Meet Kayoko Ohtani; she is the beautiful and loving mother of Japanese MLB player Shohei Ohtani, the outfielder, designated hitter, and pitcher who currently plays for the Los Angeles Angels known as Showtime. In addition to playing with the Angels, Ohtani plays with Japan National Team.
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Shohei Ohtani MLB
Before joining the Angeles, Shohei Ohtani played for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters from 2013 to 2018. He started playing baseball at a young age, and later while he attended Hanamaki Higashi High School in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. In 2012, he joined Japan’s Under-18 National Team.
- Ohtani signed a deal with the Los Angeles Angels.
- On December 13, 2017, he had stem-cell injections and a platelet-rich plasma injection to treat a first-degree UCL sprain in his right elbow.
- On March 29, 2018, he started as a designated hitter.
- He hit his first MLB home run on April 3, 2018.
- He was named AL Rookie of the Year in April and September.
- On June 8, 2018, he suffered Grade 2 UCL sprain in his right elbow and was subsequently placed on the disabled list; he received platelet-rich plasma and stem-cell injections.
- On October 1, 2018, he underwent Tommy John surgery, after an MRI taken on September 3, 2018, showed damage to his UCL.
- On November 12, 2018, he was crowned AL Rookie of the Year.
- On September 12, 2019, he underwent surgery to repair a bipartite patella.
- On June 18, 2021, he was selected to the 2021 Home Run Derby, hitting 22 home runs.
- On July 6, 2021, he was named AL Player of the Week and AL Player of the Month.
- On July 11, 2021, Ohtani won the Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY Award.
- In August 2021, he was named AL Player of the Month.
- On September 15, 2021, he was named Time 100’s list of most influential people of 2021.
- On September 25, 2021, his teammates voted in his favor to win the Nick Adenhart Pitcher of the Year Award and Los Angeles Angels Player of the Year.
- On October 25, 2021, he was named Baseball Digest Player of the Year and Baseball America Major League Player of the Year.
- On October 28, 2021, he won the Sporting News Player of the Year Award, Players Choice Player of the Year Award, and Players Choice American League Outstanding Player Award.
- On November 11, 2021, he won the Silver Slugger Award.
- On November 19, he was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player.
Shohei Ohtani Awards
- Named to the NBP All-Star from 2013 to 2017.
- Pacific League Most Valuable Player in 2016
- Pacific League Pitcher Best Nine in 2015 and 2016.
- Winner of the 2015 Pacific League Battery Award.
- Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize in 2016 and 2018.
- 2016 Japan Series Champion.
- 2016 Designated Hitter Best Nine
- 2018 AL Rookie Of the Year
- 2019 (Jube 13th) Hit of the Cycle.
- 2021 AL Most Valuable Player.
- 2021 All-Star Game.
- 2021 AL Triples Leader.
- 2021 Silver Slugger Award.
- 2021 Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award.
- 2021 Los Angeles Angels Player of the Year.
- 2021 Nick Adenhart Pitcher of the Year Award.
Shohei Ohtani Net Worth
In addition to his MLB contract, Shohei Ohtani earns around $6 million from endorsement deals with Japan Airlines, Oakley, Asics, Nishikawa, Seiko, New Era, Panini, Fanatics, Topps, Hugo Boss, Descente, and Panini.
Shohei Ohtani Contract & Salary
Shohei Ohtani’s current two-year contract with the Angels is worth $8.5 million contract. Ohtani is eligible for salary arbitration after the 2022 season and free agency following the 2023 season.
In November 2017, Shohei Ohtani received a $2.315 million bonus from the Los Angeles Angels.
Shohei Ohtani Family
6’4 Shohei Ohtani born July 5, 1995, is one of three children born to Toru wnd Kayoko Ohtani, also proud parentsto Shohei’s older brother Ryuta and older sister Yuka Ohtani.
Shohei Ohtani Father
Shohei’s father, Toru Ohtani (b. 1962), who coached Shohei when he was younger, played an amateur baseball player in the Japanese Industrial League; he also was a member of his high school’s Track and Field team.
After high school, Toru played for the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Yokohama Baseball Club; he currently works at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Yokohama Group companies in Ashu, Japan.
Shohei Ohtani Mother
Shohei Ohtani’s mother, Kayoko Ohtani, also spelled Kayoko Otani, a former badminton player with the Japanese Badminton Association, was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1963. Kayoko Ohtani married her husband in 1986.
Shohei Ohtani Siblings
Like their parents, both Yuka and Ryuta were athletes, Yuka (b. 1993) played volleyball while his brother Ryuta, born on March 20, 1988, plays baseball (outfielder) at Toyota Motor East Japan; he previously played at Iwate Prefectural Maesawa High School, Mizusawa Komagata Baseball Club, and for the Kochi Fighting Dogs.
Yuka is currently a nurse; she married Hanamaki Higashi High School’s baseball club manager, Hiroyuki Ryuishi.
Shohei Ohtani Girlfriend
A couple of years ago is was said Shohei Ohtani was dating Olympic softball pitcher Kamalani Dung. Neither of them confirmed nor denied their relationship. Nowadays, Shohei Ohtani is allegedly dating Japanese volleyball player Maiko Kano.
5’7 Kamalani was born Xeana Kamalani Dung on March 4, 1997, in Waianae, Hawaii. She is the youngest child of Honey Rodriguez and Lance Dung; her older brother is Lancen Dung. Kamalani played softball at Kamehameha Kapalama High School and later at Fresno State and UC Berkeley. She is also a member of the Puerto Roco Softball National Team.
6’1 Maiko Kano was born in Mitaka, in Tokyo, Japan on July 5, 1988. She was a Japanese National Volleyball team member that won the bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games. Maiko and the National Team also won a bronze medal at the 2010 World Championships in Japan, Asian Championships in Hanoi in 2009, and a silver medal at the 2011 Asian Championship.