Shohei Ohtani Has A Legendary Lead In All-Star Voting

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At this point, playing an All-Star Game withoutLos Angeles Angelsphenom Shohei Ohtani should be out of the question.

Year after year, he does enough to be a starter for the American League team, but this year, he has taken his game to another level.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Ohtani is not only the leading vote-getter at the designated hitter position, but he is doing so with a huge lead over the second-placed hitter, Brandon Belt.

An Angels insider, Sam Blum of The Athletic, made a joke about Ohtani s All-Star chances.

There you have the top three vote-getters at the DH spot: Robbie Grossman is third with just over 270,000, Belt is second just short of 500,000, and Ohtani has a few laps on both with almost 1,900,000 votes.

Only Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr., with more than 2,200,000, has more votes than Ohtani.

Ohtani was probably MLB s most popular player before the season started, but that popularity rose even more with his World Baseball Classic performance.

Now, Ohtani is a well-known figure even in countries in which baseball isn t that popular.

Nobody is bigger than the sport, but Ohtani is certainly the best and most unique athlete ever to step on a baseball field.

He has done more than enough to be the starter at the DH spot, with a .300/.384/.632 line and 24 home runs already.

It has been probably his finest offensive season.

On the other hand, he has enough merits to pitch in the All-Star Game, with a 3.29 ERA in 82 innings.

He has been the Angels best hitter and pitcher at the same time.

He is a treasure for baseball.

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