If first impressions are any indication, Shohei Ohtani will indeed be able to contribute to the Angels at the plate as well as on the mound — or better.
The two-way superstar from Japan reached base in all three plate appearances Monday in his spring training debut as a hitter.
Obviously, I couldn’t directly communicate with my teammates, but it wasn’t something that was entirely necessary. Once you get on the field, it’s baseball. We all play baseball and that’s a universal language. It’s not like we need to be talking to each other, per se. Fortunately, I was surrounded by great teammates and great coaching staffs. Communication wasn’t really an issue.
There’s been so much talk lately about ways to improve baseball, both on and off the field. Is there anything MLB could borrow from Nippon Professional Baseball that you think would work?
The New York Post reported Tebow could serve as the designated hitter in the Mets’ exhibition Monday vs. the Astros if X-rays on the ankle check out.
In case you were wondering, this injury won’t cost Tebow an opportunity to make the big club, even though Mets general manager Sandy Alderson predicted last week that Tebow will someday play in the major leagues. The plan has long been for the 30-year-old outfielder to begin the season with the Mets’ Double-A affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y.
That plan isn’t changing even though major-league outfielders Juan Lagares (hamstring), Jay Bruce (foot) and Michael Conforto (shoulder surgery) are also out. Conforto, in fact, is expected to miss the first month as his recovery drags.