The Los Angeles Angels have to be kicking themselves for not ever making the playoffs with Shohei Ohtani.
He has been one of the best players in baseball over the last few seasons yet the Angels continue to disappoint.
Ohtani has played six MLB seasons and over the last three he has been elite.
He is going to have two first-place MVP finishes and a second-place finish.
That is a type of run that only his teammate Mike Trout has had.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Ohtani has done something this year that has never been seen before.
He has a 10.0 WAR despite playing only 135 games.
Shohei Ohtani finished this year with 10.0 WAR despite missing nearly the entire final month of the season.
He played in 135 games, the fewest games played in a 10-WAR season in AL/NL history, excluding full-time pitchers. pic.twitter.com/RNIxsG51v4
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 17, 2023
What Ohtani has done both on the mound and at the plate this season has been incredible.
It is easy for him to rack up WAR when he is dominating at two spots.
Despite having two of the best players in the sport the Angels have failed their fans.
This team will miss the playoffs again, and Ohtani could be on his way out.
The two-way superstar is a free agent at the end of the season.
It seems more and more likely that he will not return to the Angels.
Ohtani recently cleared out his locker in LA, after an oblique injury that will keep him out the rest of the season.
If he does leave, the Ohtani-Trout Era in LA will be one of the most disappointing in baseball history.
This offseason is a massive one for the future of baseball.
Wherever Ohtani ends up could change the course of history.
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