Shohei Ohtani Aaron Judge
Shohei Ohtani Aaron Judge Source:

Aaron Judge and Shohei Ohtani are the two best players of modern-day baseball. The captain of the New York Yankees had a really, very slow start to the current season. It took him seven games to hit his first home run. Even though April was not a memorable one for the NY side’s captain, he turned things around in May. He has maintained a strong momentum from May to the first ten days of June as well. On the other hand, the two-way superstar made his debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers this year. After all, the LA side bought him for a record $700 million deal.

Moreover, Shohei Ohtani had a quite formidable start to his journey as a Dodger. However, he has not been able to pitch yet, and it is quite uncertain if he will ever pitch again. Nonetheless, he has been quite impressive as the Designated Hitter of the LA Dodgers so far. Lately, the LA side visited the Bronx for a three-game series, which they eventually won 2-1. After the series was over, Ohtani expressed his admiration for the Yankees captain.


Shohei Ohtani Admires Aaron Judge For His Consistency

Shohei Ohtani Aaron Judge
Shohei Ohtani Aaron Judge Source: ESPN

Lately, the Dodgers missed a great chance to sweep the series against the Yankees in New York. They played in the Bronx for the first time since 2016. Clearly, it was a happy visit to New York after eight years for the LA side. Recently, in an interview with ESPN, the LA sensation Shohei Ohtani heaped praise on the captain of the Bronx Bombers. It is great to see when two greats have admiration for one another. Lately, Ohtani told ESPN that every year, he wonders how big Aaron Judge is. Most importantly, what Ohtani likes about Judge is the fact that no matter what the situation is, the NY side’s captain “Always takes his swing.”

Moreover, the Unicorn mentioned that it is one quality that he can learn from the 2022 American League MVP. The Japanese sensation believes the California native is huge, but he can really learn a lot from him. These two modern-day giants of the game competed for the AL MVP in back-to-back three years. Those were the days when Ohtani used to play for the Los Angeles Angels. He stayed in LA but changed colors from red to blue. The Sho-Time managed to beat Judge twice in the race for MVP. He won in 2021 and 2023. Now, the two-time MVP will look to win another such award but in the National League. At present, he is one of the favorites to win it.

Ohtani’s Speed Beats Judge’s Arm

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Shohei Ohtani Mookie Betts Dodgers Source: Sports Illustrated

On Sunday, the Yankees managed to beat the Dodgers 6-4. There was a moment in the contest when Shohei Ohtani tried to score on a fly ball to right field. That’s when the ball went to Aaron Judge and he attempted to throw out the two-way superstar. However, the Yankees captain failed to throw Ohtani out with his attempt. The Japanese sensation slid in safely. Aaron Judge’s throw had a 93.4 mph speed.

It was really close to his best throw this season. But Ohtani had a speed of 29.4 feet per second, which was really impressive. That’s what Sarah Langs of feels. Anyway, with that slide, Ohtani made it 5-4. But the Yankees won the game to prevent a sweep. These two teams are at the top of their respective divisions. 

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