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The Myth of Shohei Ohtani Is Proving to Be Real Once Again

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There was a point last year when it was easy to feel that Shohei Ohtani was simply a good baseball player.

Of course, “a good baseball player” is not a bad thing, no matter the context. But it could have felt like a bit of a letdown here. It was a revision of the old conventional wisdom on Ohtani—which was that he was a unicorn, a miracle, a revelation unto himself.