Shohei Ohtani is one of the most sought after players available this offseason, with the majority of teams expected to pursue him. This has led to his agent getting creative to try to find the best fit for the player nicknamed “The Japanese Babe Ruth.”
Nez Balelo, who also represents players like Andre Ethier and Ryan Braun, asked every team to submit a written memo with 7 reasons why Ohtani should join their club.
Bill Shaikin of the LA Times expanded on the request from Ohtani’s agent and what points they want addressed:
- An evaluation of Shohei’s talent as a pitcher and/or a hitter;
- Player development, medical, training and player performance philosophies and capabilities;
- Major League, Minor League, and Spring Training facilities;
- Resources for Shohei’s cultural assimilation;
- A detailed plan for integrating Shohei into the organization;
- Why the city and franchise are a desirable place to play;
- Relevant marketplace characteristics.
These are pretty basic things that you would expect to be asked in Ohtani’s situation. They do however give us a chance to see what factors will be considered when he makes his decision. One of the biggest hurdles for most teams will be figuring out how the best way to utilize the uber-talented two way player. Andrew Friedman seemed confident that it could be done, as noted by Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
Speaking generally of two-way players and not of Ohtani specifically, Friedman said last week, “We definitely think that it’s doable for someone who’s talented enough to do both. It takes being a little creative in trying to figure out a schedule and figure out recovery days.”
If the Dodgers could find a way to utilize all of his skills, they will certainly be a front runner considering they fit all of his requests very well. Another draw of the Dodgers is the opportunity to win right away. The Dodgers’ locker room atmosphere is hard to beat as well, with no shortage of leaders and big personalities alike.
Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy showed this while giving his take on what the general answers to Ohtani’s request will be:
2. good food (pretty please)
3. money (lots)
4. the best fans (according to our fans)
5. great park to pitch and hit in (is this helping? we're running out of ideas)
7. seriously. please https://t.co/dEeMS11Dcl
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) November 27, 2017
McCarthy’s tweet gave us a good laugh, but it also highlighted that the request for 7 bullet points is a bit outside the box. While it may be a different approach, it will be an effective way to see how dedicated teams are to bringing in the Japanese star.
We asked our Twitter followers what they would tell Ohtani to bring him to Los Angeles and here are some of the best responses:
We got In-N-Out
— YaYa ? (@RickyZuniga16) November 28, 2017
Sign in LA and you'll win a World Series in your rookie year
— Ian Rilcoff (@Rilthethrill) November 28, 2017
We were one game away from winning it all. We believe you’re the missing piece. We have a young core so the goal is multiple rings. We have a large Japanese fan base, you would receive enormous support here. LA is where you want to be and we want you here too
— G_R_P (@GilRPhotography) November 28, 2017
LA has a pretty cool Little Tokyo and a huge Japanese community. Plus I will give him all the sake he wants if he chooses the Dodgers.
— Michele C (@mcheno) November 28, 2017
— Clean Floors (@SafeDryFloors) November 28, 2017
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