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Stephen A. Smith Had Some Questionable Comments About Shohei Ohtani

Stephen A. Smith made a pretty suspect remark about Shohei Ohtani earlier today on First Take. When discussing the MLB’s home run leader, he probably should have chosen his word more carefully. Take a listen:

First Take: July 12, 2021, via @SECBallTalk

Shohei Ohtani can absolutely be the face of the MLB as far as I’m concerned. After a few so-so years in Los Angeles, he has absolutely erupted with the Angels. The 27-year-old has crushed 33 home runs and made history as the first two-way All-Star the MLB has ever seen. Stephen A. might have a point if Ohtani was not as good as he is. I am sure Rob Manfred and MLB executives are absolutely loving this guy right now. His incredible season has brought more eyes in from all over the world, especially in Asia and his homeland Japan. So what, he needs a translator? In one inning’s work, he can crush a 450-footer in the top and strike out the side in the bottom. In any event, he is reaching out to his Japanese fans with a translator.

He is the best MLB player to come out of Japan since Ichiro Suzuki and deserves every single camera and spotlight on him. As an East Coast guy, I wish I could see Ohtani play more often. I don’t blame Kevin Durant for paying top dollar to watch this guy from behind the home plate at Yankee Stadium. In my estimation, he is worth every penny and then some. Stephen A. could have just taken it easy and said that he’s a great player. Even then, he would have still been wrong. Ohtani is more than a great player, and Stephen A. Smith needs to get his head checked for saying something like that. The All-Star selection is questionable at times, but Shohei Ohtani was one name they got right.

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