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The 6 Best MLB Moments from Monday

It was Shotime all over again.

Me again! You could say I was pretty thrilled to cover this article today when I realized that Shohei Ohtani was taking the mound once again for the Los Angeles Angels, who also had Mike Trout back in the lineup for the first time since Thursday after being hit by a pitch on his left elbow. In true fashion, Trout went 4-for-5 at the plate and he’s now batting a phenomenal .426/.539/.820 through 18 games. But, enough about him…

 

History Sho’s Us

 

To make history yesterday, Shohei Ohtani simply had to just show up and throw one pitch. The Japanese sensation became the first baseball player since Babe Ruth on June 13, 1921, to start a game on the mound whilst also entering the day leading all of baseball in home runs. After a shaky first inning, in which he gave up 4 runs, Ohtani settled and earned his first win as a starter since May 20, 2018, on the back of 9 strikeouts in 5 impressive innings.

 

At the plate, he was his mercurial self, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored. His double in the 2nd inning really got the Angels going.

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It is safe to say there are more records to be broken and there is more enjoyment to behold for this remarkable baseball prodigy. Maybe next on the list is a new record for launch angle on a bunt…

 

Pinkies Up, Freddie

 

Who doesn’t love Freddie Freeman? The reigning National League MVP made it look easy once again yesterday, blasting a 3-run homer to open up a commanding lead for the Braves in their matchup with the Cubs. And a nice piece of work from the guys at Cut4 to edit in Anthony Rizzo’s “FREDERICK!” shout from last week’s epic rundown.

 

The man is all class—he evens sips water like a king! Pinkies up!

https://twitter.com/gifs_baseball/status/1386852066992214019

 

One In A Million!

 

Just how Bryce Harper managed to hit another flying baseball during batting practice is simply unbelievable. But, he did, and why not? It’s the kind of thing a Major League Baseball superstar does.

 

Hey Brett, How About Getting A Hit?

 

The Yankees’ disappointing start to the season has been a talking point across baseball over the past week. They could do themselves a big favor by concentrating on what they should be doing…

https://twitter.com/jgroc/status/1386858912117403650

 

Synchronized Baseball

 

The game we all love has a certain poetry to it… a rhythm… a grace. As demonstrated here by the Tampa Bay Rays infield.

 

Your Daily Dose of Dingers!

 

Appropriately named. Thanks, MLB!

 

 

Photo by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns of Twitter)

Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for sportbc.blog, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

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