“I’ve heard of the name.”
Head coach Dave Roberts (LA Dodgers) tried his best to ignore Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels) while talking to reporters ahead of the ‘Freeway Series’ against the Los Angeles Angels on the 8th (Korean time).
There is no way that director Roberts doesn’t know Ohtani. Amid expectations that the Dodgers will start recruiting Ohtani, the largest free agent this offseason, he acted exaggeratedly to avoid suspicion of ‘tampering (pre-contact)’.
Director Roberts’ sincerity comes after that. “(Ohtani토토사이트) is a great player. It’s good for the Dodgers that he’s not starting this series,” said manager Roberts. “, he showered with praise.
The reporter asked Director Roberts, ‘What did the front desk say about Ohtani?’ Director Roberts did not succumb to this induction questioning. He only replied with a smile, “(That’s what I said). Ohtani is a great baseball player.”
The Dodgers did not invest in large free agents ahead of this season, but maintained their power with short-term contracts only for necessary positions. It was accepted by the industry as a plan to catch big fish that will come to the market in the future by reducing annual salary expenditures. The biggest word anyone can think of is, of course, a typo.
Active players also think the Dodgers will sign Ohtani. On the 21st of last month, The Athletic, an American sports media outlet, conducted a survey of 103 major leaguers from 22 clubs. One of the questions raised here was “What team will Ohtani play next year?” The team that got the most votes here was the Dodgers (57.2% out of 96). The Angels stayed at 11.4 percent, followed by San Diego, the Mets, and the Yankees.
Meanwhile, the first game of the freeway series held at Dodger Stadium was won by the Dodgers 11-4. The Dodgers scored in 6 innings in the middle of 8 offensive opportunities. Only the 4th and 7th innings failed to score. First hitter Mookie Betts (3-for-4), second hitter Freddie Freeman (1-for-5), and third hitter Will Smith (3-for-5) combined for 7 hits and 7 RBIs in 14 at-bats.
Ohtani came out as the Angels’ No. 1 designated hitter and recorded 1 hit and 1 walk in 3 at-bats. The Angels’ first pitcher, Griffin Canning, collapsed with 5 hits and 4 runs in 2⅔ innings. Tyler Anderson, who came out as the second pitcher, also did not produce good results with 3 runs in 4⅓ innings.