Angels’ Shohei Ohtani stars in hitting, throwing and joking in MLB

Last week, if angels assistant pitching coach Dom Chiti walked past the visiting weight room at Fenway Park, he saw the team’s two-way star and defending MVP of the American League do one of the things he often does: train. Shohei Ohtani grimaced as he tried to pick up a silver rubber ball about 12 inches in diameter and throw it against the wall. Suddenly he turned. “NB!” shouted Ohtani and hit the ball to his coach.

The lob nearly knocked over 63-year-old Chiti, who braced himself for what he expected to be a 20-pound projectile… only to realize the ball was filled with air. Ohtani, 27, dissolved into laughter.

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