Shohei Ohtani (sometimes spelled Otani) is a pitcher and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels.
Ohtani is a focus of fascination and delight because he is dominant both as a pitcher and batter, making him a two-way player on a level not seen in decades.
Ben is an especially big fan of Shohei, making a point to tune in for his games and attend Yankees games when the Angels are in town. This admiration sometimes borders on full-on infatuation, making for humorous discussions on the podcast.
The $50/month Patreon support tier has been named after him since November 2021.
- Episode 350: Ohtani's first appearance on the podcast! A discussion about the new NBP posting system earns a passing mention to Ohtani as being one of the next big players to go through the process to join an MLB team.
In the Facebook group
- Shohei Ohtani vs. Baby Shower: In April 2018, a member of the Facebook group RSVP'd to a baby shower before realizing it was on the same day that Ohtani was scheduled to pitch and asked the group whether he should blow off the baby shower. It received over 600 comments.