The Angels proceed to lose not one, however two generational skills in Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. And amid one other shedding season, Ohtani defined to reporters that it has been troublesome to remain motivated and maintain transferring ahead.
“Staying motivated like that’s robust,” Ohtani mentioned, hinting that he’ll proceed to play regardless of being out of playoff competition.
“Individually, there are numerous issues I’ve to do. “However my baseball life will proceed for a while, and regardless of the circumstances, I wish to be targeted on each recreation,” he added.
The Angels enter Friday with a 44–61 report and are at present in fourth place within the AL West. They’re additionally 12 video games out of third place within the American League.
With the Angels to this point out of playoff competition, rumors had been swirling on the commerce deadline about Ohtani and whether or not or not he was accessible to be traded.
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Rumors ended up being simply that – rumours. Ohtani stayed with the Angels on the deadline and figures to be an integral a part of the workforce’s future.
Earlier than the deadline, when requested if he needed to remain in Anaheim, Ohtani gave a non-committal reply.
“Irrespective of the place I am enjoying, I will give it my all and attempt to win that ball recreation in entrance of me. I’m with the Angels now and I’m very grateful for what they’ve accomplished. I really like my workforce and my teammates. “Proper now I am an angel, and that is all I can deal with,” he mentioned.
Time is working out for the Angels and Ohtani. If they continue to be non-contending over the subsequent two seasons, it is onerous to think about Ohtani wanting to stay round for lengthy.
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