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Ohtani and Maeda represent Japan on West Coast

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LA Angels

Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani continues to claim headlines for the Angels, drawing eyes from all over baseball. The two-way Japanese star is garnering the biggest of compliments as a Babe Ruth-like performance. Ohtani’s ability to play on both sides of the plate hasn’t been seen since the Hall of Famer, Ruth.  Ohtani’s incredible dexterity and skill has helped guide the Angels to a number of victories this year.

Fast Facts

Age: 23

Year went Pro: 2013

Teams: Angels (current), Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters

Stats: .389 batting average, 3 home runs, 7 RBI’s, 18 SO, 2-0

Records: 1 of 3 players to record double digit strikeouts and home run in three consecutive games.

High School: Hanamaki Higashi, Iwate, Japan

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Los Angeles Dodgers

Kenta Maeda

Kenta Maeda may have a 1-1 record, but he hasn’t showed his full potential yet. Maeda has provided a consistent performance from the mound over the last couple of years, recording a total of 331 strikeouts on a 30-17 record. He’s recorded 14 strikeouts and only allowed three balls and two earned runs on the season thus far.

Fast Facts

Age: 29

Year went Pro: 2006

Teams: Dodgers (Current), Hiroshima Toyo Carp

Stats: .000 batting average, 14 SO, 1-1

High School: PL Gakuen Senior High School, Osaka, Japan

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Photos courtesy of Shohei Ohtani’s facebook and John Hefti and Chieko’s Instagrams.

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