Shohei Ohtani's impending free agency decision is stirring up a storm in the baseball world, with fans eagerly anticipating where the two-way sensation will land next. Among those caught up in the frenzy is Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who recently offered his prediction on the matter.
Speaking on "Willard and Dibs," Kerr, a self-proclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers fan, made a surprising prediction about Ohtani's next move. "I believe [Ohtani] is going to be a Giant," Kerr stated. He explained that his support for Ohtani joining the San Francisco Giants stems from his love for the sport's drama and rivalry, especially between the Giants and Dodgers.
This statement comes as a shock to many, considering the Dodgers are one of the main contenders in the race to sign Ohtani. But Kerr's stance is clear: he's all for the excitement and competitive spirit that such a move would bring to the game, even if it means rooting against his favorite team.
Giants in Ohtani Race
The San Francisco Giants are among five teams rumored to be in the running for Ohtani, though they aren't the top favorites. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, Ohtani expressed interest in possibly joining either the Dodgers or the Toronto Blue Jays.
This revelation has only intensified the speculation around his decision. Ohtani's recent meetings with the Giants, Dodgers, and Blue Jays have kept these teams in strong contention for his signature. Additionally, the Chicago Cubs and a return to the Los Angeles Angels remain possible options.
The frenzy around Ohtani's decision has led to various theories about his potential destination, with some fans even speculating that his dog's name might be a clue. However, more realistic factors like the contract offer and the team's potential for World Series success are likely to be more influential in his decision.
Expected to command a contract around $500 million, Ohtani's desire for postseason glory is a significant factor in his decision. This puts the Dodgers and Blue Jays in a favorable position, but the Giants are still very much in the race.
As the baseball world holds its breath, Ohtani's choice remains a topic of discussion. While many Dodgers fans may not share Kerr's enthusiasm for seeing Ohtani in a Giants uniform, the anticipation surrounding his decision underscores the significant impact it will have on whichever team he chooses to join.