels have mentioned they wish to maintain him.
He was open to taking part in for Japan in subsequent yr’s World Baseball Classic, which takes place earlier than the MLB season.
“Many top-class major league players from the United States and Latin America have announced their participation,” Ohtani mentioned. “Participating in this tournament is very appealing to me. I have that kind of feeling.”