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Where is Shohei Ohtani Headed?

Los Angeles Angels’ designated hitter Shohei Ohtani is officially out for the season as of September 15th with an elbow injury. He recently had surgery done, and is expected to return to hit next year, but will he stay with the Angels?
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Ohtani reportedly cleared out his locker last week and no other updates on that have been given. With his injury as well as other factors, it’s not unlikely that he’s played his last game for the Angels. I interviewed Mr. Ayala, who works for the Angels and is a PE teacher here at Canyon. Here’s what he had to say as well as some insight on his experience at the stadium.

“The ballpark’s pretty unique, there are a lot of employees, there are a lot of people who try to work behind the scenes to make the games go as smoothly as they can.” 


When asked about Shohei, he was unsure but hopeful. “…I say with Shohei, he’s by far the best player in the world. I think he’ll do what’s in his heart, he wants to play.” “…He is a position player, he bats and is a pitcher, and the biggest thing I get to see that most people don’t get to see is just the behind the scenes work that he’s doing to prepare for each night. Even during a game when he’s pitching, he’s still working diligently” “….Playing in the game is very taxing, and he’s still working hard for his next goal, he basically has to switch gears, it’s amazing to see, his work ethic and his determination to be successful. He can do it all.” 

Mr. Ayala is very grateful to be witnessing a historic player like Shohei in his lifetime, and it’s safe to say we’re all excited to see where his career goes no matter what. “Students like yourself are gonna say years from now, ‘Wow, he played here and put up one of the greatest seasons ever,’ I’m a big fan of him and I hope he stays, but that’s gonna be the big talk this off season,” Mr Ayala continues. 


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