Shohei Ohtani's Translator Scores Rookie Card with Hilarious Note, Amusing Mike Trout

Angels' Star Engages in Playful Banter with Team Translator.

by Nouman Rasool
Shohei Ohtani's Translator Scores Rookie Card with Hilarious Note, Amusing Mike Trout
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Shohei Ohtani, the MLB's renowned two-way superstar, has recently become the center of attention this offseason due to his landmark move to the Los Angeles Dodgers. After an impressive six-season tenure with the Los Angeles Angels, Ohtani inked a staggering 10-year contract with the Dodgers, valued at an eye-watering $700 million.

Ohtani's journey with the Angels was marked by numerous standout moments, not least of which was clinching the Rookie of the Year award in 2018. Despite his on-field prowess, the Japanese sensation faced challenges off the field, particularly with English language interviews.

To bridge this gap, Ohtani has consistently relied on his trusted translator, Ippei Mizuhara, for media interactions and team communications since joining MLB.

Trout Teases Translator

In a delightful twist, Mizuhara was also honored with a rookie card in 2018 alongside Ohtani.

This card carried a whimsical note stating, "Gets his hair cut once a month," which caught the attention of Angels' star Mike Trout. Trout, known for his lighthearted camaraderie, couldn't resist teasing Mizuhara about his hairstyle, humorously critiquing it as "terrible" but with "good flow." Turning the spotlight to Ohtani's financial status, reports as of 2024 estimate his net worth to be around $50 million (source: Celebrity Net Worth).

This considerable fortune is primarily attributed to his successful baseball career. Before his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2018, Ohtani showcased his skills with the NPB's Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. His initial MLB contract with the Angels was a modest league minimum of $545,000 annually, supplemented by a one-time $2.3 million signing bonus.

This figure saw a significant bump in 2022 with a one-year $30 million extension. The record-breaking deal with the Dodgers in December 2023 further elevated Ohtani's financial trajectory, promising him $20 million over ten years, with the remaining $680 million to be disbursed between 2034 and 2043.

In addition to his baseball earnings, Ohtani is poised to rake in approximately $50 million from endorsements in 2024 alone. With these figures in play, it's expected that Ohtani's net worth will see a substantial increase in the coming years, solidifying his status as a major financial force in the world of professional sports.

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