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The story behind Shohei Ohtani's legendary MVP season as baseball's greatest two-way player--dominant pitcher and outfielder/DH with otherworldly power at the plate--and his path from his early days in Japan to the most fascinating figure in Major League Baseball, with a start-to-finish inside look at his historic 2021 season.



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The story behind Shohei Ohtani's legendary MVP season as
baseball's greatest two-way player--dominant pitcher and DH with otherworldly
power at the plate--from his early days in Japan to his historic 2021 season,
the 2023 World Baseball Classic, and more!

Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels plays baseball like
no other athlete on the planet--an electric two-way player awarded the 2021
American League Most Valuable Player, the only player ever named an All-Star
Selection as both a two-way dominant pitcher and elite hitter, a member of Time
100's most influential people of 2021, and now the MVP of the 2023 World
Baseball Classic. In Ohtani's first two-way game of the 2021 season, he threw a
pitch at 100 mph and hit a homer that left his bat at 115 mph, a confluence of
feats unmatched by anyone else in the sport. He's racked up eye-popping
achievements throughout his career, but awards and numbers tell only part of
his amazing story.

In Sho-Time, award-winning sportswriter Jeff
Fletcher--who has covered Ohtani more than any other American journalist--charts
Ohtani's path through Japanese baseball to a championship with the Nippon-Ham
Fighters, the recruiting war to bring him to the majors, his AL Rookie of the
Year campaign, subsequent injury-riddled seasons, the historic 2021 season, his
2023 World Baseball Classic, and beyond. Fletcher weaves in the history of
two-way players--including Babe Ruth and unsung Negro Leagues players like
"Bullet" Joe Rogan, Martin Dihigo, and Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe--and the
Japanese athletes who preceded Ohtani in the majors. With insight from Japanese
and American baseball front office personnel, managers, scouts, athletic
trainers, ballplayers, and more, Sho-Time breaks down the physics of
Ohtani's game, his technologically advanced training, his international fame,
and the role his role leading baseball into a new era.



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"Shohei is unique, obviously, someone we have never seen before. What he does and how he does it so easily is just different. But such a big part of who he is [...is his] pure joy for the game and the competition. [...] With all of the success he's had, he still has that joy. [...] That's Shohei: always competing and having fun doing it."

--from the foreword by Joe Maddon, World Series champion and former Los Angeles Angels Manager


"Shohei Ohtani was the biggest story of the 2021 season, and perhaps any season. In Sho-Time,
Jeff Fletcher masterfully chronicles not only what Ohtani accomplished
in '21, but also provides the full context to his achievements. From
Ohtani's origin story in Japan to his recruitment by the Angels, his
injury-marred 2019 and '20 seasons to his place in history next to Babe
Ruth, Fletcher's book is the definitive look at Ohtani's two-way
majesty."

--Ken Rosenthal, Senior Writer at The Athletic

"Historians
will be talking about Shohei Ohtani's 2021 season for decades, and
thankfully the baseball gods arranged for Jeff Fletcher to be there to
cover baseball's best two-way player ever in the midst of a pandemic, to
bear witness and mine details and write with grace about the sport's
most incredible individual performance."

--Buster Olney, ESPN

"Shohei Ohtani is a singular phenomenon in baseball, and there's nobody better to tell his story than Jeff Fletcher. Sho-Time
is the essential portrait of baseball's most captivating player,
chronicling Ohtani's rise from child prodigy in the snowy Iwate
Prefecture to two-way MVP sensation under the bright lights of Major
League Baseball. Fletcher goes beyond the carefully scripted press
conferences, revealing in vivid detail the challenges and triumphs of a
baseball journey like no other."

--Tyler Kepner, The New York Times

"OK,
I'll admit it. I'm obsessed with Shohei Ohtani. I missed out on
watching that Babe Ruth guy, but I feel lucky to have watched this guy. I
even thought I knew a lot about him until I opened my copy of Jeff
Fletcher's brilliant new book. Sho-Time
taught me so much I didn't know about the most unique baseball player
of our lifetimes. From the moment I read that phrase, '10-tool player, ' I
was hooked!"

--Jayson Stark, The Athletic

"This
is one the best baseball books ever published relevant to Japan-U.S.
relations. Jeff Fletcher is the most experienced of the Angels beat
writers, and usually the first one to ask Shohei Ohtani questions after
the game. I admire the way he has exchanged information with Japanese
writers for four years. This book is the fruit of his efforts. I always
follow Jeff's work in order to find new information relevant to Ohtani
or Major League Baseball."

--Hideki Okuda, Sports Nippon

"I
thought I knew everything about Shohei Ohtani because I had seen all of
his games and interviewed him for the first time in Tempe in 2018, but I
didn't quite know the extent of everything he did to redesign himself
on the physical and mental side until after I read Sho-Time.
I really appreciated learning about Ohtani's dedication to be the best,
starting from his days in Japan. I realized how much it took for him to
get to this point, to have the best year in baseball history."

--Mark Gubicza, Angels television analyst


Dimensions (Overall): 9.1 Inches (H) x 6.0 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.1 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Sports
Publisher: Diversion Books
Format: Hardcover
Author: Jeff Fletcher
Language: English
Street Date: July 19, 2022
TCIN: 85431040
UPC: 9781635767971
Item Number (DPCI): 247-14-5936
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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