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Ohtani joins Ruth: Only MLB players with 10 HRs & 10 wins in a season

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 10/08/2022 Patrick Djordjevic For Dailymail.Com

Shohei Ohtani has shown once again why he is one of the premier assets to Major League Baseball. 

In a game far from the mind's eye of most in the baseball world, Ohtani reiterated why he is such a captivating presence. 

The Japanese phenomenon struck his 25th homer of the season, alongside pitching six scoreless innings as the Los Angeles Angels dispatched the Oakland Athletics 5-1 Tuesday. 

Shohei Ohtani is only player to hit 25 home runs and 100 strikeouts in back-to-back seasons  © Provided by Daily Mail Shohei Ohtani is only player to hit 25 home runs and 100 strikeouts in back-to-back seasons 

Baseball deity Babe Ruth is the only other player in MLB history to accomplish the feat of 10 wins and 10 home runs in a season, and now Ohtani has joined him. 

During the 1918 season, Ruth homered 11 times while winning 13 games from the mound. In stark contrast to the Angels' fortunes, Ruth's Red Sox finished 75-51 on the season before defeating the Cubs in the World Series. 

Unfortunately for Ohtani, he feels closer to Japan than the 48-63 Angels are to a World Series. The Anaheim club sit 10 games outside a playoff place. 

While their collective form may be cause for concern, Ohtani is shining brightly in the shadows of Tinseltown.   

The Japanese recorded six scoreless in Oakland Tuesday - his pitching record is now 10-7 © Provided by Daily Mail The Japanese recorded six scoreless in Oakland Tuesday - his pitching record is now 10-7

'I feel like every time we're out there he does something special,' Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said postgame. 


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'You try not to take for granted what we're seeing every night but it's pretty awesome to be a part of. These things don't go by us lightly.'

Ohtani sent record writers scrambling again, becoming the first player in MLB history to record 25 home runs and 100 strikeouts in consecutive seasons.

While 'Shotime' is a trailblazer in his own right, he found appreciation in passing fellow Japanese Ichiro Suzuki for the second most homers by a Japanese-born player. 

Ohtani might be flying but the LA Angels are languishing at the bottom of the AL West  © Provided by Daily Mail Ohtani might be flying but the LA Angels are languishing at the bottom of the AL West 

'Obviously we're very different types of hitters, but if I get to pass Ichiro I'm really honored,' Ohtani said via an interpreter. 

With 118 to his name, the 28-year-old still has a long way to go before he can eclipse Hideki Matsui's total of 175 career home runs.

'I don't know how he does it,' A's third baseman Vimael Machin said postgame. 

'Just being an elite player overall who can throw over 100mph with nasty off speed and hit the ball the way he hits it, I can't even describe that. I wish I could do that, too. It's amazing what he does.'   

Ohtani celebrates with teammates as the Angels won their second straight game over the A's © Provided by Daily Mail Ohtani celebrates with teammates as the Angels won their second straight game over the A's Read more

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