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12月23-30日合併号 大谷選手、米でも「二刀流」 エンゼルス入団

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major
重大な(Major League と掛けている)
(be) set to ~
~することになる
versatility
多才さ
make one's name
名を成す
NPB
(=Nippon Pro-fessional Baseball) 日本野球機構
plate
打席
mastery
技術
post
(ポスティングシステム〈米大リーグ移籍の入札制度〉による移籍を球団が)申請する
win ~ over
~を獲得する
dual skill set
投打の「二刀流」のこと(後出 two-way も同意)
draft pick
ドラフト指名選手
honor
称号
Best Nine Awards
指名打者 (designated hitter) と守備のポジション別に送られる賞
clock ~
~を記録する
ERA
(= earned run average) 防御率
WHIP
(= walks plus hits per inning pitched) 投球回あたりに許した走者の数
smack
打ち込む
average
打率
strive
努力する
hype
(ここでは)大きな期待
pitching win
勝利投手になること

Major Decision   

Ohtani Shohei is set to bring his brand of versatility to Major League Baseball (MLB), and he will do it in a Los Angeles Angels uniform.

    The 23-year-old made his name with the NPB's Nippon Ham Fighters with his amazing hitting at the plate plus ace performance on the mound. This mastery of both sides of the game had MLB teams lining up to sign him when he was posted on Dec. 1, but it was the Angels that won him over.

    "I just felt a strong connection with the Angels. That was the biggest reason why I decided to sign," Ohtani told the some 250 journalists and 1,000 fans at his Dec. 9 introduction at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.

    Much of the attention was focused on Ohtani's dual skill set, and for good reason. The 2013 first-round draft pick hit and pitched his way to Pacific League MVP honors in 2016, the same year he became the first ever player to be chosen for the league's Best Nine Awards as both pitcher and designated hitter. In his five years on the pro stage, Ohtani clocked an ERA of 2.52 and a WHIP of just 1.076. At the plate, he has smacked 48 home runs along the way to a .286 average.

    Nevertheless, Ohtani said, "In no way do I think I'm a complete player. So I hope everyone will push me to get better, and I will strive to meet that challenge."

    His new manager Mike Scioscia said, "We definitely plan on him being a two-way player."

    Despite the hype, Ohtani tried to keep the focus on the team, saying, "I want to do my best as a member of the Angels, and, along with the fans, aim to win a championship." However, he added that he hopes he can get his first MLB pitching win and his first MLB home run in the same game.

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