Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani donated his prize money from the home delivery derby to Los Angeles Angels employees on Friday, while also being a big hit with fans who bought All-Star Game items.
Ohtani, the first Japanese in the Major League Baseball home wrestling, received $ 150,000 despite going out in the first round on Monday. According to the Orange County Register, Ohtani distributed these revenues to 30 individual coaches, clubhouse workers and media executives.
Combined image shows Shohei Ohtani from the Los Angeles Angels beating and beating for the American League in the MLB All-Star Game on July 13, 2021 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. Ohtani became the first two-way All-Star in major league baseball history. (Kyodo) == Kyodo
Pete Alonso of the New York Mets, the defending champion, won the first prize of $ 1 million in the eight-player competition, while second place earned $ 500,000.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, several Angels employees were hit in 2020, while Ohtani in February agreed on a two-year deal worth a total of $ 8.5 million.
But his impact extended beyond them at Angel Stadium, where his team resumed the regular season with a game in a 6-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
MLB announced that Ohtani, the first player to start the All-Star Game in two positions, pitcher and designated hitter, was a hit at the checkout, with his goods accounting for 28 percent of all All-Star goods.
Ohtani went into Friday’s game against the Mariners who led both leagues in the home race with 33. He failed to add to that total on Friday, and went 1-for-5 with a two-race single.
His RBI single at the bottom of the ninth made it an one-run game, but the game ended with him being at third base, representing the potential tie-break.