Samson: Ohtani Injury Very Bad For Baseball

Shohei Ohtani was a great story, David Samson said, "but that story is now over"

Reiter Than You
June 13, 2018 - 10:09 am

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Shohei Ohtani was having perhaps the most impressive season by any baseball player since Babe Ruth. No, Ohtani might not have done anything record-breaking, but he was dazzling both in the batter’s box on the mound.

He was hitting .289 with a .372 OBP, six home runs, 20 RBIs, eight doubles and a triple in 114 at-bats, and he was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 61 strikeouts in nine starts.

It was breathtaking. 

And now he might need Tommy John.

“He was a once-in-a-now-generation (player),” former Marlins president David Samson said on Reiter Than You. “We don’t talk about faces of the game anymore because we don’t have any real faces of the game. The attention span of the fan base is so short that we just have to have a series of good stories. The problem with this is Ohtani was a great story for today – but that story is now over. And the reason it’s over is he’s not going to play.”

In other words: Out of sight, out of mind. 

“It’s very bad for baseball,” Samson said. “I wanted him to be in Washington (for the All-Star Game) on July 17, and I wanted him to pitch one inning and to take an at-bat as a DH – because why not? The game doesn’t count. Let’s do something fun for the fans. And now that story and that story arc is just changed forever.”