‘Stark contrast of rivals’: Ohtani is MVP, Fujinami is LVP
The fortunes of rivals are in stark contrast.
Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels) and Shintaro Fujinami (Oakland Athletics).
They were rivals when they made their Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) debuts.
But in Major League Baseball (MLB), Ohtani has the upper hand.
“Idoryu” Ohtani was named the American League MVP in 2021. This earned him a huge pay raise to $30 million this season.안전놀이터
When he becomes a free agent at the end of the season, his total value is expected to reach $500 million.
This season, Ohtani has continued to excel on the mound. As a pitcher, he is 5-1 with a 3.01 ERA. As a hitter, he’s batting .280 with 12 home runs. He’s on pace to be the Angels’ MVP.
On the other hand, the $3.25 million-per-year Fujinami has a dismal record. He is 1-5 with a 12.69 ERA. He started as a starter but was demoted to the bullpen.
Fans have sarcastically said that Fujinami is “aiming for the LVP (Least Valuable Player) award this year”.
However, some have said, “We’re only 25 per cent of the way through the season. He has time to rebound,” while others point out that it’s too early to give up.