Lto Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) agreed on Tuesday to implement the ‘Shohei Ohtani rule’, which It will allow the Japanese to play on offense in the games that he has to start as a pitcher.
With this new rule, Ohtani will be able to start as the designated hitter in the games that he has to take to the mound and will allow him to continue his turn in the lineup, even if his work is finished as a pitcher, explains the New York Post.
This new measure isurgent after the implementation of the universal designated hitter, which will allow one more man to be used on offense in the National League, occupying the position previously held by the pitcher in the offensive order.
This rule that may apply any team that wishes to use a pitcher as an offensive player, It will be maintained until the new labor pact expires in 2026.
Ohtani, who played both positions last season, He comes from winning the Most Valuable Player award in the American League, after batting .257 with 46 home runs and 100 RBIs and go 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA as a pitcher.
The Japanese player, who upon arriving at training with the Angels, said that this year came with the intention of achieving better results than last season, he will have more opportunities to produce on both sides with this new ruler, custom made for you.