MLB implements “Shohei Ohtani” rule
In 2021, when Shohei Ohtani was throwing and hitting at the same time, he had to throw long to hope to hit long. Otherwise, he had to take his outfielder’s glove to play on the right to stay in the game.
But not anymore. From 2022, a pitcher who hits may leave the game as a pitcher, but may remain the DH of his formation.
Note that the Ghost Runner is back for 2022 and April rosters will have 28 players to help pitchers.
But back to Ohtani.
This means that, as in the All-Star Game, Shohei Ohtani – the only beneficiary of this regulation in 2022 – can be two players at the same time: Ohtani the pitcher and Ohtani the hitter.
This is possible because of the universal choice hitter rule.
MLB is moving in the right direction by giving Ohtani tools to be at the top of his game under the right conditions. I like what I see from Major League Baseball.
It’s the ball fan who comes out on top, in my opinion.
- Several contracts in Toronto.
- A large amount for a young person with three years of autonomy.