Shohei Ohtani denies ever participating in sports gambling

From Mizusawa to Major League Baseball: The Rise of Shohei Ohtani and His $700 Million Contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Shohei Ohtani, a Japanese baseball sensation, has risen to fame despite being involved in a scandal related to allegations of theft against a former interpreter. Now 29 years old, Ohtani started his baseball journey in Mizusawa, Japan, where he excelled during his high school years. He began his professional career with Japan’s Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in 2013 before making the switch to Major League Baseball in 2018 by joining the Los Angeles Angels.

In December 2023, Ohtani signed a historic 10-year, $700 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking one of the highest-paying contracts in professional sports history. As a versatile player who both pitches and bats as a designated hitter, Ohtani’s remarkable performance earned him the title of the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 2021 and again in 2023. During that same season, he achieved a unique feat by becoming the first player in American League or National League history to hit at least 45 home runs, steal 25 bases, and hit five triples in a single season.

Ohtani’s success on the field has not only set records but has also led to lucrative advertising deals. He has over a dozen partnerships worldwide and earns an estimated $35 million annually in endorsement earnings with companies like Boss (formerly Hugo Boss), Fanatics, and Seiko Watch, according to Forbes. Though currently recovering from elbow surgery due to injuries sustained during the game last year, Ohtani’s future remains promising as he looks forward to returning to the pitcher’s mound in 2025.

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