Shohei Ohtani donated his winnings from the Home Run Derby this week to members of the Los Angeles Angels support staff.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Ohtani donated the $ 150,000 it received to more than a couple dozen people, including clubhouse staff, coaches and members of the media relations department.
The back-and-forth sensation handed out checks before Angels game Friday night against the Seattle Mariners. People talked to The Associated Presson condition of anonymity because Ohtani has not commented on the matter.
In addition to becoming the first Japanese player to participate in the Home Run Derby, Ohtani was the first player in the history of the All-Star Game to be selected as a pitcher and batter. He pitched a perfect first inning and was 0-for-2 in the American League’s 5-2 win Tuesday night at Coors Field in Denver.
Ohtani he was the top seed in the derby on Monday night, but he was eliminated in the first round after losing a swing-off to Juan Soto of Washington.
Pete Alonso of the New York Mets won the event and took home the $ 1 million prize. Baltimore’s Trey Mancini was second and took home $ 500,000.