Ohtani hits 32nd homer to break Matsui’s mark

iCrackStreamsJuly 8, 2021

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani hit his major-league-leading 32nd homer for the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, breaking Hideki Matsui’s record for homers in a major league season by a Japanese player.

Ohtani surpassed Matsui’s full-season record before the All-Star break with his solo shot to right in the fifth inning against Boston on Wednesday. Matsui set the mark with the Yankees in 2004.

Matsui issued a statement through the Angels immediately after Ohtani broke his mark, praising the achievement as “just a passing point for a hitter like Shohei.”

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    “I was once considered a long ball hitter in the majors, but I believe that he truly is a long ball hitter,” Matsui said. “Furthermore, he is an amazing pitcher. He exceeds what is considered conventional for a major league player, and there is no one else like him. I hope he continues his success this season as he carries the hopes and dreams of many fans and young children. As a baseball fan myself, I can’t wait to see what he is able to do next.”

    Ohtani pitched seven innings to earn a victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night, improving to 4-1 in his first mound start since becoming the first player to be selected for the All-Star Game as both a pitcher and a hitter.

    Chris Davis hit 37 in 2013.

    Ohtani will participate in the Home Run Derby before the All-Star Game next week in Denver.

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