ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is suggesting a major trade in MLB.
Speaking on Wednesday’s “First Take,” the ESPN personality suggested that the Los Angeles Angels should end the Shohei Ohtani era and trade him elsewhere. He even likened the Japanese-born superstar to Babe Ruth in terms of talent.
“They haven’t been to the postseason since 2014. They haven’t had a winning record with [Ohtani and Mike Trout] together in the time they’ve been Angels. Excuse me? You can’t let him walk for nothing. … This is the modern-day Babe Ruth. What happened to Babe Ruth? … he was traded. … You’ve got to move him.”
Things are not going well for the Angels right now. Hours after the team announced an injury to Mike Trout, two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani was forced to exit on Tuesday with a blister on his right middle finger.
The 29-year-old came out of the game with a trainer in the sixth inning after allowing back-to-back home runs. It was the first time he allowed that to happen in his career.
Ohtani did not return as a pitcher or hitter.
Despite his injury, he is currently in the midst of a historic season as a pitcher and hitter. On the mound, the former MVP is 7-4 with 132 strikeouts, a 3.41 ERA, and 1.11 WHIP. And as a batter, he’s hitting .300 with 61 runs, an MLB-leading 31 homers, 68 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases.
The Angels are 45-43 and in third place in the AL West. They have a lot of work to do to either try and win the division or get into the playoffs by way of the wild card race.
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