- Opening Day is April 7 for the LA Angels
- Shohei Ohtani will make MLB history
- He'll be the starting pitcher and DH
MLB sensation Shohei Ohtani is all set to make history on Opening Day this year.
His Los Angeles Angels open the 2022 season on April 7, and Ohtani was confirmed as the starting pitcher today. But that's not all. He'll make history by also serving as the designated hitter in the game.
Shohei Ohtani to make MLB history after "Ohtani rule"
MLB adopted the universal DH this season, and it made another change that's become known as the "Ohtani rule."
The rule allows the SP to also serve as DH and remain in the game as DH after they're removed as the pitcher. Ohtani would presumably be the first ever to start in the modified two roles this Opening Day.
Per MLB.com, the "Ohtani rule" is expected to be in place for Opening Day but must still be approved by all 30 teams.
Shohei Ohtani, of course, is the world-class slugger who can also pitch with the best of them. The "Ohtani rule" will get him into even more action for the Angels this season.
Shohei Ohtani, 27, is coming off an AL MVP season in which he hit 46 home runs and posted a 3.18 ERA as a starter.
He has a huge fanbase around the world, and the Japanese superstar should be fun to watch this year — now also as a batter in his games as an SP.