Mets' Marcus Stroman Says Everyone in MLB Is 'In Awe' of Shohei Ohtani's Talent

Adam WellsMay 19, 2021

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) runs to third base during a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Monday, May 17, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
AP Photo/Ashley Landis

New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman did his best to sum up how special Shohei Ohtani is on the baseball diamond.

Stroman tweeted that Ohtani is a "mythical legend" who everyone in Major League Baseball "is in awe of."

Marcus Stroman @STR0

Ohtani is a mythical legend in human form. What he’s doing is beyond incredible. Everyone in the big leagues is in awe of his talent. After games, I be running to my phone to check and see what Ohtani did on the night! Lol 😂

Ohtani is off to an MVP-caliber start this season for the Los Angeles Angels. The Japanese sensation leads MLB with 14 homers and 98 total bases and leads the American League with a .632 slugging percentage.

On the mound, Ohtani has a 2.10 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 25.2 innings. He threw a 101 mph fastball and hit a 450-foot homer in the same inning April 4 against the Chicago White Sox.

With the Angels having lost Mike Trout for possibly two months because of a strained right calf, Ohtani is going to be the centerpiece of their lineup in addition to their ace.

Ohtani's rare talent makes him one of the few people capable of handling the burden of filling in for Trout as the best player on the team—and perhaps the best player in baseball.