Shohei Ohtani (29, Los Angeles Angels), a Japanese two-hitter player, was selected as the candidate for the home run king.
Last season’s major league (MLB) home run king competition was the New York Yankees ‘monster hitter’ Aaron Judge’s solo system. He hit 62 homers, 16 more than Kyle Schwaber (46 Philadelphia Phillies), who was second in the category.
60 home runs is a symbolic number. 스포츠토토 There were only 5 players in history who had achieved this record before Judge. 8 times as many times. Babe Ruth (1927, 60) Roger Maris (1961, 61) Mark McGuire (1998, 70 home runs, 1999, 65 home runs) Sammy Sosa (1998, 66 home runs, 1999, 63 home runs, 2001, 64 home runs) Barry It was a record entered only by hitters representing MLB history, such as Bonds (73 home runs in 2001). Judge hit 60 homers in 21 years, the first time since Sosa and Bonds in 2001. It was revealed that Maguire, Sosa, and Bones had taken prohibited substances. Judge was the first 60-home run hitter since 2005, when doping tests were tightened.
Even in the 2023 season, Judge is a strong candidate for the home run king. However, the world’s best baseball league is unlikely to allow a second straight victory so easily. In fact, since Jose Batista (retired) in the 2010-2011 season, there has been no player who has been the home run king for two consecutive years.
MLB.com asked its reporters for a survey and introduced both Jersey’s Mercury and the possibility of someone’s recapture. Reporter Paul Casella picked Ohtani as the candidate for the home run title.
He noted that Ohtani hit 80 home runs in two consecutive full-time seasons. Only Judge hit more home runs in the same period. Ohtani finished third in the category with 46 home runs in the 2021 season, and hit 34 in the 2022 season.
MLB.com also introduced that out of 80 home runs Ohtani hit during this period, there were 8 hardballs hitting 115 miles per hour (185 km/h) or more. This is more than the 6 jerseys. He averaged 412 feet (125.5 m). He was third among hitters with more than 50 home runs, following Schwaber and CJ Cron. It was also predicted that if Mike Trout (Angels) and Ohtani, who are considered the best hitters in active play, can create synergy by digesting one season without injury, the Angels will lead the competition for the home run king.
Meanwhile, MLB.com selected Judge, Ohtani, Trout, Pete Alonso (New York Mets), who hit 40 home runs last season, and Jordan Alvarez, who led the Houston Astros to win the World Series, as the five candidates for the home run title.