Shohei Ohtani denies ever betting on sports

Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese baseball sensation, was seen observing a spring training game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The 29-year-old has risen to fame in the baseball world over the past few years, starting from his high school days in Mizusawa, Japan. Ohtani began his professional career with Japan’s Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in 2013 before making the move to Major League Baseball in 2018 to join the Los Angeles Angels. Last year, Ohtani made headlines by signing a groundbreaking 10-year, $700 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

Known for his skills both as a pitcher and designated hitter, Ohtani was voted as the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 2021. He accomplished feats like hitting 45 home runs, stealing 25 bases, and recording five triples in a single season, setting records in the process. In 2023, Ohtani made history by becoming the first player to unanimously win the American League MVP award twice.

Beyond his success on the field, Ohtani has secured lucrative endorsement deals with companies like Boss, Fanatics, and Seiko Watch, generating a substantial sum of at least $35 million annually according to Forbes. However recently Ohtani underwent elbow surgery and is expected to refrain from pitching until 2025 as he focuses on recovery and returning to peak performance on the baseball field. Despite this setback he remains one of most valuable player in MLB today.

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